Your baby this week
5 weeks pregnant

What your baby looks like now

Just two weeks after conception, your little one is a mere 1/100 of an inch long... that's roughly the width of three of the hairs from your head! For a closer look at what your baby may look like right around two weeks after conception, or at four weeks menstrual age, click here!


In the know

Pregnancy test

There has been some interesting research done on ovulation and the hormones responsible for it. Previous research has shown that a group of 15 to 20 follicles grew during the menstrual cycle, and that one follicle from the group was selected to ovulate while the others died off. University of Saskatchewan researchers have found that this process occurs in "waves."

In response to hormone surges, women experience two to three periods of follicular development each month, though only one egg is selected for ovulation. Check out the rest of the story here.


Ideas & advice

Feeling a bit woozy? Sometimes eating small, frequent meals is the way to get through your day.

You also might want to think about how to incorporate different kinds of bread into your diet. Breads are great because they can be used as a quick pick-me-up snack on the go or as part of your meal. Find out how you -- yes, you! -- can make fabulous artisan breads at home with only a few minutes of work.


Ask the expert

Do you like to take hot baths or showers? Mom-to-be Donna writes: A friend of mine told me I have to avoid hot baths and hot showers during pregnancy. Is this true? If so, why? Is there anything else I need to worry about with heat?

David Barrere, MD answers: Anecdotally, an increase in core body temperature has been associated with an increase for congenital malformations (birth defects). Therefore, Ob/Gyns advise women to avoid excessive heat, especially during the first trimester. This includes excessive heat encountered in the work place, Jacuzzis, baths and saunas."

But what about the shower? Click here to get the rest of this answer.