A new law against abortion has reached Texas, in the United States. It is not the first, according to the Guttmacher organization. In fact, they point out that up to 8 states have tried ban abortion at 6 weeks based on the presence of the fetal heartbeat. But how the fuck is the embryo developed at six weeks? Is there really a heartbeat at 6 weeks? Let’s see what the experts have to say.
You have to take several things into account. First, when we talk about 6 weeks, they are not pregnant but from the beginning of the last menstruation. That means that the person can be of very little time. If it is not a desired pregnancy, it will most likely take several weeks for you to realize that you are pregnant.
But even if it was six weeks from the beginning of the pregnancy; it must be clear that still an embryo. That is, you cannot even consider a fetus yet, much less a baby, at least within medical jargon. This distinction is important because even at 6 weeks gestation spontaneous abortions can occur, for instance. Many of these are produced by non-viability of pregnancy due to circumstances that affect its development.
Even in the sixth week of pregnancy, nothing suggests that pregnancy will naturally come to fruition. That means that an abortion can occur. We are not going to talk about the mother’s will to decide whether or not you want to continue the pregnancy; but it is something that doctors should be aware of. Let’s go back to the fetal heartbeat: Does the heart beat in the sixth week of pregnancy?
Does the heart beat in the sixth week of pregnancy?
In the sixth week of pregnancy there are women who have not even realized that they are pregnant yet. It is, in fact, the moment when they can begin to notice certain symptoms such as chest tenderness, more tiredness or sleepiness, or even more urge to urinate.
The heartbeat is not even audible if the doctor uses the stethoscope on the pregnant person’s belly
The embryo measures between 2 and 4 millimeters and weighs less than one gram. It is beginning to form, but it will still take a while for it to be a well-defined baby. The nervous system and the heart are beginning to develop. And even what we know as fetal heartbeat that can be detected on an ultrasound. It is “a small flutter in the area that will become the baby’s future heart,” explains the doctor in Science Alert. Saima Aftab, Medical Director of the Fetal Care Center at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital in Miami. In fact, the heartbeat is not even audible if the doctor uses the stethoscope on the pregnant person’s belly.
This happens because the first electrical signals begin to appear; But it does not mean that the heart is already beating (it still has some time to bend and have the shape of the organ we know) or that it will do so in the future. It can be said that it is like a heart test mode. The presence of the fetal heart, however, “in no way does it translate into the viability of the heart“Or the viability of the pregnancy, Aftab said. In fact, the doctor adds that the heart still needs another four or six weeks to form and, even then, it will still be the entire first trimester developing.
In short, if we are going to base ourselves on the things that we believe make us alive to consider whether an abortion can occur; it is best to know well what we are observing. There are certain decisions that are very complex; That is why each woman (and her partner, if she so wishes) are the ones who should take it. And the sixth week is too early to even know if you are pregnant, to also make this kind of decision.