Week by Week

What pregnant women need to know in week 5 of pregnancy?

By Medically reviewed by Dr. Duyen Le.

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Baby Development

How is my baby growing?

Your child is now the size of a sesame seed and may look more like a tiny tadpole than a baby.

At this point, the fetus contains a sizable amount of cells. The neural tube will form the spinal cord running along the embryo and form the brain and the central portion bulges in the embryo will develop into your baby’s heart. At this time, the placenta and other membranes which are fingered-shaped are starting to develop. Nutrition from the mother will cross the placenta and membranes to nourish the baby.

Body & Life Changes

How is my body changing?

Have you ever felt overjoyed for a moment, but then felt extremely stress out? Mood swings are considered very common during pregnancy. Your mood may vary from elated, depressed, angry, happy to feel extremely insecure. Sometimes all the emotions can happen in just over an hour. At this time, your hormone significantly increased, thus, your emotions are constantly changing. Don’t worry, you are pregnant – this is a huge turning point in life – so your mood can not stabilize and inevitable.

Whimsical mood often happens most strongly in the second month, and sometimes this phenomenon will return in the last months of pregnancy. Also, you may be surprised to learn that about 10-12% of women will suffer from depression during pregnancy – a figure is almost equal to the proportion of women with postpartum depression. If at any time during pregnancy, you feel depressed for more than two weeks, see your doctor for advice and treatment at the time.

What should I be concerned about?

You may be wondering if you can exercise. Light exercise is a good way to build strength and endurance. Exercising can bring many benefits, including:

  • manage the extra weight you’ll be carrying.
  • prevent some of the aches and pains of pregnancy.
  • a great stress-reliever, which can help prevent any anxiety or depression.
  • strengthen your core muscles and get your body ready for delivery.

Some light exercise includes walking, swimming or yoga. You should find what works best for you and incorporate into your daily routine. Always consult with your doctor to approve any new exercise routine.

Doctor Visits

What should I tell my doctor?

Take early prenatal care and try to check your health schedulely. Good prenatal care is very necessary to ensure the health of mother and baby. At the first visit (usually when the baby is about eight weeks old), you will perform some tests to determine and prevent complications may occur. The top priority now is to select your date and make an appointment to visit the doctor.

Please consult your doctor about the medicines you are taking. Many drugs – including some kind of drugs seem very safe and non-prescription – again not safe for pregnancy. If you are taking medication for a chronic illness, you should not stop drinking immediately. Please go to the doctor to find out what drugs are safe, not kind, including food supplements and herbs you are taking.

What tests should I know about?

You will get a physical exam at your doctor clinic when you visit. Physical examination includes checking your weight, height, blood pressure checks as well as your overall health. The pelvic exam is an important part of the inspection process. During a vaginal examination, a device called a speculum clamp will be used. This device allows the doctor to clearly see the cervix and the uterus open, determine their changes, and thereby determine the amount of time that you are pregnant.

Health & Safety

What should I know about being healthy and safe while pregnant?

During pregnancy, your immune system is weak. You are more susceptible to infections. It is important to avoid certain foods when you’re pregnant. Foodborne illnesses, such as listeriosis and toxoplasmosis, may cause birth defects or even miscarriage. Here are some foods you’ll want to avoid:

  • soft, unpasteurized cheeses (often advertised as “fresh”) such as feta, goat, Brie, Camembert, and blue cheese.
  • unpasteurized milk, juices, and apple cider.
  • raw eggs or foods containing raw eggs, including mousse and tiramisu.
  • raw or undercooked meats, fish, or shellfish.
  • processed meats such as hot dogs and deli meats (these should be well-cooked).
  • fish that are high in mercury, including shark, swordfish, king mackerel, or tilefish.

Toxoplasmosis can also be spread from soiled cat litter boxes, so try to have someone else clean the litter box during your pregnancy.

You will make it through this week. We will see you next week, week 6, and report to you the status of you and your baby.

Hello Health Group does not offer any advice, diagnosis or medical treatment.

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