Your baby’s systems are starting to take shape. Here’s what you can do to help nourish that development at 5 weeks pregnant.
Mom’s Tip of the Week 5
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It’s time to make a prenatal appointment. Your doctor can screen you and your baby for any health risks and make sure you’re doing everything you can to nourish the life growing inside you. Check with your doctor about any medications that you’re taking. Some might be OK, but others could be harmful to your baby and cause serious birth defects or miscarriage.
Your Baby at 5 Weeks Pregnant
What’s Happening in There
- You’ve missed your period. By this point at 5 weeks pregnant, you may have taken a pregnancy test to confirm your exciting news.
- The placenta starts to do its job—nourishing your baby. Until week 4 or 5, your baby gets most of his nourishment from the uterine wall.
- Your baby at 5 weeks is growing rapidly. He’s now about the size of the tip of a pen, and he is referred to as an embryo.
- His major systems and structures are taking shape. This week is key in your baby’s development. The embryo is dividing into three layers, called germ layers, which will form various parts of your baby’s body. (Read more in “Baby Brain Waves” below.)
Baby Brain Waves
Your Baby’s Brain Is Developing
During week 5, the embryo divides into three layers, called germ layers. The outer layer is the one that will become your baby’s brain and nervous system, as well as his skin, eyes, ears, and hair. The inner layer will form the lungs, intestines, bladder, and liver. And the middle layer will form the circulatory system, reproductive system, kidneys, cartilage, muscle, and bone. Help feed your baby’s development by continuing to take prenatal supplements with DHA and to eat healthfully.
Real Issues, Real Solutions
The issue: By the time you are 5 weeks pregnant, you’ll likely begin to notice changes in your body—beyond a growing belly. So what’s normal? What can you expect?
The solution: Learn how your baby’s presence may affect you in such areas as emotions, energy level, and even sense of smell.
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