5 Weeks Pregnant – what to expect

Now you're 5 weeks pregnant, this week is all about morning sickness, sex in your first trimester, metallic tastes in your mouth and chickpea curry!

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Watch our video to see what your baby looks like this week

Loads under construction baby-wise this week – not least two tiny heart tubes (fully beating and everything!) that will later fuse together, and the neural tube that will become your baby’s brain and spine.

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So what’s happening to your body this week?

Feeling a bit bleurgh? You’ve probably just run into early pregnancy’s least welcome companion: morning sickness.

Up to 80% of us get it (laughs bitterly at its stupid name, given that it can strike morning, noon and night – and pretty much any time in between), and it varies in hideousness from feeling a bit green around the gills to proper, full-on vomity stuff.

All you can really do (sorry) is hang in there till it eases (it almost always does). Loosen your waistband, sip water, and know that, as long as you can nibble the odd bit of dry toast, none of this is affecting your baby.


Our MFMer’s 5-week bump of the week

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Is yours already showing? Check out other MFMers’ bumps in our 5 week bump gallery.

Did you know? Your baby’s now the size of… a sugar sprinkle

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This week, your baby measures 1.27mm, the same as a ‘hundreds and thousands’ sugar sprinkle.

4 things you might need to know this week

MFMer’s tip of the week from our forum

“It’s really hard to not worry but I’ve told myself it won’t change anything, so I might as well enjoy these early weeks as much as possible!” Apricot0904

Want to share your pregnancy with others going through the same as you?  There’s a birth club for your due date – take a look

Is it normal… to have period-type pains?

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Oh yes. And you thought periods were over for 9 months. Pregnancy tummy cramps can feel just like your normal monthly pains, you may even get a little light bleeding – it’s all completely normal and part of those amazing changes your body will be making. If you’re at all worried, chat to your GP. 

Our preg recipe for week 5 – Chickpea and tomato curry

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Why chickpeas are great for your growing baby

Queasy? Wobbly? Chickpeas to the rescue! Nutrient-dense and high in fibre, they can help balance your blood-sugar levels. They’re also rich in folic acid (important in early pregnancy to help prevent birth defects) and a good source of blood-boosting iron and magnesium.

See the full recipe and get cooking…

Baby namer – what do you think of these retro names?

Already picked your baby names or still wondering which direction you’ll go? What do you think about these old-school names?

Edie
Edie is the achingly cool name popularised in the swinging 60s by actress Edie Sedgwick, who was a muse to pop artist Andy Warhol. It’s the shorter version of Edith that means prosperity and riches.
Celeb baby-name-check: Keira Knightley named her 1st daughter Edie.

Ernie
Ernie is short for Ernest and means ‘serious business’ in old German. Although, famous Ernies include comedy legends Ernie Wise and Seasame Street’s Ernie… so maybe more for those who love a giggle.
Celeb baby-name-check: former Blue Peter presenter Helen Skelton names her 1st son Ernie.

Check out our dedicated Baby Names section for more inspiration.

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So that’s plenty for this week, want to take a peek at what lies ahead – or look back at last week?

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