First trimester : week by week

5 Weeks Pregnant

5 weeks pregnant – What’s going on with you:

You may begin experiencing pregnancy symptoms such as a frequent need to urinate, tenderness and swelling of your breasts, nausea or bloating. Some women don’t experience any of this during this week which is also normal (and lucky!). However, one of the most common indicators that you are 5 weeks pregnant is fatigue, and you are likely to feel more tired during the early weeks than the rest of your pregnancy.


Smoking, taking drugs (including prescription medication) and alcohol should be avoided at costs as these will result in congenital disabilities.

You must also begin taking at least 400 micrograms of folic acid as soon as possible to prevent your baby from developing any neural tube defects. It is also advisable that from now onwards; you begin eating a healthy balanced diet rich in fruits, nuts and accompanied by lots of clean water.

5 weeks pregnant – What’s going on with baby:

At 5 weeks, your baby has grown to about the size of a grain of rice. Your baby’s cells are still rapidly dividing, and he or she begins resembling a developing human baby. Their legs and arms continue to develop, and your baby’s fingers also grow further.

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