5 Weeks Pregnant
While the placenta is forming, depending on whether you are carrying identical or fraternal twins, you may have two placentas. If the twins are identical, they will usually share the same placenta. If you are pregnant with fraternal twins, they each have their own placenta, but often fuse into one large one during pregnancy.
Food borne illnesses, such as listeriosis and toxoplasmosis, can be life threatening to an embryo and may cause birth defects or miscarriage. Therefore, knowing which foods to avoid when you are 5 weeks pregnant (and beyond) is important. Some foods to avoid include:
- Soft cheeses such as feta, goat, Brie, Camembert, and blue cheese
- Unpasteurized milk and juices
- Raw or undercooked meats, including hot dogs and deli meats
- Fish with high levels of mercury, such as shark, swordfish, king mackerel, tile fish, and large quantities of tuna
- Raw eggs or foods containing raw eggs, including mousse and tiramisu
- Raw shellfish
Toxoplasmosis can also be spread from soiled cat litter boxes, so if possible, have someone else clean the litter box during your pregnancy.