Welcome to Week 5
By this point, it’s likely that you’ve missed your period and know for certain that you’re pregnant! Congratulations! This early on, it’s natural to have questions about the development and wellbeing of your baby. Read on to know what’s going on inside your belly.
Update on Your Body
Despite the welcome changes occurring inside your body, you will not have any noticeable changes on the outside to show that you are pregnant. However, you may experience soreness and tingling in your breasts, and a visible darkening of your nipples as they prepare for breastfeeding in the near future. You may feel more tired, as your body begins adjusting itself to the changes brought on by pregnancy. You may experience the beginnings of morning sickness or nausea, which can range from mild queasiness to severe vomiting. Contrary to popular perception, morning sickness can occur at any time of the day or night. Although week 5 is usually too early for you to experience morning sickness, it’s wise to prepare yourself to deal with it if it turns up sooner than expected. If you find yourself vomiting constantly and are unable to retain what you eat, visit your doctor immediately as this may be a sign of hyperemesis gravidarum, a potentially dangerous condition characterised by severe vomiting and nausea.
Update on Your Baby
Your baby is yet to develop all of his or her body parts and presently resembles a tadpole. Although your baby’s heart hasn’t developed completely, it is developed enough to beat at a steady rhythm. The structures that will form your baby’s eyes and ears have started developing too, and so have your baby’s skeleton and bones.
Your Baby’s Size
0.13 inches, or the size of an apple seed.
Tips for an Expectant Mom
Begin with a folic acid and DHA supplement right away if you aren’t already on one; DHA will help in the development of your baby’s vision and brain.
Schedule an appointment with a good obstetrician once you have a positive home pregnancy test.
Build your meals with various food groups; this will help with healthy weight gain and supply your baby with essential nutrients (include at least 4 high-carb meals through your day).
Track your weight gain; 11-15 kilos is recommended for moms within a normal weight range, 12-18 kilos for underweight moms, up to 9 kilos for obese moms.
Follow a low-intensity, 30-minute exercise routine daily to help your body prepare for the changes over the next few months; consider walking, swimming, jogging or aerobics.
Drink plenty of water and juices to keep yourself hydrated and to prevent urinary tract infections.
Wash raw vegetables and fruits thoroughly before eating.
Avoid taking medications such as antibiotics and pain medications without first consulting your doctor.
Avoid discontinuing any prescription medicines you may be taking for ailments like thyroid, diabetes or hypertension without first speaking to your doctor.
Limit your caffeine intake to 300mg/day (1-2 cups of tea or coffee); avoid alcohol and smoking.
Limit your intake of pickles, papads, sugar, sweets, fats and salty food items; had in excess, such foods could lead to increased blood pressure, gestational diabetes and obesity during pregnancy.
Avoid street food, especially during the monsoons; these are highly contaminated and could result in dangerous infections.
Avoid raw or undercooked meat and fish like half-boiled eggs, sushi, rare or medium rare steaks, or undercooked chicken and meat; such foods could cause food poisoning.
Avoid high-intensity activities that could result in a fall.
Tips for an Expectant Dad
Your partner may not look pregnant yet, but her body has already begun to undergo major changes. Make things a little easier for her by helping out with daily chores at home like putting away the groceries, cleaning the kitchen after dinner and helping out with laundry.
Also, discuss with your partner about when and how you would like to tell family and friends the good news.