Breast milk is best for your baby

The World Health Organisation recommends exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months of life. Unnecessary introduction of bottle feeding or other food and drinks will have a negative impact on breastfeeding. After six months of age, infants should receive age appropriate foods while breastfeeding continues for up to two years of age or beyond. Consult your doctor before deciding to use infant formula or if you have difficulty breastfeeding.

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FIRST TRIMESTER / WEEK 5

5th Week of Pregnancy

The Tip of a Pen
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Baby's Growth and Development at 5 Weeks Pregnant

After weeks of rapid cell development, your baby takes on a more distinct form. During the 5th week of pregnancy, here’s what’s happening inside:

  • Her heart and circulatory system take shape — a bulge indicates where your baby's heart is developing. By the end of the 5th week of your pregnancy, your baby's earliest blood vessels form.
  • Around the 5th week of your pregnancy, your baby's heart begins to beat and might be visible on an ultrasound.
  • The umbilical cord replaces the yolk sac. The umbilical cord works with the placenta to bring nutrition and oxygen to your baby and remove waste.
  • When you’re 5 weeks pregnant, your baby is the length of the tip of a pen, about 1/17 of an inch, and growing rapidly every day.

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Your Changing Body at 5 Weeks Pregnant

Although later pregnancy is more dramatic to the world externally, the first weeks of pregnancy include the most dramatic internal changes for you. All of the systems in your pregnant body change to help your new baby develop. During your 5th week of pregnancy, you might start to notice the following:

  • Feeling fatigued? Your body produces more blood to carry oxygen and nutrients to your baby. Your increase in blood might be especially high at 5 weeks pregnant, placing demands on your circulation. Your heart rate increases to keep pace, and these changes might cause fatigue, dizziness, or even headaches.
  • At 5 weeks pregnant, you might be experiencing a few other symptoms of early pregnancy. This can include breast changes, nausea, heightened sense of smell, frequent urination, or mood swings.
  • Most women start to feel symptoms at 5 weeks pregnant. But every pregnancy is unique. Some symptoms might come later or not at all.
  • Around the 5th week of pregnancy, the placenta that will help nourish the baby grows and secures to the uterus, which might cause light spotting.
  • By 5 weeks pregnant, you might find that odors from your daily routine can cause nausea. You might want to identify the source and avoid smells that bother you.
  • If you experience dramatic mood swings in early pregnancy, you’re not alone. You might want to share your feelings and get the emotional support you need from your partner, family, and friends.

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Wellness and Nutrition at 5 Weeks Pregnant

Making the Most of Your Doctor Visits
Regular prenatal care remains a critical part of monitoring your health and the health of your baby throughout your pregnancy. Now is the time to schedule your first prenatal visit. Most doctors will schedule the appointment between your 6th and 10th week of pregnancy.

  • Your first prenatal doctor visit will be one of the most involved. During this visit, your doctor confirms your pregnancy and records your medical history. Your doctor probably will conduct a physical exam and a series of additional routine tests to make sure you and your baby are healthy.
  • Good communication is a key to success with your health care provider. If you don't understand something at any doctor visit, be sure to ask for clarification or additional details.
  • Get informed and be equipped. The more informed you are, the better able you’ll be to make the best choices throughout your pregnancy.
  • Look beyond the belly. Remember to keep up with other areas of your overall health. Schedule routine dental visits and promptly address other health concerns as they arise.

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