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Your little one

At week six, your little one is actually called an embryo and measures around 1.4cm long. In fact, it’s about the size of a pea! So not only are your little pea’s brain cells multiplying at an incredible rate, its heart is beginning to beat and circulate blood around its body.

The buds that will become arms and legs are starting to grow too, while its eyes are starting to take shape and darken with pigment.

Between weeks 6-12, the umbilical cord will form and facial features such as the mouth and nose will start to become more defined – so cute!

How are you?

Naturally you’re changing and adapting to this wonderful new stage of your life, and while no one may have noticed yet, your waist is expanding more by the day! Finding out you’re pregnant can be an extremely emotional time, and on top of feeling pretty tired, you may also be experiencing morning sickness – just to make things more fun!

It’s not unusual to be experiencing some period-like cramps now too, however, if you’re concerned, always check with your healthcare professional. Eating small amounts often may help, and have your heat pack handy.

Vitamins and minerals are very important in the first trimester and throughout pregnancy to help your baby develop and grow. Vitamin and mineral supplements, especially folate or folic acid, are recommended as supplements containing folate can help to reduce the risk of neural tube defects such as spina bifida.

Not long until next week, when you find out your due date at your dating scan.

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