5 Weeks Pregnant – Your Pregnancy Guide

Your Baby This Week – Week 5

Your Baby this week - Week 5

At 5 weeks pregnant, your baby is about the size of a sesame seed. 

CONGRATULATIONS! You’re 5 weeks pregnant! When you look at it organically, he looks more like a tiny tadpole than a human. Even still, he's made up of three layers — the ectoderm, the mesoderm, and the endoderm — which will later form all of his organs and tissues.

The neural tube — from which your baby's major organs - brain, spinal cord, nerves, and backbone will form — are developing in the top layer, called the ectoderm. This layer will also him his skin, hair, nails, and more.

The middle layer sees the development of his heart and circulatory system. Already, his tiny heart begins to divide into chambers, beat and pump blood. Here’s where a lot of other parts of your baby develops - muscles, cartilage, bone, and subcutaneous tissue.

Finally, the endoderm, the third layer will make his lungs, intestines, urinary system, his thyroid, liver, and pancreas too. In the meantime, the primitive placenta and umbilical cord, which deliver nourishment and oxygen to your baby, are already working on providing your developing baby all the nourishment he needs.

And all of this in the size of a sesame seed. Isn’t life incredible?

5 Weeks Pregnant  - Your Body this week

5 Weeks Pregnant – Your Body

If you haven’t already, you may start to soon notice pregnancy symptoms. Nausea during pregnancy is typically called “Morning sickness”. But this is a misnomer. You can feel nauseous at any time in the day. Add to this, the discomfort of sore breasts, and a need to urinate more often. All are early symptoms of pregnancy, are annoying, but the good thing is that they're simply a part of being pregnant so they won't last forever. Headaches are also a common symptom of pregnancy -- follow our self-help tips if you're one of them.

Remember, your baby eats whatever you eat – so it is crucial to pay attention to what you’re eating at every stage of pregnancy so that your baby gets all the nourishment to develop. Eat small and regular meals and hydrate regularly. This will help prevent indigestion during pregnancy which is common and also combat nausea and fatigue. It helps to eat a wide variety of foods, particularly if you are vegetarian. Eat folic acid rich foods as it is extremely important for the baby’s brain development specifically during the first trimester.

People not privy to this news won't see any sign of the wonderful changes taking place inside you — except possibly you're turning down that glass of wine with dinner. Remember to avoid alcohol during pregnancy since the effects of alcohol on a developing baby are still unknown.

Exercise during pregnancy is vital. So, you might want to continue or start an exercise routine. It will help you in developing the stamina and endurance you'll need to manage the extra weight you'll be carrying. It may also help prevent some of the common aches and pains as a side effect of pregnancy. It also releases endorphins – the happy hormones that can help bust out stress. Exercise can also help you get ready for the physical rigors of labour.

Things to know about pregnancy in Week 5

Use our helpful tools to have a safe and healthy pregnancy. Find out when you’re due, using our free due date calculator. Get questions answered regarding when’s a good time to schedule your first gynecologist appointment. Or about your changed nutritional needs. Is it time to fill up on the folic acid rich foods, and what are these? Get all these answered and more with Zenparent’s week on week pregnancy calendar.