5 weeks pregnant

5 weeks

Dear mom,

Don’t be alarmed. If you were to take a look at me right now, I might actually kind of resemble a little tadpole (complete with a tail!) I’m actually about the size of an apple seed at the moment, and still growing every single day. If you’re feeling a little extra love this week, that’s because my circulatory system and my heart has started to form – and function. That little ‘tail’ I mentioned? That’s actually the start of my neural tube, which is where my brain and spinal cord will eventually develop. Finally even my internal organs – like my lungs and my intestines – are starting to take shape. All of this action is taking place in three very busy layers within the amniotic sac.

As for you, I’m thinking you’re probably starting to really notice and feel those telltale pregnancy signs. At this point you’ve likely missed a period and are doing the math. When combined with symptoms like sore breasts, fatigue and frequent urination, it all adds up to a pregnancy. And yes, you might be feeling a little nauseated at this point, but real morning sickness is still to come.

If you suspect you’re pregnant, remember – it’s time to give up social activities like drinking. There are lots of ways to avoid questions about your alcohol consumption while also steering clear of liquor. Offer to be the designated driver for your group, order a non-alcoholic cocktail to blend in, or simply avoid occasions where alcohol is going to be the focus. While you’re at it – consider some of the other things you’re consuming. Cut back on caffeine, sugar, and processed foods and take a closer look at what’s on your plate. Whole foods loaded with vitamins are key to a healthy pregnancy for both you and me.

It’s hard to believe so much has happened in a little over a month – and we still have 35 weeks to go! If you’re ready, keep in mind, “A baby will make love stronger, days shorter, nights longer, bankroll smaller, home happier, clothes shabbier, the past forgotten, and the future worth living for.” - Unknown


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