At 5 weeks pregnant, you’re now likely to suspect you’re pregnant.
You might have done a home pregnancy test. Sometimes the line on pregnancy tests 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 have a very 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.
Or subtract three months from the first day of your last period, then add seven days.
Otherwise, 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 will be heavily pregnant and if you will need to make adjustments to your work or future plans.
Week 5 baby registry
It’s early days but it doesn’t hurt to start researching things you might need.
Some mamas-to-be look forward to creating a baby registry to refer family and friends when asked about gifts or needed items.
If a baby registry isn’t your thing at five weeks, make a list of what you might need and keep it handy.
What to expect when you’re 5 weeks pregnant
To help you find what you want to read the most, here’s a summary of what you can expect when you’re 5 weeks pregnant:
- Emotions when you’re 5 weeks pregnant
- 5 weeks pregnant symptoms
- 5 weeks pregnant no symptoms
- 5 weeks pregnant cramping
- 5 weeks pregnant belly
- Bleeding at 5 weeks pregnant
- 5 weeks pregnant spotting when I wipe
- 5 weeks pregnant discharge
- Diarrhea and 5 weeks pregnant
- 5 weeks pregnant ultrasound
- Your baby at 5 weeks pregnant
Emotions when you’re 5 weeks pregnant
It’s normal to feel different emotions when you find out you are five weeks pregnant.
You might be elated it happened more quickly than hoped.
Or you might feel worried about how you’ll cope as a parent.
How you and your partner react to the news is very individual.
It might take time for the initial shock to wear off.
You or your partner might feel overwhelmed, lost and anxious.
Enlist the support of a trusted friend or family member.
Or seek help from your doctor, counsellor or support service that deals with pregnancy crisis.
5 weeks pregnant symptoms
Week 5 of pregnancy is the first week after you’re missed a menstrual period.
At 5 weeks pregnant, pregnancy hormone levels increase, including human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG).
This hormone is produced by the developing baby, and stimulates the corpus luteum to produce hormones essential to a continuing pregnancy. hcG levels will continue to rise until about 10-12 weeks.
During week 5, your levels of progesterone have increased. This stimulates blood vessel growth and gives you that ‘glow’ pregnant women are famous for.
The surge of hormones is responsible for any breast tenderness or sore nipples you feel.
Tender breasts are a common early sign of pregnancy and can range from a tingling sensation to actual pain when touched. This is often due to increased blood flow. Rapid breast tissue growth can make your skin itchy and cause stretch marks later in pregnancy.
Other pregnancy symptoms 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 pregnancy symptoms every day at 5 weeks doesn’t mean there’s anything wrong!
This is completely normal as every woman’s body responds to the change in pregnancy hormone levels differently.
Some women have morning sickness from week 5 (best not tell them you’re symptom free!) and others might have one or two signs like mood swings and tiredness.
5 weeks pregnant morning sickness
If you’re at week five and already experiencing morning sickness every day it might be quite a shock. Nausea can be felt any time during the day. Many women vomit particularly in the morning (hence the name morning sickness).
Keep 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 have something dry to nibble first thing to stem the urge to vomit.
If you experience morning sickness or food aversions at five weeks, it can impact weight gain. Being unable to eat due to nausea and vomiting can affect healthy weight gain. Seek the guidance of your healthcare provider 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 and cramping, 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 grow a baby.
Prior to missing a period, some women notice cramping from implantation.
But at 5 weeks pregnant, cramping is most often associated with the expansion of the uterus.
Cramping without vaginal bleeding is usually not a concern. Contact your healthcare provider if you have any of the following:
- Severe pain
- Bleeding and cramping (menstrual-like flow)
- Localised pain.
5 weeks pregnant belly
You might be wondering whether it’s possible to feel your baby at 5 weeks pregnant.
Your little one 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.
As early as week 5, many mothers feel the urge to urinate more frequently.
This is due to increased blood volume, which makes your kidneys work a bit harder.
They expand to deal with this increase blood flow, and push on your bladder.
So it’s not your baby crowding things in there just yet. That will happen later.
Bleeding at 5 weeks pregnant
It’s unnerving to see any bleeding during pregnancy. Early miscarriages are more common than often discussed and it’s every woman’s worst fear when they see brown discharge at 5 weeks pregnant.
If you experience bleeding at 5 weeks pregnant it may be due to having had an internal examination at the doctor or after sex.
It’s also possible to be an ectopic pregnancy, when the fertilised egg has implanted outside the uterus. Often an ectopic pregnancy will have stop-start bleeding with shoulder pain.
Check out Is Bleeding In Early Pregnancy Normal? for more information. And 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 miscarriage than heavy bleeding.
There are a number of reasons why it might happen, such as implantation bleeding. You can read more about this in Implantation Bleeding – Everything You Need To Know.
5 weeks pregnant discharge
Discharge during pregnancy is really normal, as long as it’s thin, white or milky in colour, and has no odour.
If you experience discharge that is green or yellow, has a strong odour, 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.
Diarrhea and 5 weeks pregnant
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 to ease any discomfort if you experience diarrhea during pregnancy.
Diarrhea During Pregnancy – What You Need To Know 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.
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.
5 weeks pregnant ultrasound
Many women find out they’re five weeks pregnant and immediately book a doctor visit.
Your doctor may organise for you to have blood tests to determine your current health state (such as iron and other nutrients) as well as 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 an ultrasound at 5 weeks pregnant isn’t necessary unless you have medical concerns.
Most ultrasounds done at this early stage are to determine if the fertilised egg has settled in the right place.
A 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 recognisable embryo can be detected. Usually, by 5 weeks pregnant a yolk sac is also visible inside the gestational sac.
However, it’s 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’s body systems are developing at a cracking pace and the major organ systems are underway.
Your baby’s heart is the first organ to start functioning. It has divided into two chambers and begun beating.
Your baby’s brain, nervous system and circulatory system have also started to develop.
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!
At five weeks pregnant your baby is only 3mm 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.
The neural tube is closing and will protect the developing brain and spinal cord.
Folate during early pregnancy
One of the first prenatal things you can do at five weeks is give your baby nutrients for essential growth and development. Folate is very important at this stage of pregnancy, to prevent birth defects such as spina bifida (neural tube defect). This happens when the baby’s spinal cord doesn’t develop probably and causes a gap in the spine.
Pregnant women are recommended to take prenatal supplements with folic acid in them. This can be a problem if you 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.
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