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5 Weeks Pregnant


Image: Fetal Development At 5 Weeks

Your tiny blastocyst baby is now safely implanted in your womb, and your blood system is pumping out lots of nutrients to help it develop.

Just 2mm long and shaped a little bit like a tadpole, remarkable developments are now taking place. The heart is beginning to beat, major organs are being formed, and even facial features are becoming distinct such as nostrils and eye retinas!

Since your body is working extra hard to get things ready for the baby, you may be quite tired. Your breasts may well be a little tender and swollen and you may find you need to pee more frequently.

While many women don’t experience morning sickness yet and some not at all, you could be a little bit queasy or experience vomiting. Also remember that morning sickness can happen at any time of the day.

At this stage, your body is producing a massive amount of the hormone Beta-HCG (Beta Human Chorionic Gonadotropin) which increases progesterone and estrogen levels. These hormones would be responsible for a positive pregnancy test result if you were to take one now.

While it is still very early, you could make an appointment with your doctor to seek confirmation of the pregnancy. Meanwhile, you should rest and seek out peaceful environments as much as possible.
Will smoking really affect my pregnancy all that much?
Yes, it’s very harmful. Smoking more than 5 cigarettes a day in pregnancy has been proven to result in smaller babies. They are also more likely to have health problems and be in need of specialist care after birth.

For a smoker who consumes 20 a day regularly, each per-day cigarette will contribute to approximately 13 grams less of the baby’s weight at birth. So 20 cigarettes per day is equal to 260 grams in reduced weight of your baby. Furthermore, cigarettes increase the risk of placental abruption (bleeding from the placenta coming away from the wall of your uterus).

If you’re really struggling to stop, speak to your GP surgery – there are a range of initiatives and even stop-smoking support groups available.