Your Pregnancy Fetal Development: Week 6
While you won't be able to find out the gender of your baby for several more weeks, the version you'll give birth to is being determined right now. Of course, your mother-in-law already knows it'll be a boy. And your sister is sure that it's a girl. And the medical expert that is your 5-year-old nephew says it's absolutely a boy (and if it's a girl, he doesn't want anything to do with it). Isn't it wonderful how clairvoyant people are?
What You're Thinking: "If I put my head in my hands and stare down at my desk, it'll look like I'm working really hard and nobody will know I'm actually sleeping."
- This week starts a period of rapid cellular development for your baby-to-be, who looks like a mini tadpole, with a tiny head and tail. His or her eyes, ears and mouth have begun to form (though they're a little more Discovery Channel "creatures of the sea" documentary than Gerber Baby at this point). Other exciting milestones include:
- Your baby's heart is now beating to a regular beat, although it's still too faint to hear.
- His or her arm buds are just beginning to, well, bud. They look like teensy swollen bumps at this point. In a few days, they'll resemble itsy-bitsy flippers.
- Your baby has grown to 1/8 inch long—about the size of one of the chocolate sprinkles on your last cupcake (and your last ice cream cone, and your last sundae and your last giant cookie ... maybe there is something to those rumors about pregnancy cravings!).
- You may be feeling super-tired or nauseous (or super-tired and nauseous—lucky you!) and your boobs are most likely killing you. This is due to the myriad of hormones raging through your body at levels rivaling a teenage boy's.
- If you can't stay awake for the second half of Grey's Anatomy, blame it on the baby. Extreme exhaustion is often one of the first signs of pregnancy, and while your body will probably regain some of its strength by the time you enter your second trimester, you might find yourself nodding off during Dr. McDreamy's love scenes ... or worse, yours!
- Constant exhaustion can really wear you down, so make sure to rest up. That means skipping Letterman.
- If you're feeling like you're living in a pregnancy-induced fog, try natural remedies for fatigue.
- Even though it's the last thing you want to hear right now, moderate exercise is a great way to help tackle exhaustion. Try short walks, gentle stretching or a prenatal yoga class to help boost your energy.
- We hate to bring up the drudgery of finances (it's so much more fun to talk about little baby socks and little baby fingers, and how to decorate the nursery, and the rocking shower your best friend will throw for you), but it's never too early to think about budgeting and saving money.
- Grandparents want to help? Invite them to start a 529 plan while you focus on more immediate concerns like creating a household budget for the first year.
- Want to get an idea of the big money picture? Check out some cold, hard facts on the cost of raising children. Just keep in mind that it happens one day at a time, so don't let all the number crunching overwhelm you.
- Once you find out how much junior will cost you, you might be tempted to curb your latte habit in an effort to save the $4.25 you cough up daily. But don't. The simple pleasure of getting your overpriced coffee—alone—and sipping it while reading the paper—alone—will be worth a lot more than you'll ever know in 34 weeks.