Fifth week of your pregnancy: what can you expect?
You have missed your period! If you haven’t done a home pregnancy test yet, now is certainly the time to confirm you are pregnant. Experts recommend the best time to do an early home pregnancy test is in the morning, when the levels of HCG hormone will be at their peak.
It’s time to start your prenatal care. Your doctor or your midwife will calculate your due date from the first day of your last period. If you are too excited and can’t wait you can calculate the due date of your baby on the web, with a Due Date Calculator. If you enter the first day of your last period the online pregnancy calculator will even tell what week of pregnancy you are in and calculate the estimated due date. How easy is that?
In your fifth week of pregnancy you may have started to notice early pregnancy symptoms. The fifth week is considered to be a major week of all weeks because this is when signs like nausea may occur. Many women describe feeling weird, the feeling of not really being there. Close family members including your partner may have noticed you being more irritable than before.
Physical changes you will notice during the fifth week of pregnancy
- One size doesn’t fit all. A pregnancy can vary from women to women. If you are having your second child your experience this time could be different from when you were pregnant with your first child.
- You may experience nausea in the morning when you have your cup of coffee or eat on an empty stomach. This is called morning sickness. Sometimes you may even feel queasy all day. To feel better you can keep a small plate of crackers on your bedside so that you can snack on them regularly to avoid an empty stomach. Eat small frequent meals and avoid staying hungry for long.
- One of the surprising symptoms of pregnancy is you may start to feel dizzy or light headed. Standing up suddenly or walking up the stairs may make you feel lightheaded. Fatigue and dizziness are mostly caused due to low blood sugar. To combat these feelings carry a banana or an apple in your handbag. The moment you start to feel faint have some water and snack on a banana.
- You may start hating the sight and smell of certain foods. Another change you may notice is certain smells make you want to throw up. Smell of fuel at the gas station, when cooking smell of ginger, garlic and various other smells may cause you to retch. Don’t worry these are because of the hormonal changes in your body. Some women find it helpful to smell a handkerchief with a few drops of eucalyptus oil in it to avoid this feeling.
- Another noticeable sign is you breasts will feel tender, swollen and sore. You may notice this when you are planning to go to bed when you lie stomach down.
- You may start to feel bloated and full because of all the activity going on in your uterus. At this stage the placenta and the developing umbilical cord will provide your baby sustenance.
Understanding your emotional changes during fifth week of pregnancy
- There are tons of feelings and emotions you may experience during this week. It’s understandable because your life is going to change in a big way and it’s normal to worry.
- You could be feeling a cocktail of emotions at different times. You may start to feel excited and then you may suddenly start to worry. The slightest of things may make you cry buckets.
- If your pregnancy was unplanned and you are busy at work or expecting a promotion you may start to feel disappointed and regret.
- You may not want to share the wonderful news with your family and friends. You may want to wait for three months at least before breaking the news when the risk of miscarriage is reduced.
- You may want to start shouting from the rooftops that you are pregnant or may start to feel you want to keep the news all to yourself.
Your dear baby’s growth and progress this week
- At five weeks your baby is the size of a raisin and can barely be seen an ultrasound.
- This week your baby begins to form a tadpole shape. At week five it will start to develop central nervous system, muscles, bones and heart.
- The most interesting change at this time will happen in the baby’s heart. The heart will begin to divide into separate chambers and start pumping blood.
- During this week the baby’s brain and spinal cord are still developing.
Health tips for week five for you
- The importance of pre-natal vitamins can’t be stressed enough. This is the week your baby’s neural tube is developing.
- Your doctor will advise you on your prescription medicines and if it’s safe to take them for the health of your baby.
- Meanwhile get plenty of sleep, eat right and most important of all take it easy. Don’t sweat the small stuff.