It's been four weeks since you conceived, and the embryo is now six weeks old. (Remember, the age of a fetus is calculated from the beginning of the last menstrual period - not from the actual date of conception, which usually happens two weeks later.) Still less than 1/5 of an inch long (4 to 5 mm), it has tripled in size and is starting to look somewhat familiar. The brain is developing distinct areas, and the eyes and ears are beginning to take shape. Even at this early date, the heart is being formed and is starting to pump blood at a rate of about 150 beats per minute. The backbone, ribs, and muscles of the back and sides will grow out of 40 small blocks of tissue that are developing along the fetus’ future spine!
Nothing is more crucial to your pregnancy than getting good prenatal care. That means choosing a compatible health care provider who you can call whenever you have questions or concerns about you or your baby. In today's world, everything counts: bedside manner, philosophy, type of practice, and medical credentials. For some people, it's the qualifications that count the most.
Each type of medical practitioner will treat you and your pregnancy differently. So before you decide on "the one," research each practitioner and practice as extensively as you can.
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The telltale sign of pregnancy -- morning sickness -- may set in this week. To ease your queasy tummy, try keeping it full at all times. Eat small, simple meals every two to three hours, drink lots of water, and never leave home without a healthy snack in your bag. Some mothers' favorite snacks include power bars, graham crackers, plain crackers, and dried fruits and nuts.
Review Date: 12/9/2012
Reviewed By: Irina Burd, MD, PhD, Maternal Fetal Medicine, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network.