A 5 weeks pregnant woman finally welcomes her little one into the first month of their 9 – month long bonding. This week is another one filled with fast-paced development and more loving caution on the part of the mom-to-be. Read on to find out what this week has in store for both mother and child:
Sneak peak into the womb
Using the famous fruit comparisons, the baby now is about the size of a sesame seed. If one could take a closer view in the uterus, the embryo shows no human-like look yet, but rather that of a tadpole. This embryo is now starting to develop organs, tissues, and body parts. It has three layers which are the ectoderm (top), mesoderm (middle), and endoderm (bottom) – all of which will be the essential parts of his or her body.
To further understand the important development going about at this point in pregnancy, the ectoderm or top layer is now developing the neural tube. From this layer, the members of the nervous system will emerge – baby’s brain, nerves, spinal cord, and backbone. The week is a very crucial week indeed. The soft, smooth baby skin moms love to touch will also rise from this layer, as well as the nail, hair, sweat and mammary glands, and even tooth enamel.
The middle layer, the mesoderm, is now forming the circulatory system and the little one’s heart. As a matter of fact, the heart is now beginning to divide its four chambers. Heartbeat is also another development occurring at this point so the mom-to-be will be feeling it from the inside somehow. In addition, blood is now being pumped in baby’s developing body. Aside from these, the mesoderm will be baby’s formed bones, cartilages, muscles, and skin tissue.
The endoderm will then be forming other essential internal organs like the intestines, lungs, and a basic urinary system. Also forming from this layer are the liver, pancreas, and thyroid. There is no need to worry about whether these are doing their functions already. The embryo now has its umbilical cord and primitive placenta. These two are responsible for delivering oxygen and nutrients for the growing baby. As for the yolk sac, it will soon surrender its task to the developing placenta.
Women who are 5 weeks pregnant now experience the frequent urge to pee. This is because the bladder is accommodating extra fluid brought about by the blood volume’s increase. This is one of the common pregnancy symptoms and should stay throughout the pregnancy. After all, the baby will gain much weight in preparation for survival in the outside world. This weight will definitely be a cause to pee even more frequent than now.
Common pregnancy signs are also at large by this week. They may include some discomforts such as fatigue, nausea, and breast soreness. These are all normal because of the increase in the hormones progesterone and estrogen. Depending on a woman’s size, a baby bump may not show itself at this rate so others, if not informed of the pregnancy, will not have a clue that one is pregnant.
A change in lifestyle always comes close to pregnancy. The “staying up late” habit should now be “sleeping like a grandma” – early to bed. This won’t be so hard to implement as fatigue kicks in like one has taken a big sleeping pill. As fitness is a priority for some, a woman might actually still consider doing exercise even when pregnant. Caution and moderation, however, is key. Talking to a healthcare provider or doctor will avoid putting the baby at risk when doing a fitness routine. Exercise also aids in sustaining the strength moms-to-be needs to help prevent and lessen pregnancy discomforts and aches. It also prepares the pregnant body for the day of labor. The ever famous Kegel exercises for pregnant women actually help avoid hemorrhoids which might be a new enemy in the upcoming months. This type of routine also prevents “leaking” during and after pregnancy. One might also consider this as future moms who still feel sexy at this point can try it to improve vaginal muscle tone – good for making love.
Lying flat on the back should be lessened now. Although it’s still early to say at being 5 weeks pregnant, it would help if this is refrained from being done. This is because such position lowers the blood pressure since the uterus is growing with the baby. The weight can compress the heart’s blood vessels and deprive the little one with the oxygen he or she needs. It is advised that lying or sleeping to the left side allows sufficient oxygen be delivered to the developing baby. This is also more comfortable as the additional pounds to be gained in the weeks and months to come might cause heartburn and shortness of breath when lying flat on the back.
Some pregnant women have low tolerance when it comes to taking prenatal vitamins and supplements; either the pills or capsules are big enough to make a mom-to-be gag or they contain a lot of iron. There are certain ways to do the trick here because no matter how much a preggy mom throws up, the baby still needs these supplements for development. One should try taking them along with food. Some mommies tend to divide doses, literally breaking tablets in half. The healthcare provider or doctor can also be asked if the dosage can be lessened or a switch in prenatal vitamins is necessary. What’s important is that the little one and the mom is getting the right amount of calcium, Vitamin B6, folic acid, and other essential nutrients to support the child’s rapid development. If such vitamins in tablet form still makes one feel sick, they can have the healthcare provider plot a diet that would suffice the needed supplements. For instance, if the calcium supplement is too hard to swallow, a specific dose of milk might be prescribed to have the equivalent of the gag-provoking pill.