Your Pregnancy: Week 5

Pregnancy week by week: You are five weeks pregnant


Your Body

HCG (human Chorionic Gonadotropin) hormone levels are sufficiently high in week five for a home pregnancy test to display a positive result. This exciting news coupled with increased and fluctuating hormones can cause a minefield of emotions — exhilaration and anticipation mixed with anxiety and trepidation.

You may start to notice some of the early signs of pregnancy include headaches and dizziness, nausea and vomiting, swollen breasts, heartburn, cravings, bloating, constipation, frequent urination and increased metabolism. You may have a heightened sense of smell as well. Within a week or two, you may notice your clothes are a bit tighter.

It’s common to feel tired, so get as much rest as you can. Frequent small meals can help reduce nausea and fatigue – many women find it helps to have food beside their beds so they can snack before getting up. Continue with your folic acid supplement, and increase calcium in your diet. It’s a good time to get in touch with your midwife or doctor and make that first appointment.

Baby’s World

The c-shaped embryo looks somewhat like a tadpole and is about the size of a sesame seed (2.5 mm/0.09 in.). The placenta helps transfer nutrients from you to the baby through the newly-developed umbilical cord. His head is growing faster than other body parts to make room for his brain, and his nose and cheeks are visible. The heart is dividing into left and right chambers and beats faintly, although it is still not fully functioning. Other major organs like the kidneys and stomach have begun to form. Paddle-like arms and legs can be seen but fingers and toes have yet to appear.

Fun fact

In the first trimester a baby undergoes the most development and growth, more so than any other stage of pregnancy.

Weeks 1-4     Week 6


Edited by Teresa Pittman

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