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5 weeks pregnant

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You have now completed five weeks of pregnancy. The four weeks are usually counted after your last period date and hence effectively it is only approximately 3 weeks after conception.

Your baby at this stage (5 weeks)

Till now you do not “look” pregnant, but at this stage the baby is developing very fast inside you. Around this week your baby’s heart would start beating. Currently, your baby is just an embryo and resembles a tadpole more than a human being but major organs are starting to develop now. Baby’s heart is being formed and the neural tube is closing over (neural tube protects the baby’s spinal chord and is the connection to the baby’s brain, neural tube defect occurs when it is not able to close over, however it can be avoided by taking a folic acid supplement).

Your symptoms at this stage (5 weeks)

Many women don’t start to feel pregnant at five weeks, however you might have the onset of some of the typical pregnancy symptoms .

You are likely to notice a bit of nausea, or find that certain foods make you feel queasy. This is one of the most common pregnancy symptom.A majority of pregnant women are likely experience at least some degree of nausea during the first 12 weeks of pregnancy. If you experience fatigue and tiredness that’s perfectly normal too.

Other common symptoms are headaches, tender breasts and increase in trips to the loo. Most of these symptoms occur as the pregnancy hormones are increasing in your body. Although most of these symptoms are annoying, you can get some relief in knowing that these are likely to last only for the 1st trimester and should be annoyances instead of huge problems.

Your life at this stage

You need to improve your eating habits at this time, if you are not already eating well. Try to include different types of nutrients in your diet as this would help in maintaining your energy levels as well as benefit your baby. Small meals at regular intervals are advised to improve nausea as well as to have a healthier digestion. Simply having 2-3 large meals during the day could make your nausea worse at times.

It is also advised to include a variety of fruits and vegetables in your diet.

Important things to keep in mind

  • You should have good amount of vitamin C daily, as your baby’s cells are growing rapidly now.. Good sources of Vitamin C are: oranges, capsicum, kiwi fruit and broccoli. By now you should already be taking folic acid, but it is a good idea to consult your doctor in case you require any more supplements.
  • If you are working full time, it would be a good idea to start planning your maternity leave. youdon’t need to tell your employer at this stage but planning starts now. To start with, you could find out the entitled paid and/or unpaid leave.
  • Tempted by sushi/seafood? Check out our article about foods to avoid during pregnancy to get a better idea.
  • Stop smoking and alcohol consumption if you already have not done so.