Pregnancy Week 5: All You Need To Know

Bayo Ajibola

Pregnancy Week 5

How your baby’s growing

Your little one at this stage is the size of a sesame seed and looks more like a tiny tadpole than a human. At this yime, the baby is made up of three layers – the ectoderm, the mesoderm, and the endoderm – which will later develop into his organs and tissues.

The neural tube – from which your little one’s  organs such as the brain, spinal cord, nerves, and backbone will grow– is starting to develop in the top layer, known as the ectoderm. This layer will bring forth his skin, hair, nails, mammary and sweat glands, and tooth enamel.

In the second layer also known as the mesoderm, your baby’s heart and circulatory system begin to form (This week, in fact, his tiny heart begins to divide into chambers and beat and pump blood.)  Your baby’s muscles, cartilage, bone, and subcutaneous (under the skin) tissue, will also be formed by the mesoderm.

The third layer, also known as the endoderm, will hold his lungs, intestines, and early urinary system. His thyroid, liver, and pancreas, also included.

How your life’s changing

This week may see you noticing some early pregnancy discomforts such as sore breasts, fatigue, and frequent urination. There is also every possibility that nausea may set in.

This stage also needs you to develop appropriate exercise for your body as exercise helps you develop the strength needed to manage the extra weight you’ll be carrying.Exercise also can aid in getting you ready for the physical rigors of labor..

Things to do this week

Get early prenatal care and keep up with your appointments. ensure you get great prenatal care as it is essential to you and your baby’s health.

Take your prenatal vitamin. prenatal supplements most times contain more folic acid, iron, and calcium than you’ll find in a standard multivitamin and pregnant women need more of these nutrients.

It’s very important that women trying to conceive and during your first trimester take folic acid because it greatly reduces your baby’s risk of developing neural tube birth defects such as spina bifida.

Stop smoking. If you smoke, ow is the time to stop as smoking increases your risk of a lot of issue to include miscarriage, placental problems, and preterm birth. It also affects fetal growth and increases risk of stillbirth and infant death.

Stop drinking alcohol. a drink a day can adversely affect birth weight and raise your child’s risk for problems with learning, speech, attention span, language, and hyperactivity. Even as no one knows just how much quantity o alcohol can affect your baby, its very advisable to steer clear of anything alcohol during your pregnancy period.

Activity: Make a prenatal appointment

If you are yet to do this, this is the time to do it, Set up a prenatal appointment. To prepare for this meeting with your doctor, pen down the first day of your last period (so she can determine your due date) and start making a list of any questions that arise.

Bayo Ajibola

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