5 Weeks Pregnant
At the end of week 5, your baby’s heart begins to beat regularly; and pumps fluid into the tiny blood vessels that have formed. A string of these blood vessels connects your baby to you, and will become the umbilical cord.
The umbilical cord is your baby’s lifeline, carrying oxygen and food via the placenta and carrying waste from the baby to be eliminated.
By now, you’ll have missed a period. Perhaps you suspect that you’re pregnant, or may even be experiencing some odd symptoms. Perhaps you’ve begun to feel a little tired, or nauseous, or your breasts are sore. If you are pregnant, this will now show on a home pregnancy test, although you’ll need to test again in a few days’ time to know for sure . You can visit your GP at this stage, although there may not yet be much to discuss. Now is the perfect time to join the eumom birth club; so you can chat to other moms who are due at the same time as you.
When you’re pregnant, certain vitamins and minerals become particularly important: calcium and vitamin D, folic acid, iron and vitamin C (vitamin C helps you to absorb iron) and Omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids. Read up on helpful advice for healthy eating in pregnancy.
‘To do’ this week
If you haven't done so yet, schedule an appointment with your doctor, or hospital; to start proper antenatal care. To prepare, make a note of the first day of your last period (so they can determine your due date) and start making a list of any questions you may have.
It may also be useful to make a list of any chronic conditions that run in your family; as your medical provider will want to get a family medical history.