Welcome to week 6 of your pregnancy!

By the time you're 6 to 7 weeks pregnant, there's a large bulge where the heart is and a bump at the head end of the neural tube. This bump will become the brain and head.

The embryo is curved and has a tail, and looks a bit like a small tadpole. The heart can sometimes be seen beating on a vaginal ultrasound scan at this stage.

The developing arms and legs become visible as small swellings (limb buds). Little dimples on the side of the head will become the ears, and there are thickenings where the eyes will be.

By now, the embryo is covered with a thin layer of see-through skin, too!

If you smoke, quitting can lead to significant benefits for both of you. Smoking in pregnancy can harm your baby and stopping will have immediate benefits. For example, you will you will reduce the risk of stillbirth and your baby is less likely to be born too early and have to face the breathing, feeding and health problems that often go with being born prematurely. Support is available to help you on your journey to a smoke-free pregnancy - call the National Smokefree helpline on 0300 123 1044 for more information, or ask a midwife to refer you.



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