6 Weeks Pregnant: Morning Wellness“My hands reach out to protect my baby. My baby reaches towards me.”
This week or next you might start noticing pregnancy-related nausea called “morning sickness,” though it can happen at any time of day. While these feelings can signal rising pregnancy hormones—and therefore, a potentially more viable pregnancy —waves of nausea are no fun.
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Here are a few Spinning Babies ideas to help take the edge off:
- Drink warm, unflavored water upon waking to overcome sluggishness.
- Keep a snack at your bedside table.
- Eat protein in the morning and every 2-4 hours.
- Keep meals small, but frequent.
- Take 50 mg of B vitamins.
- Drink ginger tea or try ginger lozenges/candy.
- Add a few drops of essential oils to a diffuser. Try ginger, peppermint, and lavender.
- Sip Red Raspberry Leaf tea (made from red raspberry leaves, not a flavored black tea).
- Try Sea-Bands, which activate acupressure points that fight nausea.
- Try acupuncture.
- Consider Emotional Freedom Technique and/or Eye Movement Therapy.
Spinning Babies Activity of the Week
Find a chiropractor who is a Spinning Babies® Aware Practitioner (SpBAP). If there is not a SpBAP close to you, find a chiropractor trained in the Webster Technique. (All are trained in prenatal care, but some go the extra mile with additional training.) A chiropractor can help align your spine, which helps your nervous system work optimally. Plus, you feel like a million bucks after a good adjustment! For now, bringing balance to your spine and pelvis can actually help ease nausea. As you see your chiropractor throughout pregnancy, adjustments may help relieve back, neck, and pelvic pain, as well as bring balance to your body that can reduce labor time.
Your Baby This Week
Your baby and its protective sac are ¼ inch, or the size of a sweet pea! The embryo grows from a long pear shape into a shrimp shape, but don’t let these primitive shapes fool you. The face is forming already, and the major organs and early fingers are starting to appear. The heart is already beating and pumping blood, sending the first signals up the early spinal cord structure to direct the beginning of brain formation.
You This Week
Most people do not feel very pregnant at six weeks gestation. Sleepiness, nausea, or tender breasts may be the only signs. Unless you conceived through In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) or this is a high-risk pregnancy, most care providers wait to schedule the first prenatal appointment until 10 weeks. The wait may be tough, so in the meantime, take extra good care of yourself with plenty of rest.
Affirmations are short, powerful statements that can affect your conscious thoughts. Close your eyes, breathe deeply and slowly, and repeat the following to yourself each day throughout the next week. Fill yourself with breath and feel the joy: