Week 5 of Your Pregnancy

What does my baby look like?

Your embryo, which resembles a sesame seed in size, is about 2mm long. The face is beginning to form, with a tiny nose and tiny eyes that are still closed at this stage (around 28 weeks). Within you, your unborn child’s brain and spinal cord are developing quickly.

Your baby already has some of its own blood vessels, and the umbilical cord is made up of a string of those blood vessels. This cord delivers everything it needs from the placenta. The placenta, which is currently developing, will provide your unborn child with nutrients and oxygen while also removing waste.

The recommendation for week 5 is basically the same as for week 4: keep up the good work taking care of yourself!

In particular:

Inform your doctor or make an appointment with a midwife at the medical office. Alternately, you can make a self-referral to your neighborhood hospital; find their contact information online.

Youll need to arrange a booking appointment. This typically occurs between weeks 8 and 12 and lasts for about an hour. You can discuss your options for getting pregnant and giving birth. Additionally, screenings for infectious diseases and ailments like Down syndrome will be made available to you. Asking about the Maternity Transformation Programme and how it might help you now is a good idea.

At 8 to 14 weeks, your first dating scan will be made available to you.

In the event that this is your first pregnancy, you will likely have 10 appointments and two scans overall.

Ask your midwife or doctor about online antenatal classes – they may be able to recommend one. The charity Tommys has lots of useful information on antenatal classes and preparing you for birth.

Antenatal classes will give you the chance to meet other people and prepare you for parenthood. The NCT offers online antenatal classes with small groups of people that live locally to you.

Take prenatal vitamins. Up until at least week 12, you are advised to take 400 micrograms of folic acid daily. This promotes the development of your baby’s nervous system and provides some protection from ailments like spina bifida.

To keep bones and muscles healthy, we need vitamin D. Most people produce enough vitamin D from sunlight on their skin between late March and early April and the end of September. Though we cannot produce enough from sunlight, between early October and early March, think about taking a daily vitamin D supplement.

Find out if you need to take a vitamin D supplement year-round by visiting the NHS website. You only need 10 micrograms (this is true for both adults and children). Check if youre entitled to free vitamins.

Get checked out if you believe you or your partner may have a sexually transmitted infection (STI), as this could affect the development of your unborn child. Consult your GP or midwife, or go to a sexual health clinic.

While pregnant, 150 minutes of exercise is advised each week. You could begin by doing just 10 minutes of exercise each day; for example, go for a brisk walk outside. Check out Sport Englands #StayInWorkOut online exercises (scroll to the pregnancy section). Pay attention to your body and follow your gut instincts.

Theres no need to eat for 2. If you gain weight, you could put both you and your unborn child at risk for health issues like high blood pressure. Consume a healthy diet rich in fresh fruit and vegetables and steer clear of processed, fatty, and salty foods. Through the Healthy Start program, you might be able to get free milk, fruit, and vegetables.

Inform your doctor or specialist as soon as possible if you have a long-term health condition that you want to become pregnant. Do not stop taking any prescription medications without first consulting your doctor.

How are you doing today? Speak to your midwife or doctor if you’re feeling anxious or depressed; they can direct you to the resources you need to get the support you need.

You could also talk to your partner, close friends, and family members about your concerns. You might be concerned about your romantic relationship, your finances, or finding a permanent residence. Dont keep it to yourself. Its important to ask for help if you need it.

You should abide by the NHS and government recommendations on the coronavirus (COVID-19):

Check out the following advice to learn more about COVID-19 and pregnancy, childbirth, and breastfeeding:

5 Weeks Pregnant Pregnancy Test

Early pregnancy symptoms (at 5 weeks)

Since it’s still early, many women won’t discover they’re pregnant until after five weeks. You might not be aware that your period is late if you don’t have a regular menstrual cycle. When an embryo attaches to the lining of the womb, you may experience some light bleeding and mistake it for your period, but it can also be an indication of implantation bleeding.

In the 1st trimester, many women feel extreme tiredness. Other early signs of pregnancy can include:

  • a metallic taste in your mouth
  • sore breasts
  • nausea – also known as “morning sickness”, although you can experience it at any time (read about morning sickness in week 6)
  • mood swings (week 8s page has information on mood swings)
  • new food likes and dislikes
  • a heightened sense of smell
  • needing to pee more frequently
  • a milky white pregnancy discharge from your vagina
  • light spotting (see your doctor if you get bleeding in pregnancy)
  • cramping, a bit like period pains
  • darkened skin on your face or brown patches – this is known as chloasma faciei or the “mask of pregnancy”
  • thicker and shinier hair
  • bloating (read about bloating on week 16s page)
  • Your baby at 5 weeks of pregnancy

    At five weeks along, your unborn child actually resembles a tadpole. The placenta, amniotic sac, and umbilical cord are still forming. Instead, the gestational and yolk sacs surround the fetus and also protect and nourish the 5-week-old embryo.

    In week 5 of pregnancy, the majority of your baby’s systems start to develop. This includes their nervous and circulatory systems.

    5 Week Pregnant – What to Expect?

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