5 Weeks Pregnant

image001When you are 5 weeks pregnant, you might be experiencing breast tenderness, morning sickness, and serious fatigue. Now is the time to get a good physician who can see you through the rest of your pregnancy. Now is when the regular check-ups begin, and they will continue until you give birth. Here is what to expect when you are 5 weeks pregnant.

What Are the Pregnancy Symptoms at 5 Weeks?

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Fatigue

At this point, you don’t look pregnant yet. Your baby is too small to give itself away with a “baby bump”, so the secret is still all yours. But you are definitely feeling the effects of early pregnancy, especially the tenderness of your breasts and the exhaustion that seems to come out of nowhere. You are so tired right now because your baby is taking a great deal of your energy to grow and change. Sleep has become one of your best friends!

Morning sickness

You might also be feeling the first signs of morning sickness. Some women feel this all through the first trimester, but others might not experience it until later in the first few months. Right now you could feel queasy from time to time or feel an aversion to certain foods.

Headaches

One of the big annoyances right now is the headaches. Many women deal with serious headaches during the first trimester, thanks to all those hormone changes that are happening inside you. If you have an aching head, try home remedies–and get lots of sleep.

How Does Your Baby Grow?

Your baby might be very small at this point–only about the size of a sesame seed–but the day-to-day growth is absolutely astounding. This is when all the important functions of your baby’s body are forming. Your baby is a ball of cells with three layers. The first layer, the ectoderm, will turn into your baby’s spine, nerves, and brain. The second layer, the mesoderm, will eventually transform into your baby’s heart and circulatory systems, as well as the bones and muscles. The third layer, or the endoderm, will create your baby’s lungs, intestines, and other bodily organs.

Your baby is already getting all the oxygen and blood supply needed to make all these changes happen. The placenta and umbilical cord are in place and you are already nourishing your baby’s growth.

Curious about how your baby is growing? This video can show you what’s happening inside:

How Does Your Life Change When You're 5 Weeks Pregnant?

Life is changing a bit, and preparing you for things to come. You are really tired, and that’s because your baby is taking up so many of your physical resources to grow. Be kind to yourself now and get much more sleep than usual. Your breasts are tender, because the mammary glands are growing and preparing to feed your baby. And you are probably urinating quite a bit, running to the bathroom every hour or so, due to the increased pressure on your bladder.

You might be feeling a little queasy from time to time, or even have the first signs of morning sickness. That means that you are much more careful about where you go, and you like to have a bathroom close at hand at all times. You might also be changing your eating habits, including cutting out alcohol and going for more veggies and fruits.

How Can You Deal with Food Aversions at 5 Weeks Pregnancy?

When you are 5 weeks pregnant, you might be surprised by sudden aversions to foods. Even foods you once loved now make you feel a little sick. You no longer crave them; in fact, you downright detest them, but you don’t really know why!

You are definitely not alone. Studies show that 85 percent of pregnant women suffer from food aversions, and that it often goes further than that – there might be some foods you simply can’t even stand to smell or see. There are many reasons for this, but scientists believe it goes back to the days of old, when our ancestors had to be very careful about what they ate if they were expecting a child. Your biological urge to protect is kicking in, and so your body fights back against anything that might seem that it could harm your baby, even if it won’t.

The bad news is that this can make you avoid foods that are actually good for you. The good news is that there are ways around that. You can try substituting other foods that you can stomach, and you can also speak to your doctor about supplements if the food aversions are really terrible.

More Tips on 5 Weeks Pregnancy

1. Change Your Lifestyle

You are still very early in the pregnancy, so now is the time to make those big lifestyle changes that are necessary to carry a healthy baby to term.

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Eat well

Continue to take prenatal vitamins, and make a point of eating well–lots of fruits and veggies, good whole fiber foods, and no alcohol, nicotine or caffeine.

Medications

If you are taking any sort of medications, speak to your doctor immediately about whether they are safe during pregnancy.

Stop Smoking

If you smoke, now is the time to stop. The same holds true for alcohol.

Stop Thrill-Seeking

If you are involved in thrill-seeking hobbies, now is the time to put them on hold for a while.

Better the environment

Look into your home and work environment–are you exposed to things that could hurt your baby? If so, it’s time to look into how you can change those things.

2. Design Long-term Plans

Start making some long-term plans, like thinking about the kind of birth experience you want and learning more about what your body will go through over the next several months. The more knowledge you have, the more relaxed you will be when the big day comes!

3. Make an Appointment with a Doctor

Make an appointment with a good doctor if you have not yet done so.

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