5 Weeks Pregnant - Baby Development, Pregnancy Symptoms & Tips
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How Big Is My Baby At 5 Weeks Pregnant?
Your baby is an embryo, looks more like a tadpole, and is about the size of an orange seed. The baby is about 0.05 inches long and weighs about 0.035 ounces.
- Your baby’s brain and spinal cord have begun to form.
- The heart begins to beat and might be visible on ultrasound.
- The nervous system begins to develop.
- The umbilical cord begins to form.
- Arm and leg buds are visible with webbed fingers.
- Bones are starting to develop.
5 Weeks Pregnant Symptoms
Morning Sickness: Hormone changes in the first trimester can cause morning sickness (nausea and vomiting). Although it is called “morning sickness”, it can occur at any time of day. Morning sickness usually goes away by the second trimester.
Heightened Sense Of Smell: A heightened sense of smell may make you averse to certain smells that you used to like earlier.
Fatigue: Fatigue occurs due to hormonal changes and the extra workload of your body to support the growth of your baby. This is normal and is not a cause of worry at all.
Cramping: Cramps occur due to your expanding uterus and stretching of the ligaments.
Food Cravings And Aversions: Food cravings and aversions occur due to increased activity of hormones. Don’t be surprised if you like eating foods you never liked and dislike eating your favorite food.
Constipation: Constipation is when you are having hard and dry stools, fewer than three bowel movements per week, and painful bowel movements. You may feel constipated due to the slowing down of the digestive process. This is caused by pregnancy hormones.
Excessive Saliva: You may find your mouth watering for no reason. This occurs to neutralize excess acidic content in your mouth caused by morning sickness.
Frequent Urination: You may need to pee frequently because of pregnancy hormones and extra pressure on the bladder. Pregnant women commonly experience temporary bladder control problems in pregnancy. Baby in your womb baby pushes down on the bladder, urethra, and pelvic floor muscles. This pressure can lead to more frequent need to urinate, as well as leaking of urine when sneezing, coughing, or laughing.
5 Weeks Pregnant: Tips For A Healthy Pregnancy
- Take as much rest as possible to beat fatigue
- Call your doctor and fix an appointment.
- Continue taking folic acid and prenatal vitamins.
- Eat healthy foods and establish a regular healthy diet routine.
- Stop eating unhealthy foods, such as deep-fried foods, salty and sugary foods, unpasteurized dairy foods, undercooked meat and eggs, and mercury-laden fish.
- Drink plenty of water and stay hydrated.
- Eat small meals at regular intervals to help with morning sickness.
- Quit smoking, drinking alcohol, and using illicit drugs if you have not stopped yet.
- Don’t take any prescription or OTC medications without the clearance of your doctor.
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