Your Pregnancy at Week 5by Your Baby Club
Holy moly! There is some crazy growing going on in there!
your baby this week:
Imagine all those women out there that have a hive of activity going on, but don't yet know they are pregnant! You can usually take an early home pregnancy test between 7 and 14 days after ovulation, or up to 6 days before your missed period. Once those two lines or a '+' appears, you're pregnant - congratulations mumma!
Your little embryo has progressed from the size of a pinhead last week, to a grain of rice this week. Now, all of this under a microscope looks more like a tadpole than a baby but watch this space - your tadpole will turn into a prince (or princess) and not a frog!
A busy week too for your embryo's heart, as it takes its first beats this week following the division of the chambers. How amazing that these beats will now continue for at least the next 80 years! The forming blood vessels are starting to transport blood, aiding the development of the growing heart and circulatory system.
You may be starting to feel some tenderness in your boobs, which may also be a little bigger. Light period cramps can often occur around this time as everything continues to settle in. Some women do experience some light spotting at this stage, known as implantation bleeding. However, any bleeding that is persistent or heavy should be checked out.
Your diet is just as important now as ever before (if not more so). The temptation to eat for two can be strong but remember you don’t need any additional calories for the first trimester, so be mindful that you could end up putting on additional weight.
Keeping up with your normal exercise routine is fine (assuming you are not bungee jumping), but if you haven't already, now will be a good time to cut down or stop any bad habits like smoking or drinking alcohol and check out our guide on 'What to Eat During Pregnancy'.
If you haven't started taking them yet, you need to start taking folic acid and vitamin D supplements, essential to your baby's steady growth and development, as well as your health. You'll need to take at least 400ug of folic acid per day to prevent the development of neural tube defects in the early stages of development, until at least 13-weeks.
Louise Broadbridge - Our Expert Midwife
Hi, my name is Louise, I am a Registered Midwife, founder of Let's Talk Birth and Baby and the face behind Instagram's The Honest Midwife. I have worked in health settings for the past 30 years, the majority of which have been working in children and family settings.
your tips & to do's:
To combat the discomfort that is your abnormally tender breasts, invest in a proper jogging bra, which will feel more comfortable than the normal go-to bra you're probably growing out of.
Write down the details of your pregnancy, because the next months of your life will be filled with excitement, stress, trials, expectations, and plans for the future. From gear to choose and a nursery to prepare, to extra snacks and extra naps, channel your thoughts, wishes, and worries into a pregnancy journal or blog. For journal inspiration, look through pregnancy and baby sections at local bookstores. Some journals have designated spaces to record the details of doctor visits, symptoms, weight gain, and more. Other journals offer question prompts, or blank pages from cover to cover.
Check out other moms-to-be chronicling their lives via blogs on the Internet. You may even find unexpected joy in having an easy, accessible way to update friends and extended family members who want to check in on your progress and enjoy photos, expanding and strengthening your circle of love and support. Whether you use a journal as an outlet for your private thoughts or to stay in touch with distant family and friends, it's a great way to capture your personal memories and milestones.
Join a local pregnancy support group, online or in person, if you are feeling lonely, or lack support.
Drink a lot of water
If you haven’t told your partner about the pregnancy, or if haven’t selected an OB or other pregnancy healthcare provider, now is the time to do so!
In week five, life tends to continue as it did before. You may not feel any different and wish you’d start feeling or looking pregnant, yearning for some symptom as proof of the life growing inside of you. Alternatively, you may be experiencing a few - or all - of the early pregnancy symptoms, mentioned below, yet wish to keep your symptoms and growing belly under wraps for as long as humanly possible.
- Increased hCG levels
- Morning Sickness, nausea, or vomiting
- Food aversions
- Tender, swollen, sore, or tingling breasts
- Darkened areola
- Frequent urination
- Metallic taste in mouth
- Mood Swings
- No Symptoms
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