Pregnancy Week 5: Your Week By Week Pregnancy Guide
Your baby is developing his/her brain, spinal chord, nerves, and backbone. For you, this is the time to avoid activities that may pose a threat to your pregnancy.
Congratulations on coming this far! You are now in week 5 of your pregnancy. Let’s find out what your little baby is up to this week.
Your baby’s size can actually be measured now, although he is still really tiny. Also, your baby resembles a tadpole more than human at this point. The fetus has grown to 1.2mm in length and weighs about 1.1g at this stage, around the size of a sesame seed!
- Your baby is furiously at work now. His/her major organs such as kidneys and liver are starting to grow.
- His/her heart is beginning to divide into chambers and will begin to pump blood soon–this is one of the most exciting news in this week by week pregnancy guide.
- His/her intestines have started to develop, and the appendix is in place.
- The neural tube–from which your baby’s brain, spinal cord, nerves, and backbone will sprout–is starting to develop.
- There are four tiny buds that begin sprouting. These will later turn into your baby’s arms and legs.
While to the outside world your body doesn’t look any different, this week by week pregnancy guide will prove that your body is now sending you definite signs that some things are changing:
- Your breasts begin to feel sore, you will begin to experience morning sickness, and fatigue is likely to set in.
- Another not-so-happy symptom is the urge to pee frequently; this is due to expanding kidneys.
Don’t stress yourself out! It’s important to get sufficient rest and relaxation.
- You should watch out for spotting. Although it is common in the early stages of pregnancy, it can also be an early sign of miscarriage or an ectopic pregnancy.
- Improve your muscle control by doing Kegel exercises several times a day.
- You can alter your diet and split your meals into smaller portions that can be consumed throughout the day.
You could also discuss with your spouse when you want to share your good news with family and friends.
- Get a comprehensive medical history of you and your spouse’s immediate family. Your doctor will ask you about any chronic illnesses in the family that may affect you or the baby.
- This is also a good time to take a good look at your lifestyle and your job. Ensure that any activity or environment that could be potentially dangerous to your baby is eliminated immediately.
Your next week: 6 weeks pregnant
Your previous week: 4 weeks pregnant
Do you have questions on this week by week pregnancy guide? What are your current concerns, mums? Leave us a comment below!