Your pregnancy at 5 weeks
What's happening with mum
You will probably be feeling much the same as last week although the ever increasing amounts of hormones in your body may mean you have more frequent or more painful headaches and may feel more tired than usual. You might also find the need to urinate more frequently. Although morning sickness and general nausea usually appears later the changes in your body, you may experience mild symptoms now.
It is important you get a lot of rest even this early on and if you feel anxious or apprehensive about the coming few months you should always consult your doctor or midwife.
What's happening with baby
While every week is important for your developing fetus this week sees many changes taking place. The development of the heart and circulatory sytem has begun and the neural tube which will form the basis for the brain, nerves, spine and spinal cord is also beginning to appear. Tiny buds which will leater form arms and legs are also developing. At around 2mm your baby can now be seen with the naked eye.
As well as looking after yourself, eating healthy and drinking plenty of water to make up for the extra urine loss, you should also try to avoid coming into contact with anything that might contain parasites or bacteria. You may have heard of toxoplasmosis which is a parasite harmful to your baby and in extreme cases can cause miscarriage. It is best, especially for the first few months if you refrain from eating cured, undercooked or raw meat, drinking or eating unpasteurised milk and associated products and get someone else to empty and clean your cat's litter box as toxoplasmosis is abundant in cat poo.