Week 5 of Pregnancy
Your Baby in Week 5 of Pregnancy
Your baby now resembles a teeny tadpole (complete with a tiny tail) and is about the size of an orange seed. The circulatory (or blood) system, along with the heart, is the first part of that tiny body to be functional; and as your baby’s heart starts to form, you may even be able to see it beating on an early ultrasound. Another part of your little tadpole that is under construction: the neural tube, which will eventually become your baby’s brain and spinal cord.Learn more about your baby this week and fetal heart development.
Your Body in Week 5 of Pregnancy
Your body’s had all the early pregnancy signs — the missed period, nausea, tender breasts, and fatigue. And now you’ve got proof as your pee works its magic on that test strip — yup, you’re officially preggers! This news will probably elicit a combo platter of emotions ranging from sheer joy to sheer terror as the reality that you’re going to be a mom sets in. Mood swings are totally normal (kind of like PMS on overdrive) and you’d better get used to them since they’ll be hanging around for the next nine months or so.Learn more about your body this week and pregnancy hormones.
Week 5 Pregnancy Tip: Telling Your Friends You’re Pregnant
Have you or your partner been bursting to spread the good news about your pregnancy ever since that home pregnancy test turned positive? Not sure when’s the best time to grab a megaphone (or a telephone…or a computer keyboard) and start sharing? Only the two of you can make the call, so to speak, on that one. Some couples can’t wait to tell their friends they’re pregnant (if they could, they’d shout it from the highest mountain — or scream it on the Times Square JumboTron), while others prefer to keep their happy news a secret until after the third month, when the risk of miscarriage greatly decreases. Still others wish that they could stay mum about becoming a mom (and dad) but can’t help blabbing the first chance they get. Talk it over together and remember, it’s your private news for as long as you choose.
Week 5 Pregnancy Symptoms
Frequent urination: Spending too much time in the loo these days? The reason is that the pregnancy hormone hCG is increasing the blood flow to your pelvic area and your kidneys, making them more efficient during pregnancy (after all, you’re urinating for two). What can you do about it? Well, what you don’t want to do is cut back on liquids (thinking it’ll keep you out of the bathroom) because your body and baby need a steady supply of fluids to stay hydrated during pregnancy. But you can skip the diuretics like caffeine, which will only make your frequent urination even more frequent.
Fatigue: Pregnancy is hard work, and that can cause a downshift in your get-up-and-go. During the first trimester, a huge amount of energy goes into building a life-support system for your baby (namely the placenta), which can leave you feeling just a bit tired or full-out wiped-out. Also to blame are the hormonal (and emotional) changes that are occurring in your body. The good news: By the end of your first trimester, your body will have completed the Herculean task of manufacturing the placenta, so you might feel a renewal of energy. In the meantime, listen to your body (which is telling you it’s pooped!) and get plenty of rest and eat right (and often!).
Breast tenderness and changes: What’s causing your breasts to grow and become ultrasensitive and tender? That hormonal duo — estrogen and progesterone — deserve most of the blame. Other factors include the good and necessary fat that’s building up in your breasts and the increased blood flow to the area, both of which will help turn your breasts into milk machines for your baby. To help relieve breast tenderness, invest in a good bra (and wear it to bed if you’re uncomfortable sleeping) and ask your partner to handle them with care. (In other words, look but don’t touch, darling!)
Nausea: That queasy feeling in your stomach, which can sometimes lead to vomiting, can hit at any time of the day or night (not just morning!), especially in the first trimester, thanks to some unknown combination of hormones, increased stress, and other body changes (like a keener sense of smell). To keep nausea under control, don’t skip meals (even if the thought of eating makes you feel a little sick). Be a grazer instead, sticking to foods that appeal to you, and try to follow a healthy diet.
Excessive saliva: Horrified to find your mouth watering for no reason at all? If so, you might be experiencing early pregnancy’s double whammy: a queasy tummy and excessive saliva (and yes, you can blame those pesky pregnancy hormones for those symptoms, too!). How to deal with the drool? Chewing sugarless gum can help your mouth stay a little dryer.
Food cravings and aversions: Suddenly struck by an overpowering urge to eat a grilled cheese sandwich? Can’t stand the sight of salads (or anything green)? Welcome to the wacky world of food cravings and aversions. Hormones play a role here (as they do in most pregnancy symptoms) — especially in these early weeks when your body is getting used to hormonal havoc. If you can’t beat ’em, join ’em — within reason. Indulge your chocolate cravings with a mini bar instead of a king-sized one and find healthy substitutes for the foods you can’t stand (like drinking a V-8 instead of eating salads).