While every pregnancy is different, there are a few symptoms at five weeks pregnant that millions of expectant mothers have experienced, including frequent trips to the bathroom. Find out which symptoms are normal and which ones could indicate a problem.
Your Baby at Five Weeks
Although your baby is only about 5-6 mm long and looks a bit like a shrimp when you're five weeks pregnant, his or her development is impressive. The spinal cord and brain are quickly developing as well as the beginnings of a fully formed, beating heart with separate chambers to pump blood. The egg sac around the embryo continues to provide nutrients and the beginnings of red blood cells.
Your Body at Five Weeks
Many women who are five weeks pregnant begin to feel fatigued each day, longing for a nap in the afternoon. This is quite normal and is a sign that your body needs to start storing up energy and nutrients for the rapid changes you'll soon be going through. Other symptoms may include darkening skin around your nipples and frequent trips to the bathroom. The frequent urge to urinate is another common symptom that many women share and find annoying. You may continue to get mild, hormone related headaches periodically, but avoid taking medications such as aspirin. This article explains the risks of these over-the-counter pain relievers for pregnant women.
What to Consider When You're Five Weeks Pregnant
Your body needs plenty of nutrition and exercise at this point in your pregnancy. Eating a healthy diet with plenty of lean protein, leafy greens and vitamins is a good starting point, but your doctor may recommend that you take neonatal vitamin supplements. Vitamin D is crucial to good health when you're five weeks pregnant and throughout your pregnancy. Fortunately, you can get it from being in the sunshine without sunscreen for at least fifteen minutes each day. A brisk walk or swimming are both ways to combine exercise and Vitamin D.
If your doctor is concerned about any of your symptoms at five weeks pregnant, he or she may order an early ultrasound to detect problems such as an ectopic pregnancy or miscarriage. Most women don't need an ultrasound if they are pregnant at five weeks, however, and will get their first ultrasound during the third month.
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