At 5 weeks of pregnancy (or 21 days after conception) you are now at the beginning of week 6.


Over the next few days, your baby's heart develops and begins beating, but is simply a long tube at this stage rhythmically expanding and contracting.


Your baby's umbilical cord starts to develop, with two arteries and one vein.


These blood vessels transport oxygen and nutrients from you to your baby and take carbon dioxide and waste products away from your baby, for your body to excrete.

Your baby's blood stream remains completely separate from yours, often having a different blood type from you and/or their father.


Your baby's small hands and feet are starting to bud from their upper and lower body and their neural tube (encasing their brain and spinal cord) has now closed. It is important to have sufficient folic acid in your diet during this time to support this process.


Your baby is curled up in the shape of the letter C, making them difficult to measure from head to toe. Ultrasonographers routinely measure very young unborn babies from the crown of their head to the base of their back (or rump), referred to as the crown to rump length (CRL).


Physical changes


Aches and pains


At this early stage of pregnancy it is normal to feel bloated or experience pulling, tugging and/or mild cramping or lower backache as your uterus grows. Although many women worry about feeling these sensations, they are very common. If there is no vaginal bleeding associated with it, then it is probably normal. Some women find tissue salts, such as Mag Phosphate, helpful for cramping - available at natural health stores


NOTE: If you have strong cramping or pain, with or without bleeding, you should contact your local hospital, doctor or pregnancy caregiver for guidance and advice.




It is normal to feel tired or extremely fatigued during the early weeks. For some women, their tiredness can seem neverending. It is not unusual to have 10 or 12 hours sleep, only to get up and still feel exhausted! This is your body adjusting to the enormous metabolic changes that are necessary to grow your baby. Excessive tiredness usually subsides around 12 to 14 weeks of pregnancy, bringing renewed energy and vigour. Try to rest as much as possible or set aside time on the weekends to nap. Early nights seem to be inevitable at this stage.


Emotional reactions


During the early weeks of pregnancy emotions can feel like a roller-coaster ride. The immense physical and emotional adjustments may change emotions quickly, with feelings easily coming to the surface, often heightened by symptoms of pregnancy. It is important to look after yourself at this time. Rest and sleep when you can.



Skin disorders and aching muscles


Many creams, lotions and ointments containing chemicals and medications can be absorbed through the skin and into your blood stream (reaching your baby). It is for this reason that you need to be wary of what you use on your skin during pregnancy


Other considerations


Counselling and psychotherapy. Pregnancy and parenting is a time of dramatic change and sometimes one of crisis for parents. Many women and partners find they need some form of counselling because their situation has involved stress, depression, grief, lifestyle changes, financial problems and/or relationship difficulties.

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