Lately, it might seem like your body has a mind of its own. (And maybe it does!) See what's up — and what's next — with our week-by-week guide.
After weeks of rapid cell development, your baby takes on a more distinct form. During the 5th week of pregnancy, here’s what’s happening inside:
Although later pregnancy is more dramatic to the world externally, the first weeks of pregnancy include the most dramatic internal changes for you. All of the systems in your pregnant body change to help your new baby develop. During your 5th week of pregnancy, you might start to notice the following:
Making the Most of Your Health Care Professional VisitsRegular prenatal care remains a critical part of monitoring your health and the health of your baby throughout your pregnancy. Now is the time to schedule your first prenatal visit. Most Health Care Professionals will schedule the appointment between your 6th and 10th week of pregnancy.
Exercise: Finding the Right Routine for You
Exercise supports good health for you and for your baby. Plus, healthy habits today lay the groundwork for your future labor and delivery. Check out a few simple pointers that might help you find the right routine:
You might find that some types of exercise relieve pregnancy-related aches and pains. Try stretching, walking, swimming, water aerobics, cycling on a stationary bike, low-impact aerobics, or low-impact cardiovascular machines. Experiment to find the routine that works best for you.
Pregnancy is one of the best times to pump up your nutritional intake, because your choices now affect both you and your baby. During your 5th week of pregnancy:
Continue to follow a balanced diet. As you feel more hunger, begin to add a few extra, well-chosen calories to your diet. During your 1st trimester you shouldn’t need to add extra calories to your diet.