You can’t tell by looking, but your baby’s brain is developing quickly and the cerebral hemispheres, the two sides which will make up their brain, are starting to appear. The “sense organs” are coming along too, with the outline of eyes and ears, and the beginnings of a nose and mouth. Excitingly, the circulatory and digestive systems are also taking shape little by little. The heart of your baby has now developed enough that it is becoming more prominent.
At 5 weeks, your baby is around the size of a sesame seed and is developing their brain at a rapid pace. They are forming the two hemispheres that make up the brain.
Now in the 5th week of your pregnancy, you might feel like something has changed. Many women can sense it, even at this early stage. Perhaps you’re feeling more tense or irritable than usual. This is caused by hormonal changes that can affect not just your mental state but also produce certain physical signs. Breasts can feel fuller, and some women feel a pulling, or even a little pain, in the pelvic region, which is caused by the intensified blood flow. All part of an amazing process.
You may be feeling nauseous throughout the day. Yes, sadly morning sickness isn’t limited to the morning.
There are some things you can do:
- First of all, try not to skip breakfast - Even small amounts of food, such as a dry toast, may help with the nausea.
- Try splitting up your meals - Plan small snacks mid-morning and afternoon in addition to your three other meals.
- Drink enough water to stay hydrated.
Did you know that flavours from your food can cross the placenta, to your growing baby? In a few weeks when your baby’s taste buds develop, their later taste preferences can be influenced by what you eat during pregnancy. If you eat strong flavours such as garlic or the spice of anise, your little one might find these familiar and like them as well.