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5 weeks pregnant

Katie de Klee
All you need to know, what changes to expect, and some great tips for the week ahead.
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5 things to look forward to this week:
1.     Confirmation that you are pregnant. This is a big moment!
2.     Pregnancy symptoms such as a missed period (the first of many – one of the many Pros of           pregnancy).
3.     Tenderness in your breasts as they start to grow.
4.     Possible fatigue: a great excuse to take it easy.
5.     The beginnings of some strange food cravings.
Pregnancy symptoms this week:
You won’t be showing at all yet, but by now you will probably have noticed that you’ve missed a period. And you may already be experiencing some pregnancy symptoms. Nausea (good old morning sickness) generally starts around the fifth or sixth week. Remember that it’s actually a good sign that you’re producing the right pregnancy hormones, and that you are in good company if you’re battling with morning sickness – thousands of newly pregnant women all over the world are in the same boat.

Your breasts may feel tender or sore and you might start feeling very tired… You are growing a baby, after all! Many Moms say the first trimester is the toughest part of pregnancy, so it’s essential to look after yourself and get plenty of rest.

It’s quite normal at this stage to feel a rush of joy and of terror at the thought of being a parent. Talk to your partner about how and when you want to tell people you are pregnant. Some couples choose to wait until after the third month, when the risk of miscarriage has decreased. Others can’t wait to announce the news. Remember you can keep it to yourselves for as long as you want. This is a really special time for you and your partner.

Your baby’s development this week:
At this early stage, your baby looks more like a tadpole than a child. It is only a few millimetres long (about the size of an apple pip) and even has a tiny little tail! This week your little embryo will go through quite a growth spurt. The heart and circulatory system is the first part of the baby to begin functioning, and although the heart has to develop its chambers, it will already be pumping blood around your baby’s body. Other organs are starting to form too, and tiny buds are forming where the arms and legs will grow.

This week’s To Do list:
  • Schedule your first appointment with a gynaecologist.
  • Stop drinking and quit smoking. Alcohol during pregnancy can be very bad for your baby’s development.
  • Take it easy if you’re feeling tired.
If you have 5 minutes…
Pregnancy top tip.
Take a picture of your belly now, and every week for the next 35 weeks, or until you give birth. Then you can compare the photos and see how your bump has grown.

Curious about next week?  
Click here to find out what happens next week… And the week after.

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01 August 2016 12:54

Thank you! I'm looking forward to being <a href="http://motherhow.com/5-weeks-pregnant/">5 weeks pregnant</a>, so your to do list must be of use!
14 October 2014 08:10

this is some very useful information...
27 April 2014 04:05

I am four weeks pregnant
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