Your baby this week
6 weeks pregnant

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Your little embryo is growing very quickly now! Leg and arm buds are getting bigger, the heart has divided into right and left chambers, and the lung passageways are present. Many internal organs are formed, and the eyes, ears and nose are coming in. Eyelids are closed and will remain that way until week 27. (Still not really sure you're pregnant? Check out some of the signs and symptoms you may experience, and how likely each one is to be correct!)

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Focus on eating balanced meals. You need about 300 more calories per day than a non-pregnant woman to keep up with the demands the baby is taking from your body.

Get more information about nutrition during pregnancy here.

How much weight will you gain?

Pregnant woman

Just as there's no such thing as "one size fits all" pantyhose (at best, they're "one size fits some"!), there's no such thing as a "one size fits all" recommendation for weight gain during pregnancy.

The amount of weight that you need to gain is determined by your pre-pregnancy weight.

  • If you are underweight (your body mass index is less than 20), you should aim for a weight gain of 28 to 40 lb. (12.5 to 18 kg).
  • If you are at a healthy weight (your body mass index is between 20 and 27), you should aim for a weight gain of 25 to 35 lbs (11.5 to 16 kg).
  • If you are overweight (your body mass index is greater than 27), you should aim for a weight gain of 15 to 25 lbs (7.0 to 11.5 kg).

While it's tempting to use pregnancy as the best excuse ever for overindulging (to pretend that the other person you're eating for is a 250 lb. trucker rather than a 1 pound fetus!), it's healthier for you and your baby to keep your weight gain within the healthy range. Besides, you can't fool Mother Nature forever.

At the end of the day, you'll be forced to confront those less-than-welcome pregnancy "souvenirs" on your hips and thighs. Click here to learn how to create a smart pregnancy weight gain plan!

Nursing through pregnancy

Pregnant and breastfeeding? Can it be done?

Nancy Holtzman, a Registered Nurse and Lactation Consultant, has the information you need to make an informed decision. "Some mothers may be surprised to find that they become pregnant while still nursing an older baby, and wonder if they should continue to nurse, or wean their toddler from the breast. Research shows that there is no harm to the growing fetus by continuing to nurse an older sibling."

Click here to read the rest of the article and put your fears to rest.

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