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Week 5 to week 8 of pregnancy

If you are a pregnant mother, and you are in the fourth week of your pregnancy, you might be wondering what will occur in the next four weeks. There are dramatic changes going on within your body that you can definitely feel, but what exactly is happening with your baby? How much is the baby growing? What exactly is happening with the fetus inside your uterus? In this article, we will address and answer these questions, as well as share with you the changes within the pregnant mother as well. Let’s now take a look at what will happen to both the mother and the baby starting with the fifth week of the pregnancy.

 Week 5 Of Pregnancy

At this stage of your pregnancy, within your uterus, the embryo is growing very fast. It is roughly the size of a sesame seed, appearing more like a tadpole than an actual human being. The baby consists of three layers at this point in time, which include the ectoderm, mesoderm, and endoderm. In the outer layer, the ectoderm, the neural tube is developing, a structure that will later become your babies backbone, nerves, spinal cord and brain. In the middle layer, the mesoderm, the heart is beginning to take form. Inside of this layer, the baby’s muscles and skeletal structure will also begin to develop. Within the inner layer, the endoderm, the organs of the baby’s body are beginning to form, including the pancreas, liver, thyroid, rudimentary urinary system, intestines and his or her lungs. The mother is currently experiencing fatigue and a constant need to urinate, as well as the beginnings of morning sickness.

 

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Week 6 Of Pregnancy

At this stage of the pregnancy, there are several major developments occurring. On what will become the baby’s head, there are dark spots which will later be the baby’s eyes, nose, and mouth. The ears are marked by distinct depressions on the side of the head which are visible at this stage of the pregnancy. The heart is now beating up to 160 times per minute, roughly twice the heart rate of the mother, and blood is beginning to move throughout the body. The pituitary gland is forming within the brain area, and the intestinal system is beginning to form. The baby is now roughly the size of a lentil. The mother will start to feel bipolar, with ricocheting emotions occurring as a result of hormonal changes. There will also be a small amount of bleeding, with the blood appearing on toilet tissue and her underpants. All of this is perfectly normal for week six of the pregnancy.

Week 7 Of Pregnancy

At this stage of the pregnancy, the hands and feet of the baby are beginning to develop on the arms and legs. Although they appear more paddle-like, fingers and toes are soon to come. Even though the baby is still in an embryonic stage, with an extended tailbone, the child is still growing, having doubled in size (now the size of a blueberry) since the previous week. The eyes, which will have some color, now have eyelids and the babies liver is now producing red blood cells, something that the bone marrow will soon do in its place. The pancreas and intestines are also developing, and the umbilical cord is now delivering nutrients and oxygen in and out of this tiny body. The mother’s uterus has doubled in size since the inception of the child, and morning sickness is a constant occurrence in her life. She will also need to urinate more because of all of the extra fluid which is constantly processed through her kidneys as a result of the increasing amounts of blood flow throughout her body, and the body of the baby as well.

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Week 8 Of Pregnancy

At this stage of the pregnancy, the fingers and toes of the baby have started to develop. Eyelids cover the tiny eyes, and the spinal tail has almost completely vanished. Inside the baby’s brain, nerve cells are beginning to connect forming neural pathways. The genitals have still not developed, and the baby is roughly the size of the kidney bean, a size too small to feel at this stage. The mother will notice that her breasts are getting larger as a result of the increasing amounts of hormones in her body. Nausea and vomiting will be constant at this point, requiring her to sleep more often to recover.

 

As you can see, during these four weeks of the pregnancy, there are significant changes that happen not only with the baby within the mother, but also with the mother as well. These changes will continue until the baby is born, changes that will inevitably lead to the small child that she will love for the rest of her life. If you are currently pregnant, hopefully this information on week 5 to week 8 of a mother’s pregnancy can help you understand what to expect during the early stages of this very special time in your life.

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Sensible Things You Should Do Before Trying To Get Pregnant

Trying for a baby is more than the act of conception which leads to pregnancy. It’s about making positive changes in your life so that you are in tip top form to carry a baby. It’s also vital to make changes in your life such as sorting out your budget, loosing any excess weight that you may be carrying and trying to eliminate any major sources of stress and worry from your life.

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Getting healthier will improve your chances of conception

Given that your unborn baby will receive everything that you put into your body, it’s essential to completely stop smoking, drinking alcohol and taking drugs including certain prescription ¬†medication. Statistics show that babies born to mothers that smoke throughout pregnancy will be of a smaller birth weight and may have other health problems. Second hand smoke is also dangerous because you are still breathing in many different harmful chemicals so it’s sensible to avoid spending excessive time with smokers.

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If you’re serious about getting pregnant then you really need to visit your doctor to discuss any medication that you may be taking and find out whether you should stop taking it while you’re trying to conceive. During this same visit, ask your doctor to carry out some routine checks on your blood and urine to make sure that you are in the best of health before you conceive. Tests like these will alert your general physician to any vitamin deficiencies, thyroid problems or anaemia and you can put this right before trying to get pregnant.

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Eating and drinking

If you’re the type of person that likes to have a drink in the evening to unwind, its best to try and break this unhealthy habit and replace alcohol for fruit juice or plain water instead. If your partner or husband regularly drinks alcohol then he should also try and cut down on his alcohol consumption while he is trying to get you pregnant as excessive alcohol can sometimes affect fertility.

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Being vastly overweight is not the best condition to be in to have a baby so try and cut down on fatty food and decrease the amount of calories that you are eating each day. You can do this with a minimum amount of effort by simply eliminating fried food, butter and other unhealthy foods such as chocolate, chips, pizza, burgers, doughnuts etc. Make a journal and write down every single thing that you eat during the day and this will help you to realize where you can make positive changes. For example, perhaps you generally have a cookie or two with your morning cup of coffee; you can swap this for a healthier snack such as a fruit smoothie and a banana.

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Every woman who is trying to conceive should take a multivitamin alongside 400 micrograms of folic acid. Medical experts have found that the B vitamin folic acid contains everything that a woman’s body needs for a baby to develop and grow healthily. Don’t assume that just because you’re taking vitamins that you can eat junk food as this is not the case. You should still be eating several portions of fruit and vegetables each day as well as consuming whole grains and healthy fats.

Avoiding certain conditions and diseases

Finding out about any potential dangers to an unborn baby is crucial and is definitely one of the more important things you should do before trying to get pregnant. Avoid any person who is suffering from conditions such as German measles as this can be harmful to the fetus if you catch the disease. Indeed, where possible you should keep away from anyone who is suffering from anything that is infectious such as influenza. It’s your duty to stay healthy while you are trying to get pregnant so if you find out that a friend of yours is ill, then send them a get well card and keep your distance until they have fully recovered.

Small domestic pet rodents such as hamsters and guinea pigs can carry a virus that is harmful to unborn babies so this is another thing that you need to be aware of when you’re pregnant or even trying to get pregnant. If you usually have regular contact with a cat it’s paramount that you don’t change the litter box or handle any cat faeces as this can cause a very dangerous condition called toxoplasmosis which can harm your baby and make you feel very unwell.

Learn to chill out

These days many young women have successful careers and they combine this with running a household and having a busy social life. In order to maximize your chances of a healthy conception you really must try and avoid stressful situations and aim to get your work-life balance more even. Nobody likes to let people down but you have to put your mental and physical well being first when trying to get pregnant.

It’s important to reward yourself, especially if you have stopped smoking and given up alcohol so rather than going around the bars and clubs with your friends, book a spa day for yourself and some friends and enjoy a day of pampering and relaxation. These sorts of activities are excellent for boosting your endorphins and making you feel happier and healthier. If you honestly feel that you are doing too much either in the work place or at home, then make a conscious effort to take a step back.

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Sorting out your finances

Bringing a child into the world when you are desperately short of money is not a good plan. One of the most essential things you should do before trying to get pregnant is to sit down with your partner and look at your household budget. The likelihood is that you are probably in debt so if possible you need to try and pay back any money that you owe on credit cards or loans so that will then have ample money in your budget to cover the expense of a new baby. Don’t go into this with your eyes shut because babies are expensive. You will be paying for them until they leave home so with this in mind, you should reconsider trying for a baby if your finances are not sorted.

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