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PREGNANCY WEEK 5: The Vitals

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The baby is now beginning to develop its vital organs like the heart, brain, and lungs.

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The placenta, while yet to be fully developed, are already able to supply the baby with oxygen and nourishment by this week.

The baby’s spinal cord is also starting to form.

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Your baby’s cell is divided into three layers:

  1. The first layer or the top layer will be where the brain, backbone, spinal cord, and nerves including the skin hair, and nails will develop.
  2. The second layer or the middle layer will develop into your baby’s skeleton and muscles together with the circulation system of the heart and blood.
  3. The third layer is where the lungs, the intestines, and the urinary system will be developed.

Fatigue, Headaches and The Urgent Call of Nature.

You may already begin to notice the signs that you are with child.

Your body is working hard to create a new life so fatigue would be your constant bother at this moment.

You will also start to have an increase in urine urgencies and headaches.

Consult a doctor is the symptoms are becoming unbearable.

Vitamin B1 Is For The Placenta.

Vitamin B1 or also known as Thiamine is a water-soluble vitamin that helps the body to process carbohydrates into energy.

It also benefits the body by helping to prevent nervous, brain, muscle, heart, stomach, and intestinal complications.

For the baby, Thiamine helps the placenta to function properly.

The recommended amount of intake of Vitamin B1 is 1.4 mg per day.

This vitamin can be found in eggs, white bread, pecans, orange, and even white rice.

Here is a recipe that you can try to ensure that you get enough Vitamin B1 for the day.

New You, New Life, New Habits.

During this week, it is good to start changing the routine of your daily life.

Start eating well, and by well, we encourage expecting mothers to eat whole foods instead of processed foods in most times.

Have a good night’s rest every day in order to counter with the frequent fatigue that you will encounter throughout your first semester.

If you can, avoid doing heavy work around the house or at your workplace.

Heads Up Future Daddies!

The father is expecting too!

One key for a smooth and happy pregnancy is to have a supportive partner.

If you are first-time parents, this first pregnancy must be a new adventure to journey together.

The father should be involved in every stages of the pregnancy.

For the first trimester, the father can expect the mother to experience a lot of nausea, morning sickness, vomiting, and many other early symptoms of pregnancy.

Did you know that fathers can experience pregnancy symptoms too?

When pregnancy symptoms such as nausea, weight gain, mood swings and bloating occur in men, the condition is called couvade, or sympathetic pregnancy. 

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It is best for the father to be patient and encouraging during this time.

Go to doctor’s appointment together.

Buy the baby’s equipment together.

This is the first step to parenthood, good luck!

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