Your wonderful pregnancy journey begins here!
Your baby is busy as a bee, developing his brain, spinal chord, nerves, and backbone. For you, this is when morning sickness begins. It's also the time when you should avoid activities that may pose a threat to you or your baby.
Week 5: Your Baby’s Development?
- Your baby is furiously at work now. His major organs such as kidneys and liver are starting to grow.
- His heart is beginning to divide into chambers and will begin to pump blood soon--this is one of the most exciting news in this week by week pregnancy guide.
- His intestines have started to develop, and the appendix is in place.
- The neural tube--from which your baby's brain, spinal cord, nerves, and backbone will sprout--is starting to develop.
- There are four tiny buds that begin sprouting. These will later turn into your baby’s arms and legs.
Week 5: Pregnancy Symptoms
While to the outside world your body doesn't look any different, this week by week pregnancy guide will prove that your body is now sending you definite signs that somethings are changing:
- Your breasts begin to feel sore, you will begin to experience morning sickness, and fatigue is likely to set in.
- Another not-so-happy symptom is the urge to pee frequently; this is due to expanding kidneys.
Week 5: Pregnancy Care
Don’t stress yourself out! It’s important to get sufficient rest and relaxation.
You could also discuss with your spouse when you want to share your good news with family and friends.
- Get a comprehensive medical history of you and your spouse's immediate family. Your doctor will ask you about any chronic illnesses in the family that may affect you or the baby.
- This is also a good time to take a good look at your lifestyle and your job. Ensure that any activity or environment that could be potentially dangerous to your baby is eliminated immediately.
Start sleeping on your left side! Sleeping on your left will increase the amount of blood and nutrients that reach the placenta and your baby. Keep your legs and knees bent, and put a pillow between your legs.
Get comprehensive medical history of you and your spouse's immediate family! Make sure to have your doctor check on potential illnesses that are hereditary.
Avoid strenuous activities – start living a healthier lifestyle. You should start planning how active you would want to be in your current job.