Pregnancy – Weeks 5-8

Every week, something new happens not only to your baby, but to your body as well. You may not even be aware of some of the changes that occur in your body. The fifth week of pregnancy is a common time for women to realize that they are pregnant. By the fifth week, women will have missed their periods and usually take a pregnancy test or visit their OB/GYN to confirm pregnancy. Women who already know they are pregnant have probably noticed some of the symptoms of pregnancy such as nausea and fatigue.

Changes during Pregnancy: Weeks 5-8

Week 5:

During your fifth week of pregnancy, you likely recently found out you were pregnant. You may start to notice certain changes such as breast tenderness and frequent urination caused by the growing uterus and the resultant congestion of the bladder. Feeling nauseous and/or vomiting is a very common symptom of pregnancy during the fifth week, but some women go their whole pregnancy without experiencing nausea.


Week 6:

You may begin to notice that your waist is a little thicker during your sixth week of pregnancy, but if this is your first pregnancy, it may take longer to notice visible changes in your belly. The vulva during the sixth week is a mildly bluish or violet color. Some women may feel dizzy or feel like they are going to faint when they stand up. This is usually not serious and is caused by changes in blood pressure. A mother’s sense of smell becomes very sensitive and certain things like tobacco and alcohol can trigger nausea. During the sixth week of pregnancy, your uterus is about the size of a small grain of rice.


Week 7:

Due to changes in hormones during the seventh week of pregnancy, some women may develop healthy, beautiful, “glowing” skin while others develop acne-prone skin that breaks out easily and frequently. Constipation is a common problem during this time, but it is easily corrected by drinking lots of water and adding extra fiber into the diet. Depending on your weight prior to pregnancy, you may have lost or gained weight at this point. All pregnant women should maintain a healthy, nutritious diet to ensure that both mother and baby are well nourished.


Week 8:

During this week, your uterus is about the size of a grapefruit. You may experience soreness in the breasts and may notice that your breasts are becoming larger. Your growing uterus puts pressure on your bladder resulting in frequent urination. You may have mild heartburn in which case it is best to forego large meals and eat small, frequent meals instead. At your next doctor’s visit, ask your doctor about exercises that can be done to keep your pelvic muscles toned. While it may not seem like it at the time, pregnancy goes by fast and is such a special time in a mother’s life; try to enjoy every minute of it!

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