Week 5 of Your Pregnancy

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Pregnancy Symptoms

Few of the symptoms which you may notice at five weeks are:

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Morning Sickness

For most pregnant women, morning sickness starts at week 5, though some can experience it a week earlier or a bit later too. Some women do not exhibit this symptom at all. Do not worry if you do not experience nausea during pregnancy. Morning sickness can strike at any time in the day when you least expect it and is accompanied by nausea and nausea without vomiting, or sometimes even dry heaving.

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Frequent Urination

Multiple bathroom trips are common during pregnancy and happen due to the increasing blood volume in your blood, your ever-expanding uterus which puts pressure on your bladder, as well as hormonal disturbances. Make sure that you stay well hydrated during pregnancy, especially when you experience frequent urination.

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Fatique

You must be feeling extremely tired and sleepy all the time. Getting up from the bed may feel like a chore. But remember, this is not laziness. Your hormones are all haywire and your body is working extra hard to nourish the little bean within you. Eating healthy, staying hydrated, taking quick power naps, and doing small exercises can help deal with this symptom.

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Heartburn

Experiencing acidity along with constipation? Don’t be surprised. When your digestive system is working slowly, heartburn is a common consequence. Most to-be-mothers go through both these symptoms. Staying hydrated and having fiber-rich foods will help combat acidity too.

Baby's Development

How big is your baby?

Baby’s Length: 0.34 cm.
Baby’s Weight: 0.1 g.

By week 5, you must have missed your period and checked the pregnancy through home pregnancy tests. It is time to visit a gynaecologist to confirm the baby’s presence in the womb. Right now your baby looks like a tadpole growing vigorously!

The heart along with the circulatory system will begin to take shape. The heart is made up off 2 tiny channels called heart tubes and although it is not completely functional, it is already beating.

The amniotic sac is forming into placenta at a fast pace as we speak this week. The cells are growing much deeper to create a rich blood supply. The placenta will provide all the necessary nutrients and oxygen to the growing baby through the umbilical cord. The placenta is an exceptional lifeline which keeps bacteria, viruses away from your baby.

By the end of Week 5, the neural tube starts forming in the baby. The neural tube is where your baby’s brain and spinal column will form.

Your's Changing Body

Did you observe that you bled slightly? Don’t panic. While this experience can be scary, a bit of bleeding and spotting is quite common during early pregnancy. This happens because your to-be-baby is trying to borrow into the layers of your uterus so that it can find a home where it can grow. This burrowing can result in some spotting which is usually very light. If you experience heavy bleeding with clots, you may need to immediately see your doctor.

Many pregnant women often complain of tender heavy breasts and the whole feeling can be uncomfortable. For most women, breast pain and tenderness start during this week. Hormonal spikes, especially prolactin, progesterone, and estrogen are responsible for this discomfort. Blood supply to your breasts also increases.

The human body is a wonderful creation. Did you know the main reason behind constipation during pregnancy? Your digestive system moves slowly to ensure maximum absorption of nutrients from your food so that your baby can have the best nutrition possible. This slow movement, of course, causes you inconvenience, and the best way to combat it is by staying hydrated and eating fiber-rich foods.

Headaches at this stage can be due to multiple factors. Increasing blood volume in your body, changes in blood pressure, hormonal spikes, can all play a role. In addition, the stress and excitement of pregnancy can add to the existing headaches. Some women have cold and blocked nose as pregnancy symptoms. This can also trigger a sinus-like headache. Taking rest, short power naps is possible, avoiding headache triggers such as caffeine, and relaxing with the help of meditation and relaxation exercises can provide some relief.

Pregnancy is a sensitive time for us and small changes can sometimes create panic. Increased vaginal discharge maybe scary but it is, in fact, normal in most cases. Creamy white watery discharge happens due to hormonal changes. It is also your body’s way of preventing vaginal infections and keeping your baby safe. But remember, if you find a change in color, quickly consult your doctor to be on the safe side.

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