Many exciting changes mark the fifth week of pregnancy. The baby’s development is in full swing, and you will experience many symptoms to make you aware of the various changes that are taking place within your body.
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Pregnancy Symptoms for Week 5
Soreness of breasts is one of the commonest symptoms during this time of pregnancy. The breasts seem swollen and are painful to touch. Along with this, morning sickness kicks in making you feel nauseous, giddy and repulsive to the smell and taste of certain kinds of foods. You might feel light headed and unusually tired at times. However, though called morning sickness, the feeling of nausea and lightheadedness associated with the sickness can strike any time of the day.
Fatigue at this stage of pregnancy is a normal occurrence. You might want to take a short nap at some part of the day. This extra rest will help you go through your day with more focus and better energy. You might also feel the urge to pee more frequently than you usually do and this to is entirely normal. Your uterus is beginning to expand, and this is creating pressure on your bladder, increasing the urge to pass urine.
While not all women complain of this but quite a few of them also experience cramping around this week. It is, however, just another sign that the embryo has successfully planted itself on your uterus lining. Sometimes, the cramping is also caused by the expanding uterus which stretches the ligaments.
You could also have to spot, and although a little blood stain on your underwear may scare you a bit, it is only a positive sign. A very light bleeding of pinkish or dark brownish color occurs when the embryo implants itself onto the lining of the uterus. Although it doesn’t happen to every woman, many experiences this implantation bleeding which last for 1 to 2 days and is very little discharge. In fact, you could also spot after sexual intercourse as the cervix becomes sensitive at this stage.
Bodily Changes at Five Weeks of Pregnancy
At five weeks pregnant you will not start to show your baby bump, although a little-bloated tummy can make you feel heavier by a pound. On the other hand, the morning sickness could have taken its toll on you making you feel like you might have lost a pound rather. In either case, there is nothing much to be concerned about your weight right at this stage. While the doctors usually recommend gaining 1 to 5 pounds in the first trimester, you will eventually be there around the last month of your first trimester. However, if you are at week 5 with twins, you still probably wouldn’t show yet but might experience a rather faster weight gain than others.
Baby’s Development in Week 5
This week is an extraordinary week in regards to your baby’s development. Your baby’s ticker will begin to beat for the very first time. However, it is not possible to see that movement during an ultrasound, but it is very much happening. The embryo now comprises three layers – the inner layer or the endoderm, the middle layer called the mesoderm and the outer layer called the ectoderm.
The endoderm makes up the internal organs of the baby’s body like the intestines, lungs and the bladder. The mesoderm makes up the circulatory system, reproductive system, bones, muscles, kidneys and the heart. The ectoderm goes on to form the nervous system, the inner ear, several connective tissues, eyes, and ears.
At this week, your baby now resembles a tadpole. And another good news is that he/she has already started to form the major organs like the heart, the nervous system, the circulatory system, the digestive system, the stomach, the liver and the kidneys.
Tips for Five-week Pregnancy
Morning sickness is one of the most common symptoms at week 5 of pregnancy and in many cases; it is strong enough to through one off the rack, rupturing the daily routine. One good way of combating morning sickness is to eat frequent, small meals instead of three large meals. Besides, you can also resort to nausea reducing lozenges, acupressure wristbands, vitamin B6 supplements and ginger capsules to relieve the symptoms.
Weakness is one of the significant symptoms during pregnancy, and you will often find yourself getting tired of nothing. This is basically because the body is working hard in preparation to provide all support to the developing baby. Thus, try to get plenty of sleep in the night and one or more short naps in the day.
Also, it is a good idea to get yourself prenatal care as early as possible and be in touch with your doctor. Good prenatal care is not only beneficial to you, but it is also essential to track your baby’s development and ensure its healthy growth. Your first prenatal visit will be a set of screenings to check for conditions that could lead to complications.
You are probably on your prenatal vitamins already, but if not, it is high time you should start taking your prenatal vitamins. These supplements are loaded with folic acid, calcium, and iron, and would-be mothers always need more of these nutrients. In the first trimester, it is also important to get enough folic acid as it rules out neural tube congenital disabilities like spina bifida.
This is also a good time to consult your doctor about any medications you could be under. Sometimes, certain kinds of prescription and even over-the-counter drugs could be unsafe during pregnancy. Thus, it is always best to consult the doctor to know if you can keep continuing taking them or should they be changed for your special condition.
If you are a smoker, it is very important that you give up on that addiction as it makes you prone to a host of pregnancy risks such miscarriage, preterm birth, placental issues, slow fetal development, stillbirth and infant death. Research has even linked smoking to increase the risk of delivering a baby with a cleft lip. The same advice goes if you are too much into drinking alcohol. Alcohol should be avoided during pregnancy as it leads to risks of low birth weight of the baby and raises the child’s risk for problems associated with speech, learning, hyperactivity, attention span and language.