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5 weeks pregnant - what to expect

Your baby’s tiny face is starting to form - the beginnings of a miniscule nose and eyes are already taking shape.

Week 5 infographic

What does my baby look like?

Your tiny person is 9mm, about the size of a little fingernail now.

Your baby’s hands and feet are still just little buds. Their skull bones close around their tiny, primitive brain.

The outer layer of the cushiony amniotic sac develops into the placenta. Its cells grow deep into the wall of your womb, creating a rich blood supply.

Your placenta will give your baby nutrients and oxygen through their umbilical cord. It has three vessels: One thick vessel carrying oxygenated blood and nutrients to the baby (they won’t breathe through their lungs until they're born), and two thinner vessels that carry blood containing waste-products back into your circulatory system.

This remarkable lifeline keeps bacteria and viruses away from your body’s precious cargo.

Your symptoms - what to expect

Pass the pickles and ice cream, please

Been craving any crazy concoctions? Or maybe you’ve taken a sudden dislike to one of your favourite foods? Cravings aren’t uncommon in pregnancy but don’t be alarmed if you don’t get any, that’s totally normal too. Read 10 pregnancy myths exposed to find out more.

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Choosing the best nutrition for you and your baby

You might not feel pregnant yet, but it’s time to start looking after yourself and your precious cargo. This week we're looking at food and nutrition in pregnancy.

Your body is working hard to grow a baby but it’s super-efficient, which means there’s no need to ‘eat for two’. You won’t need to up the calories until your final trimester (and that’s just by 200 calories a day). Tackle pregnancy munchies by eating small meals often to keep your blood sugar levels steady.

Find out what 200 calories looks like here.

Eating a healthy, balanced diet in pregnancy will give you more energy and ensure your baby gets all the nutrients it needs.

“I used to eat a lot of junk food, but when I was pregnant I took healthy snacks to work instead - fruit, yoghurts and almonds - and I drank a lot of water.” 

Nadia, mum of one

Find out more about managing your weight in pregnancy.

There are certain vital supplements in pregnancy: Make sure you take a folic acid supplement to help your baby’s neural tube develop, and vitamin D.

What foods are off limits?

At first trying to remember all the dos and don’ts in pregnancy – like which foods to avoid - feels like navigating a minefield. But don’t, you’ll soon get to grips with it. We’ve got lots of info to make it as straightforward as possible.

Here are tips to avoid food poisoning.

Vegetarian or vegan?

It’s perfectly possible to follow a vegetarian or vegan diet in pregnancy but it’s important to ensure it is varied and includes all the food groups. Learn more about planning your vegetarian or vegan diet to ensure your baby gets enough vitamin B12, riboflavin, iron, zinc, calcium and iodine.

Cutting down on caffeine

It’s important to limit your caffeine intake now that you’re pregnant. You might be surprised to learn that caffeine is not just found in coffee, but also in tea, chocolate and energy drinks! Decaffeinated tea and coffee, fruit juice or water are all good choices if you are used to drinking a lot of caffeinated drinks. Find out how much caffeine is in your daily diet here.


1. Lennart Nilsson (2009) A Child is Born, Jonathan Cape, p.142.

2. Lennart Nilsson (2009) A Child is Born, Jonathan Cape, p.136.

3. Lennart Nilsson (2009) A Child is Born, Jonathan Cape, pp.138-140.

4. Lennart Nilsson (2009) A Child is Born, Jonathan Cape, p.204-205.

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Last reviewed on April 1st, 2015. Next review date April 1st, 2018.

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