5 Weeks Pregnant
You’ve just been initiated to the pregnancy club! Week 5 is a common time for moms-to-be to find out they’re pregnant. That’s because by now you’ve probably realized you’ve missed your period and then thought, whoa—maybe I should take a test! Plus, at 5 weeks pregnant, heightened hormone levels may be giving you symptoms that are tough to ignore, like sore breasts, nausea and fatigue. (Those same hormones are the ones your pregnancy test detected to give you a positive result.) Okay, so the “club” might not be so fun right now, but you’ll eventually be so glad you were a member. For updates on what’s happening with you and baby throughout your pregnancy, sign up for The Bump pregnancy week-by-week newsletter emails.
How Big Is Baby at 5 Weeks Pregnant?
At 5 weeks pregnant, baby is the size of an apple seed. Yep, your embryo is now measurable—though at week five of pregnancy, it's a wee 0.13 inches from crown to rump (a.k.a. head to bum)—and baby's gearing up for much more growth. In fact, in the next week they’ll almost double in size. Grow, baby, grow!
5 Weeks Pregnant Is How Many Months?
At 5 weeks pregnant, you're entering your second month of pregnancy. Yep, you just discovered you’re pregnant and you’ve already got one month in the books! That’s because most doctors start counting pregnancy from the first day of your last period. But here’s the thing: While many people think of pregnancy as lasting 9 months, it’s really 40 weeks long. If you’re counting four weeks to a month, that adds up to 10 months! Of course, some months have five weeks. That’s why many doctors avoid tracking pregnancy by month and refer to your progress simply by week.
The pregnancy symptoms you feel at 5 weeks are just the beginning of the slew of changes your body is about to go through. No need to dread the entire pregnancy based on what’s happening right now: Many moms-to-be say the first trimester is the toughest, so think of it as getting the rough stuff out of the way early. In the meantime, take care of yourself and get plenty of rest, eat right and figure out ways to help yourself feel better. If you’re wondering what to expect at 5 weeks pregnant, here’s what’s most common:
- Sore breasts. Morning sickness gets all the attention, but aching breasts may actually be the most common symptom at 5 weeks pregnant.
- Morning sickness. This bad boy is so inaccurately named. Nausea in early pregnancy can happen at any time of the day, not just morning. And unfortunately, some pregnant moms feel queasy pretty much all day. In fact, if you’re 5 weeks pregnant with twins, you may be more likely to have severe morning sickness. Experiment with different strategies to find what helps you deal with the queasies best. Eating small, frequent meals is one good one. You might also try Vitamin B6, ginger capsules, special nausea-reducing lozenges or lollipops and acupressure wristbands.
- Fatigue. At 5 weeks pregnant, it’s normal to want to nap in the middle of a board meeting, a dinner date, a… well, pretty much any time. You’re zapped from making a baby and there’s not much you can do about it except get some extra rest, do some light exercise and eat every few hours.
- Frequent urination. You might notice yourself having the urge to pee more often early in pregnancy. This symptom at 5 weeks pregnant is in part because your kidneys are actually expanding. (Whoa!)
- Cramps. Around 4 or 5 weeks, cramping could be a sign the embryo has implanted nicely into the lining of your uterus. Or it could be a sign your uterus is expanding and stretching your ligaments. If you’re feeling cramping at 5 weeks pregnant that’s severe or painful, call your doctor and get checked out to make sure it’s not a sign of a problem.
- Spotting. When you’re 5 weeks pregnant, spotting can seem scary, but a little blood on your underwear could also be a sign of implantation. You might also spot a bit after sex, since your cervix is more sensitive now that you’re pregnant. This is totally normal, but if you’re having something that’s less like spotting and more like bleeding at 5 weeks pregnant—or really, if you’re concerned at all—call the doctor.
Some moms-to-be who are 5 weeks pregnant feel no symptoms at all. Or it might feel like, at 5 weeks pregnant, symptoms come and go. And all of that is totally okay! Just because you’re not feeling sick or sore doesn’t mean there’s something wrong with the pregnancy. It just means you’re lucky!
What should I expect at 5 weeks pregnant?
The experience at 5 weeks pregnant can vary a lot from person to person, so it might be best not to expect anything specific, but to prepare for everything. If nothing else, you’re likely to feel more tired than usual, and your body is probably just starting to feel a little wonky, but hopefully you’re not in the thick of it quite yet. If your symptoms are severe, there’s never any harm in calling your doctor to check in (and possibly check for multiples!).
Should I See a Doctor At 5 Weeks Pregnant?
Unless you have any reason to believe there’s a problem with your pregnancy, there’s no real reason to see your doctor quite yet. The first prenatal appointment often takes place around week 8 or 9. But while you may need to wait a little bit longer to have your pregnancy officially confirmed, now is the time to call and schedule that first visit and ultrasound. If you have any concerns, share them when you call so you can get in to see your doctor when you need to.
At 5 weeks pregnant, your belly may look unchanged—or you may be a bit bloated or feel like you’ve already gained a pound. Heck, you might feel so sick that you can’t eat and worry you could have lost a pound. All those scenarios are considered perfectly normal and totally okay! All pregnant women are different and how their bodies change throughout pregnancy varies widely.
You’re probably starting to wonder a bit about overall pregnancy weight gain. The short answer is: You don’t need to worry too much about it yet. Doctors only recommend gaining a few pounds (1 to 5 to be exact) during the first trimester (which ends after week 13), and that will probably happen without you thinking too much about it.
The long answer is that you will need to gain weight during your pregnancy.
Your doctor will discuss personalized weight gain recommendations with you, since they vary based on body type. Here’s what the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) recommends:
If you’re underweight (BMI under 18.5):
- Your recommended total pregnancy weight gain is 28 to 40 pounds.
- In the second and third trimesters, aim to gain about a pound (1 to 1.3 pounds to be exact) per week.
If you’re of normal weight (BMI of 18.5 to 24.9):
- Your recommended total pregnancy weight gain is 25 to 35 pounds.
- In the second and third trimesters, aim to gain about a pound or a little less (0.8 to 1 pound to be exact) per week.
If you’re overweight (BMI of 25 to 29.9):
- Your recommended total pregnancy weight gain is 15 to 25 pounds.
- In the second and third trimesters, aim to gain a little over a half pound (0.5 to 0.7 pound to be exact) per week.
If you’re obese (BMI of 30 and above):
- Your recommended total pregnancy weight gain is 11 to 20 pounds.
- In the second and third trimesters, aim to gain about a half pound (0.4 to 0.6 pound to be exact) per week.
If you’re 5 weeks pregnant with twins (and starting at a normal BMI):
- Your recommended total pregnancy weight gain is 37 to 54 pounds.
- In the first half of pregnancy, aim to gain about a pound per week. In the second half, gain a little over a pound per week.
Wondering if you could be 5 weeks pregnant with twins? If you were, you probably wouldn’t know it yet, though as we mentioned above, some twin moms swear they had worse morning sickness. They also may gain weight more rapidly and “start to show” earlier than women having one baby would.
Five weeks pregnant is a good time to ask your partner for a massage. You might not have a big bump, but at five weeks pregnant, your body is working fast and furiously to grow baby, so you deserve a little TLC, right?
5 Weeks Pregnant Ultrasound
Your week-5 embryo doesn't look like much more than a tadpole right now, but they’re already starting to form major organs (heart, stomach, liver and kidneys) and systems (digestive, circulatory and nervous).
If you don’t have a medical history that puts you at higher risk for pregnancy complications, you won’t likely have a 5 weeks pregnant ultrasound. Instead, you’ll just have to wait impatiently until your first prenatal visit, around week 8 or 9. We feel your pain!
When you do have your first ultrasound, the doctor or technician will measure baby from crown to rump and could adjust your due date based on baby’s size (which would change which week of pregnancy you’re in). You’ll have a slew of blood tests and urine tests to be sure you and baby are both doing fine. So while you’re totally amped up to see baby’s tiny fluttering heartbeat on the ultrasound screen, remind yourself you can wait a few weeks for the blood draws and peeing in a cup.
Is there a heartbeat at 5 weeks?
A heartbeat may be detectable between 5 and a half weeks and 6 weeks, but not always. That’s why, unless you have preexisting conditions or fertility concerns, most doctors wait until at least 8 weeks for your first ultrasound.
Tips for 5 Weeks Pregnant
Skip certain foods
Now that you know you’re pregnant, there are certain foods you’ll have to put aside. As annoying as it is, some foods pose a safety concern for you and baby. Until your child is born, hold off on alcohol, raw dough and batter, raw or undercooked meat, hot dogs and cold cuts, paté and other refrigerated meat spreads, raw and undercooked seafood and eggs (including eggs with runny yolks and cured fish like lox), fish known for having high mercury levels, unwashed fruits and veggies, raw bean sprouts and any cheese, milk or juice that’s unpasteurized.
Break your coffee habit
The effects of too much caffeine on baby are unknown, so it’s smart to cut back on your habit. As exhausted as you probably are right now, limit yourself to less than 200 milligrams of caffeine per day—or about two small cups of coffee or less. If you’re a tea drinker, the same general rules apply.
If you’re a smoker, stop smoking right away as it’s harmful to baby. If you are around people who smoke frequently, ask them to stay a significant distance away when they smoke so you’re not inhaling secondhand smoke (and so the smell of the smoke doesn’t make you nauseous!).
Pass on the litter box
You are officially off the hook for cleaning the litter box, as there’s the potential for contracting an infection called toxoplasmosis, which could harm baby. Oh darn. Enjoy passing this unpleasant task (that could make you heave anyway) off to someone else! It’s a good idea to avoid uncovered sandboxes and gardening without gloves too, since outdoor cats often use garden beds and sandboxes as their own personal toilets.
Pregnancy Checklist at 5 Weeks Pregnant
Reminders for the week:
- Establish a healthy diet
- Start a pregnancy journal
- Come up with a plan to save for baby
Medical content was reviewed November 2020 by Sara Twogood, MD, an obstetrician gynecologist at Cedars Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles and author of Ladypartsblog.com.
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A second pregnancy is an interesting time in one’s life. You have experienced and cherished the first one, and you wonder how this would be as you get ready to welcome your second child.
The fact is that your second pregnancy can be exactly similar to the first one, and perhaps be very different from it as well. No one can ascertain that! However, in most cases, some indicators tend to be more intense during the second baby pregnancy as compared to the first one. The early signs of pregnancy are however the same as they were the first time and you can look out for them to confirm your pregnancy.
Early Signs of Second-time Pregnancy
While most signs of your second pregnancy are likely to be similar to your first one, you may be able to observe some minor differences.
1. Gain in weight
Most women do not gain weight in the first few weeks of getting pregnant. However, you may find the mid-section becoming a little thicker. This thickening can happen earlier than it had happened during your first pregnancy. This is because the muscle in the abdomen has already been stretched and it becomes easier for the muscles to relax when you get pregnant.
2. Pregnancy belly
You may observe that your pregnancy belly has pooched out a little earlier this time. This is not because your baby is growing faster but because of your ab-muscles that have loosened up after your first pregnancy. You’ll probably look bigger sooner because your rectus abdominal muscle has already been stretched out during your first pregnancy. According to The Mayo Clinic’s Guide to Pregnancy, your body works like a balloon which is easier to blow up the second time. On the high side, even though many second-time moms feel bigger earlier on, the growth tends to level out as the pregnancy progresses.
What Are the Symptoms of a Second Pregnancy?
Some symptoms of the second pregnancy may differ from what you experienced during your first pregnancy. Here’s a list of second pregnancy symptoms different from the first –
1. More Aches and Pain
If you had suffered from back pain in your first pregnancy, then you may tend to have severe back pain during your second pregnancy. This happens if your abdominal muscles are still not back in shape. The hormone “relaxin” (which typically increases in the first 14 weeks of pregnancy, then decreases to a plateau around 24 weeks) is said to be a lot more effective during second pregnancies. The second reason for this could be that the baby might be lying in the lower abdomen due to prior stretching. This usually heals after the delivery.
2. Severe Varicose Veins or Haemorrhoids
These symptoms are likely to show in your first pregnancy, and if they did, then it is unfortunate as this time it can be more severe and can show up sooner too. Making sure that you avoid constipation is the best way to prevent haemorrhoids. Some simple tips to avoid constipation are: eat fibre-rich fruits and veggies, drink plenty of water, don’t delay when you feel the urge to use the bathroom and avoid standing or sitting for long periods.
3. Increased Pelvic Pain and Pressure
This might not be the case with everyone but some women during a second pregnancy might feel more pelvic pain in comparison to their first pregnancy. Just think of the proverb “no pain, no gain” and bear the pain for the new life that you are carrying inside.
4. You are Mentally Prepared to Meet the Baby
Now that you have tasted the bliss of mothering a child, you will be more prepared mentally to have a second baby. This is another sign that expresses your readiness.
Here’s a rundown of the early second pregnancy symptoms week 1 through week 4-
Differences Between First Pregnancy and Second Pregnancy
Here is the comparison that tells you how some symptoms may differ over two pregnancies. Note that these differences are only indicative. You may or may not have these differences.
|Symptom||First Pregnancy||Second pregnancy|
|Belly Growth||Grows slowly||The belly grows faster because the uterus has already got accustomed to the first pregnancy. It starts growing rapidly as soon as you get pregnant. The ab-muscles were tighter the first time, but they are loose now and cannot hold efficiently.|
|Contractions||Lesser contractions||There may be a rise in the Braxton-Hicks contractions, both in terms of interval and strength. Braxton-hicks contractions are intermittent uterine contractions. Since your uterine walls are already stretched out after your first pregnancy, you may tend to feel the contractions more. Since you have experienced these before, you may also be able to notice contractions much sooner this time.|
|Pelvic pain and pressure||Lesser pain||Most women experience more pelvic pain in the second pregnancy. There is also more pressure on the lower back. If you had lower back pain in your first pregnancy, be prepared to have more severe pain this time. If your abdominal muscles are not back to shape after your first pregnancy, you are likely to experience back pain.|
|Labour||Do not know beforehand when you will go into labour||You will not be able to know the onset of labour beforehand, but the cervix will dilate a little more in your second pregnancy. Labour is also likely to be much quicker than the previous time. The pushing stage is also likely to be easier, and you may also have fewer stitches than the last time.|
|Postpartum recovery||Postpartum pains are short-lived and very mild. This is because the uterine muscles are better toned when you get pregnant the first time. As a result, uterine muscles could stay contracted.||More intense postpartum pains. This is caused because of the uterus contracting as it shrinks to the pre-pregnancy size. The pains can get very uncomfortable. The uterine muscle tone is weaker, and it intermittently relaxes and contracts.|
Complications in the Second Pregnancy
If you had a healthy first pregnancy with no complications, the chances are that your second pregnancy would also be smooth.
However, if you had complications like preeclampsia, placental abruption, preterm labour and birth or postpartum haemorrhage in your first pregnancy, there is a high risk that you may have these complications again. If you are obese, diabetic or suffering from high blood pressure, it could also lead to complications in your second pregnancy.
Your medical history is important because it tends to influence the risk in your second delivery. Let your healthcare expert know about any complications that you had before, any medication that you are on or any problem that your first baby had. If your doctor knows about your medical history in detail, he/she can manage the second pregnancy well.
How Can You Contribute Towards a Healthy Pregnancy?
Given below are certain thumb rules that you need to follow in order to have a healthy pregnancy. Yes, you would know these but just in case it’s been a while since you conceived for the first time, so here are things you must keep in mind:
- Avoid alcohol, drugs and smoking.
- Avoid caffeine and products with artificial colours.
- Get adequate sleep to prevent frequent exhaustion.
- Maintain a balanced and nutritious diet.
- Include dairy products, fruits and vegetables in high amounts.
- Consume prenatal multivitamins supplement. But make sure to consult a doctor prior to your consumption.
- Practice yoga in order to remain stress-free.
- Timely visits to your dentist also help as certain hormonal changes during this time can lead to weaker gums.
- Wear comfortable clothing as tight clothing can restrict movement for both the baby and you.
- Sunscreens are not only for teens and youngsters. During pregnancy your skin is more prone to sunburns so, make sure to apply sunscreens of 30SPF or higher whenever you step out in the sun.
- Talk to your baby to begin bonding right from the pregnancy itself.
- Feed your cravings and pamper yourself.
How Soon Can You Get Symptoms of Second Pregnancy?
Having experienced pregnancy already, mothers are already aware of a lot of what this phase entails. This is why most moms pick up on signs that they are pregnant again pretty easily. Moreover, as your body muscles have loosened and stretched, the symptoms show up sooner than your first time.
Prenatal Tests and Visit Schedule
Your prenatal tests and visits are dependent on whether you had any complications in your first pregnancy and if you have developed any medical conditions after your first baby.
It also depends on how many years have passed since you had your first baby. If it is a long gap, there may be some different screening options.
How to Have a Better Pregnancy Experience With the Second Child?
If you faced complications during your first pregnancy, then you might wish to make some changes to try and make your second pregnancy smoother. You should have a word with your gynaecologist who can guide you through the best possible ways to help you have a better experience with your second pregnancy.
For example, if you had constipation or haemorrhoid related problems the last time, you can begin by eating plenty of fibre and take a fibre supplement in the early stages of your pregnancy. Drinking water and exercising regularly can be practised as soon as you know that you have conceived and are pregnant again with your second child.
In case you had got a lot of stretch marks the last time you were pregnant, you may be more prone to them this time as well. You can thus watch your weight during the second pregnancy. This is possible by maintaining a healthy and active lifestyle and keeping a check on what you eat. A healthy diet ensures that your body and baby get the required nutrition and you do not gain unnecessary weight.
The second pregnancy is as exciting a time as your first one. This time around some of your pains may be more intense. On the brighter side, you are more equipped to handle it as you have been there, done that!
Also Read: Pregnant Again – What to Expect During Second Pregnancy
Deboshree BhattacharjeeSours: https://parenting.firstcry.com/articles/second-baby-pregnancy-know-the-signs-and-symptoms/
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During the first trimester, cramping often results from normal changes that occur during your baby’s development. Cramps can generally be described as pulling sensations on one or both sides of your abdomen. Although not considered a symptom for the detection of early pregnancy, it is a symptom that accompanies many pregnancies. In most cases, cramping is a normal part of pregnancy. However, there are some instances when cramping can be a concern.
What Causes Cramps During Pregnancy?
Cramping typically occurs when the uterus expands, causing the ligaments and muscles that support it to stretch. It may be more noticeable when you sneeze, cough, or change positions.
During the second trimester, a common cause of cramping is round ligament pain. The round ligament is a muscle that supports the uterus, and when it stretches, you may feel a sharp, stabbing pain, or a dull ache in your lower abdomen.
Cramping that is relatively minor and happens every now and then is probably nothing to be worried about. Some additional causes of normal cramping in pregnancy include:
What Should I Do For Cramps While Pregnant?
If you experience minor cramping during pregnancy, there are a couple of things you can do for prevention and self-care:
- Try to sit, lie down or change positions.
- Soak in a warm bath.
- Try doing relaxation exercises.
- Place a hot water bottle wrapped in a towel on the ache.
- Make sure you get plenty of fluids.
When Should I Be Concerned About Cramping During Pregnancy?
While cramping can be common, there are some serious causes of abdominal pain during pregnancy:
- Ectopic pregnancy – This type of pregnancy happens when the fertilized egg implants outside of the uterus. Ectopic pregnancies can cause painful cramping and is a serious medical condition that must be treated by your doctor.
- Miscarriage – Vaginal spotting accompanied by mild or sharp cramping can be a sign of a miscarriage, although some pregnant women who have spotting and cramping can go on to have healthy pregnancies. If you have severe cramping and/or heavy bleeding, contact your doctor immediately.
- Preeclampsia -This is characterized by high blood pressure along with protein in your urine. Severe preeclampsia can cause intense pain in your upper abdomen.
- Preterm labor – Increased pressure, abdominal pain, and cramping can be a sign of preterm labor if your cervix begins to dilate before 37 weeks.
- Urinary tract infections – Lower abdominal pain and painful urination may be symptoms of a urinary tract infection.
- Placental abruption – This occurs when the placenta separates from the uterus before the baby is born. This is a life-threatening condition and can be signaled by a painful cramp that does not go away. If this happens, you should contact your healthcare provider immediately.
When Should I Call the Doctor?
If you experience the following types of cramping, you should contact your doctor right away:
- Severe pain that does not go away
- Lower abdominal pain, accompanied by contractions
- Vaginal cramping, bleeding, discharge, gastrointestinal symptoms, and dizziness
- Cramping, along with pain in the shoulder and/or neck
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Pregnancy 5 second weeks cramping
At 5 weeks pregnant, you might have missed your period and suspect you could be pregnant.
You might have already done a home pregnancy test.
Sometimes the line on a pregnancy test can be quite faint. This might make you worry about whether you’re actually pregnant or not.
If you need to squint to see the line, be sure to read Faint Line On A Pregnancy Test – What Does It Mean? for more information.
Even this early some women can have a positive pregnancy test.
Each woman is different, but seek the guidance of your healthcare provider if you’re concerned.
Week 5 is a really exciting time as you start your pregnancy journey.
You’ve probably already worked out what your due date is. To do this you count 40 weeks from the first day of your last period.
Alternatively, subtract three months from the first day of your last period, then add seven days.
Otherwise, you can check out BellyBelly’s due date calculator.
Remember, a due date is a rough guess of when your little one will be born, not the exact date.
Week 5 is a good time to start thinking about the time of year you’ll be heavily pregnant and whether you’ll need to make adjustments to your work or future plans.
How many months is 5 weeks pregnant?
Week 5 is the first week after your last menstrual period. Even though you’ve only just missed your period, you’re already just over one month pregnant.
Remember, we count pregnancy as starting from the first day of your last menstrual period.
The length of your entire pregnancy is based on counting 40 weeks from your last menstrual period.
So much is already happening inside.
Week 5 baby registry
It’s early days but it doesn’t hurt to start researching and thinking about things you might need as you prepare for your little one.
Some moms-to-be look forward to creating a baby registry to refer family and friends to when they’re asked about gifts or items they need.
But if a baby registry isn’t your thing, make a pregnancy checklist of what you might need once your baby arrives, and keep it handy.
Emotions when you’re 5 weeks pregnant
It’s normal to feel different emotions when you find out you’re pregnant.
You might feel a blend of emotions all at the same time.
You might be elated because it happened more quickly than hoped, or you might feel anxious about how you’ll cope as a parent.
How you and your partner react to the news is also very individual.
It might take time for the initial shock to wear off.
You or your partner might feel overwhelmed, lost or anxious.
Enlist the support of a trusted friend or family member, or seek help from your doctor, counselor, or a support service that deals with pregnancy crisis.
Folate during early pregnancy
One of the first things you can do (even if you’ve not yet had your first prenatal visit) is give your baby the nutrients essential for healthy development.
At this stage of pregnancy, folate is very important, to prevent birth defects such as spina bifida (neural tube defect or NTD). This happens when the baby’s spinal cord doesn’t develop properly and causes a gap in the spine.
Pregnant women are recommended to take prenatal vitamins with folic acid in them. This can be a problem if your body can’t convert synthetic folic acid into a useable form. If so, you should take folinic acid.
You can read more in our article Folate – Why It’s So Important Before And During Pregnancy.
5 weeks pregnant – foods to avoid
Now you’re pregnant, it’s important to familiarize yourself with the dietary recommendations for pregnancy.
In your first trimester, your baby’s development is rapid. Unborn babies at this stage are laying the foundations for their future human development. All of their major organs are developing and the first 12 weeks are critical for building a healthy nervous system.
It is essential, therefore, to be mindful about what you eat in the early stages of your pregnancy.
The US Food and Drug Administration (USFD) and health organizations around the world advise against foods that carry a risk of food-borne illnesses, such as salmonella, listeriosis, and toxoplasmosis.
Here’s a quick rundown of what to avoid to reduce the chances:
- Wash all fruits and vegetables thoroughly; some fresh produce contains soil, which can make you poorly
- If you eat meat, make sure it is cooked well; raw or undercooked meat can lead to toxoplasmosis, which can increase your risk of miscarriage
- Avoid unpasteurized dairy; the pasteurization process helps kill bacteria, such as listeria. Listeria can also lead to a slightly increased risk of miscarriage and stillbirth or can make your baby quite unwell. It’s best to avoid stinky, blue vein, or mold-ripened cheeses.
You might like to read What To Avoid During The First Trimester for more information.
5 weeks pregnant symptoms
At 5 weeks, there are increased levels of a pregnancy hormone called human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG), which is the hormone detected when you have a positive result on your pregnancy test.
This hormone is produced by the developing baby and stimulates the corpus luteum to produce hormones essential to a continuing pregnancy. Your hCG levels will continue to rise until about 10-12 weeks.
During week 5, your levels of progesterone have also increased. This hormone stimulates blood vessel growth and gives you that ‘glow’ pregnant women are famous for.
The surge of pregnancy hormones is responsible for any breast tenderness or sore nipples you might feel.
Tender breasts and sore nipples are common early pregnancy symptoms, and can range from a tingling or throbbing sensation to actual pain when touched. This is often due to the increased blood flow.
Rapid breast tissue growth can also make your skin itchy and cause stretch marks later in pregnancy.
Other early signs you might notice at 5 weeks are:
- Food cravings
- Frequent urination
- Morning sickness
- Fatigue – not just tiredness but an intense need to nap wherever you are
- Mood swings
- Weight gain.
5 weeks pregnant – no symptoms
Just because you don’t experience the telltale common symptoms every day at 5 weeks doesn’t mean there’s anything wrong.
This is totally normal. Every woman’s body responds differently to the hormonal changes of pregnancy.
Some women have morning sickness from week 5 (best not tell them you’re symptom-free) and others might have one or two signs, such as mood swings and tiredness.
5 weeks pregnant morning sickness
If you’re at week five and already experiencing morning sickness every day it could come as quite a shock.
You might like to check out When Does Morning Sickness Start?
Nausea can be felt at any time during the day. Many women vomit, particularly in the morning (hence the name morning sickness).
Stay hydrated, and avoid spicy or greasy food that triggers nausea.
Eat small, frequent meals to keep your blood sugar levels stable. A tip at five weeks pregnant is to have something dry to nibble on first thing in the morning, to stem the urge to vomit.
Check out Morning Sickness – 10 Best Morning Sickness Remedies for more tips.
If you experience morning sickness or food aversions at five weeks, it can affect weight gain. Being unable to eat due to nausea and vomiting can prevent healthy weight gain.
Seek professional medical advice if your nausea is severe.
5 weeks pregnant cramping
Experiencing menstrual-like cramps during the first trimester of pregnancy can be worrying.
If you’re 5 weeks pregnant, mild cramping at this stage is quite normal.
What causes cramping during pregnancy, specifically when you’re 5 weeks pregnant?
Pregnancy is a time of radical transformation within your body. Your uterus is already expanding to accommodate and grow a baby.
At 5 weeks pregnant, cramping is most often associated with the expansion of the uterus.
Prior to missing a period, some women notice cramping that’s due to implantation.
Cramping without vaginal bleeding is usually not a concern. Contact your healthcare provider if you have any of the following:
- Severe pain
- Cramping and bleeding (menstrual-like flow)
- Localized pain.
Be sure to read Early Pregnancy Cramps | 9 Important FAQs for more information.
5 weeks pregnant bleeding
It’s unnerving to see any bleeding during pregnancy. Early miscarriages are more common than often discussed, and every woman’s worst fear is to see brown discharge or bleeding in early pregnancy.
If you experience bleeding at 5 weeks pregnant it might be because you had an internal examination at the doctor, or it could happen after sex.
It’s also possible it could be an ectopic pregnancy, which happens when the fertilised egg has implanted outside of the uterus. Often an ectopic pregnancy will have stop-start bleeding associated with shoulder pain.
Check out Is Bleeding In Early Pregnancy Normal? for more information. Always speak to your healthcare provider if you have any concerns.
5 weeks pregnant – spotting when I wipe
Spotting during early pregnancy isn’t uncommon but it can be stressful to see small amounts of blood after you wipe.
Rest assured, research shows spotting and light episodes of bleeding during pregnancy are less likely to end in a miscarriage than heavy bleeding.
There are a number of reasons why it might happen; for example, it might be implantation bleeding. You can read more about this in Implantation Bleeding – Everything You Need To Know.
5 weeks pregnant discharge
Increased discharge during pregnancy is really normal, as long as it’s thin, white or milky in color, and has no odor.
If you experience discharge that is green or yellow, or has a strong odor, as well as any itching or redness, see your healthcare provider as soon as possible.
Want to know more? Read Discharge During Pregnancy – What You Need To Know for more information.
5 weeks pregnant diarrhea
Most women experience some digestive changes during any pregnancy week. Constipation is quite common but the opposite is also true.
Diarrhea, or loose bowel movements, is usually a sign your digestive system is adjusting to pregnancy hormones.
Stay hydrated and be mindful of what you eat; this will ease any discomfort if you experience diarrhea during pregnancy.
Is Diarrhea A Sign Of Early Pregnancy? has more information. As always, stay in touch with your healthcare provider if you have any concerns.
Do you own a cat? While you’re pregnant, avoid cleaning the litter box. This is a great ‘get out of jail free’ card when you’re pregnant.
In some cats’ faeces, there’s a parasite that causes toxoplasmosis, which can lead to serious health problems for your baby.
The good news is you don’t need to get rid of your cat. Your partner can be assigned to kitty litter duty from this pregnancy week onwards.
Can I feel my baby at 5 weeks pregnant?
As a mom-to-be, you might be wondering whether it’s possible to feel your baby at 5 weeks pregnant.
Your little embryo is growing rapidly but is still very tiny. Consequently, you won’t feel movement for many weeks.
However, women who’ve been pregnant before might feel a heaviness or fullness in their bellies in the first trimester.
5 weeks pregnant belly
As early as week 5, many mothers feel the urge to urinate more frequently, as the uterus begins to grow in size and shape and put pressure on the bladder.
This can also be due to the increased blood volume circulating in the body, which makes your kidneys work a little bit harder. They expand to deal with this increased blood flow and also push on your bladder.
It’s not your baby crowding things in there just yet. That will happen later, in your second and third trimesters.
5 weeks pregnant ultrasound
Many women find out they’re five weeks pregnant and immediately book their first prenatal appointment.
Your doctor might organize for you to have blood tests (for iron and other nutrients) to determine your current health state, as well as a screening for health conditions.
Many women have an ultrasound scan in their first trimester. This first prenatal screening is called an early or ‘dating’ scan, to help determine when your due date is.
It can be exciting to see your baby, but early ultrasounds at 5 weeks pregnant aren’t necessary unless you have medical concerns.
Most ultrasounds at this early stage are done to determine whether the fertilized egg has settled in the right place.
The gestational sac, which is one of the first signs of pregnancy to be detected on ultrasound, might be visible.
The gestational sac is seen before a recognizable embryo can be detected. Usually, by 5 weeks pregnant, a yolk sac is also visible inside the gestational sac.
It’s also important to know a five weeks ultrasound is done with a trans-vaginal probe.
Abdominal ultrasound is much less accurate so early in pregnancy.
Your baby at 5 weeks pregnant
At 5 weeks pregnant, your baby is really taking shape.
All of your baby’s body systems are developing at a cracking pace and the major organs systems are underway.
Your baby’s circulatory system and nervous system have also started to develop.
Your baby’s tiny heart is the first organ to start functioning. At this time, your baby’s heart is divided into two chambers and has already begun beating.
The neural tube is closing and will protect your baby’s brain, spinal cord and spinal column.
The placenta and umbilical cord have developed and are helping to nourish your little one. They are responsible for pumping in nutrient-rich blood and oxygen and expelling waste. Pretty impressive!
How big is my baby at 5 weeks pregnant?
At five weeks pregnant, your baby is only 3 mm long – about the size of a sesame seed. At this stage of development, your baby will look like a tiny tadpole in its amniotic sac.
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7 things you need to know about your second pregnancy
When I found out I was pregnant with my second daughter, seasoned moms advised me that some symptoms would be different this time around. While things began much the same way for me—with prescription-worthy nausea—there were definitely some noticeable differences as my second pregnancy progressed. Some changes were for the better (shorter labour) and others were worse (stronger afterpains). I went to the experts for an explanation of how, and why, subsequent pregnancies can differ.
1. You show sooner in your second pregnancy
Because your uterus doesn’t quite shrink back to its original size after pregnancy, your body already has a head start. “Your uterus has done this before,” explains obstetrician Jillian Coolen, a mother of three in Halifax. “Your ligaments and muscles have stretched and your pregnancy will show earlier.” Coolen jokes that she once made a comment to one of her best friends, also a mother of three, about how fast she was showing with her second pregnancy. “She said, ‘Just wait ’til your third! You’re going to need maternity pants the day after you get a positive pregnancy test,’ and she was nearly right.”
2. You feel movement earlier
“You’re more bodily aware,” says Nicola Strydom, a registered midwife and mom of two in Calgary. “The first time you’re pregnant, you might think the movements are gas, but the second time, you recognize the flutters as the baby’s movement.”
3. You’re more tired
Sure, during this pregnancy you also have a small child to chase, in addition to the normal fatigue of pregnancy, but that’s not the only cause. “Women in their second pregnancies often forget to take the supplements that are recommended,” Strydom says. Prenatal vitamins can affect energy levels; your care provider may also prescribe iron supplements to boost energy.
4. You have more aches and pains
The body very quickly begins to relax its joints, leading to more body aches with the second baby than the first. The hormone relaxin (which typically increases in the first 14 weeks of pregnancy, then decreases to a plateau around 24 weeks), seems to be more effective during second pregnancies, reports Coolen. The baby may also lie lower in the abdomen, due to prior stretching, which can cause backaches, loose hips and round ligament pain. “I had a lot of sacroiliac [SI] joint pain and discomfort that started earlier in my second pregnancy,” says Coolen. “And I’ve definitely seen that in my patients as well. But it usually resolves itself right after the delivery.”
5. You feel more Braxton Hicks contractions in your second pregnancy
“Since you’ve felt an effective, real contraction before, your body recognizes those Braxton Hicks more,” says Strydom. “The first time, you might have just thought it was the baby moving.”
6. Your labour is shorter
“That’s a well-established medical fact,” confirms Coolen. “The uterus and cervix have been through this before, so all phases of labour, right through to pushing, are shorter for second-time moms.” One study shows that first-time moms average nine hours of active labour and an hour of pushing, while second-timers spend an average of six hours in active labour and half an hour pushing. (Now there’s something to look forward to!)
7. Your afterpains are worse
After your second baby, the uterus has less muscle tone than the first time, and is more aggressive at clamping down as quickly as possible to decrease your chances of bleeding. This results in stronger afterpains, the postpartum contractions that bring the uterus back down to size. (They may be most noticeable when breastfeeding, as nursing releases oxytocin, which can trigger the contractions.)
Experts agree that these symptoms continue to progress for subsequent pregnancies as well. As a perfectly content mom of two, I’ll just have to take their word for it.
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