Fetal Development – Week 6

Fetal Development – Week 6

Fetal Development – Week 6

At 6 weeks, you may have just found out that you are pregnant or you may have known for a couple of weeks.  Either way, you’re probably still getting used to the idea.  You might be experiencing some pregnancy symptoms such as nausea or extreme fatigue.  As the baby continues to grow, you might be more curious to know what he/she looks like.

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Week 6:

The embryo is about 1/5 of an inch in length.  This is a critical period of growth for the embryo.  Head, mouth, intestines, and liver begin to take shape.  The eyes begin to form and the extremities can be seen in much more detail, including all ten fingers.  The embryo is now moving and responds to touch.

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The most accurate way to determine how far along you are is to have an ultrasound.  During an ultrasound at ACPC Women’s Clinic, one of our nurses will take measurements to determine the gestational age of the baby.  The first and earliest ultrasound is usually the most accurate of ultrasounds throughout your pregnancy in determining gestational age. 

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Sources: A Child Is Born by Lennart Nilsson; Nine Month Miracle, A.D.A.M. Software, Inc; Introduction to Child Development, 6th ed., by John Dworetzky; More information about how fetal photographs were taken.