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5 weeks pregnant | pregnancy guide

Your baby is about the size of an apple pip - 3mm...

Your growing baby

Growth is now largely focused on your baby's head, which is starting to develop much more rapidly than the rest of the tiny body. This is because the brain is undergoing some very crucial and rapid development in order to effectively regulate the heart rate, blood circulation, and other vital functions.

Your baby's heart is now made up of two tiny heart tubes, which are already beating.

Also, although tiny, what were simple limb buds last week are limb flippers this week.

What's happening to you

Your body is still adjusting to the increased amount of hormones and you are probably experiencing more of the same early pregnancy symptoms as last week. If you haven't already experienced morning sickness, you may find that it starts now. Don't be surprised if you start to feel exhausted this week. Your body is working very hard building a life support system (the placenta) for your baby.

You may notice changes in your areolas (the dark area around your nipple). The sebaceous glands on the areolas also become raised, nodular and pink. You will probably find that your breasts feel firmer and have larger veins than usual, running close to the surface of the skin. Your breasts may tingle and you may even experience occasional stabbing pains.

Need to know

Things for you to consider during week 5 of your pregnancy:

  • Follow the links for do's and don'ts of early pregnancy.
  • Take plenty of rest if you are feeling tired.
  • Avoid taking any medication unless it has been prescribed by your doctor.
  • Cut your caffeine intake to no more than 200mg a day. To give you an idea of how much this is: a standard-sized cup of instant coffee is 100mg and a cup of tea 75mg. Cans of cola and some energy drinks contain levels of caffeine which exceed 200mg in one can. Too much caffeine can increase the risk of miscarriage and can lead to low birth weight babies.
  • Eat a healthy, well balanced diet so that your baby gets all the nutrients it needs to thrive.
  • Having strange cravings for unusual food combinations is quite normal, as is developing a sudden dislike for a food you have always loved before. Not everyone has cravings so don't worry if you don't experience any.
  • Try to exercise every day, even if it's just a short brisk walk. Exercise will help you to sleep better, which in turn will give you more energy.

What to expect at week 6 of your pregnancy...

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