You are now five weeks pregnant (or in your sixth week if that’s how you prefer to count it).

How your baby’s growing

You may not look pregnant yet (you may not even have any symptoms) but your baby is growing rapidly. This week the heart — no bigger than a poppy seed — begins to beat though at this point the embryo still looks more like a tadpole than a human. Major organs, including the kidneys and heart, have begun to develop, and the neural tube, which connects the brain and spinal cord, closes.

How your life’s changing

Pregnancy symptoms continue or start this week. If you’re like most women, you’ll notice nausea (and not just in the morning), fatigue, the discomfort of sore breasts, and a need to urinate more often. All are normal, all are annoying, but the good thing is that they’re simply a part of being pregnant so they won’t last forever. Some women also get headaches in the first trimester of pregnancy — follow our self-help tips if you’re one of them.

However, there are some pregnancy symptoms that you should never ignore. If you experience any of the danger signs of early pregnancy seek medical help immediately. Your family doctor, OB/GYN, or midwife is there to help you in these circumstances.

It’s important to eat well at every stage of pregnancy so that your baby gets all the nutrients she needs to develop. Small regular meals and regular drinks can help prevent indigestion and combat nausea and fatigue. It helps to eat a wide variety of foods, particularly if you are vegetarian.

Pregnancy Tip

“For a natural morning sickness remedy, try nibbling on cucumber soaked in water. It really helps.” — Kim

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