How your baby’s growing
Even though you don’t look pregnant yet, your baby is already growing inside your body. Although, as an embryo, your baby still looks more like a tadpole than a human being, your baby’s major organs are developing. Your baby’s kidneys and heart are growing, and the neural tube, which protects the spinal cord and connects it to his brain, is closing over.
Pregnancy symptoms at Week 5
Although some women won’t feel pregnant at five weeks, you may just start to notice that you don’t like how certain foods smell. This is very common. Most mums-to-be experience some degree of nausea in the first trimester. You may feel tired; you may also have the urge to go to the toilet very often. Don’t fret. You are perfectly normal.
Although you may find these early symptoms annoying, they won’t last forever.
How your life is changing
You might have started seeing the signs of pregnancy by now, but if you have an irregular menstrual cycle, you might still be wondering why you always feel tired and sick. It will get better. Don’t worry.
If you know you are pregnant, you might be feeling a bit worried or anxious about how your pregnancy is progressing, particularly because you have not done a scan, and you can’t register for antenatal yet. Try to relax, eat well and get plenty of rest, but do have a chat with your doctor if you have any worries.
Try to get eat well, even if you don’t feel like eating. You need to keep your energy levels up, and your baby will benefit if your meals include a variety of nutrients.
What you need to know
- Get plenty of vitamin C every day, especially now, when your baby’s cells are growing fast. Good sources include: oranges, Pineapple, and Watermelon. You should already be taking folic acid and Vitamin D by now.
- If you have a job, start thinking about your maternity leave and find out how much you are entitled to.
- If you’ve had a miscarriage in the past, you may find it hard to enjoy this pregnancy at first. Don’t worry; you will be fine.
Tips for Week 5
-For a natural morning sickness remedy, try eating some cucumber slices. It helps.
- Keep fit. It is important in pregnancy, both for you and your baby’s health, and potentially for an easy labour and delivery.