After six weeks of pregnancy, your baby is only a few millimeters, but now your heart beats fast and strong. If you hear it during a medical examination or ultrasound test, it sounds something like accelerated a horse galloping. The speed of your heartbeat is normal for this gestational stage.
- Your baby measures: between 0.08 and 0.16 inches (2 to 5 mm)
- More or less of the size: an Apple seed
Even so of tiny, your baby develops to giant steps. This week they begin to form facial, like eyes and nose features, and the small holes where are his ears. Also started its development the extremities, digestive and respiratory systems, the brain, muscles and bones.
Prenatal care is the health care you receive in a systematic manner during your pregnancy. The early and consistent care throughout the pregnancy is key to ensure your well-being and that of your baby.
It is ideal to start your antenatal care before becoming pregnant, when you begin to plan your pregnancy.
However, since the majority of pregnancies are unplanned, you must start it as soon as possible, by between six to eight weeks of pregnancy, according to the official of the Department of health guidelines of United States.
If you have a normal and high-risk pregnancy, appointments are usually monthly in the first months, and more often during the last weeks of pregnancy. At every appointment, your doctor carries out evaluations of routine, like your blood pressure, weight, urine testing and measurement of your uterus. Occasionally, you must also perform additional tests to diagnose or rule out the risk of having complications. Learn more about these and other important details on antenatal care on .