At 5 weeks pregnant you’re now likely to suspect, or know, you’re pregnant.
You might have done a home pregnancy test.
Sometimes the line on the pregnancy test is quite faint.
This could cause you to worry about whether or not you’re actually pregnant.
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.
5 Weeks Pregnant
This is a really exciting time as you start your pregnancy journey.
You’ve probably already worked out what week your baby is due.
Otherwise, check out BellyBelly’s due date calculator.
Emotions when you’re 5 weeks pregnant
It’s normal to feel a variety of emotions when you first find out you’re pregnant.
You might be elated because it happened more quickly than you thought.
Or you might feel worried about the future, and whether you’ll cope as a parent.
It can be a massive adjustment, as you come to terms with the news that you’re pregnant.
How you and your partner react to the news you are expecting is very individual.
It might take some time for the initial shock to wear off.
You or your partner might even feel overwhelmed, lost and anxious.
Enlist the support a trusted friend or family member.
Or you could seek help from your doctor, a counsellor or a support service that deals with pregnancy crisis.
5 weeks pregnant symptoms
This week of pregnancy is the first week after you’re missed a menstrual period.
At 5 weeks pregnant, pregnancy hormone levels begin to increase.
Your levels of progesterone have gone up. This stimulates blood vessel growth in the uterus, which results in a healthy placenta.
This extra blood vessel growth also happens in other parts of the body, and gives you that ‘glow’ pregnant woman are famous for.
There’s likely to be some tenderness in your breasts and nipples.
Other signs of early pregnancy you might notice at 5 weeks are:
- Food cravings
- Frequent urination
- Fatigue – not just tiredness but an intense need to nap wherever you are
- Mood swings.
5 weeks pregnant no symptoms
Just because you don’t experience early pregnancy symptoms at 5 weeks doesn’t mean there’s anything wrong!
This is completely normal as every woman’s body responds to pregnancy hormones differently.
Some women are puking early on (best not tell them you’re symptom free!) and others might have one of two signs.
5 weeks pregnant cramping
Some women have regular menstrual cramps, either in the pelvis or as a constant, low backache.
Experiencing the same sensations during pregnancy can be a bit worrying. It might lead you to be concerned about miscarriage.
If you’re 5 weeks pregnant and cramping, rest assured, mild cramping at this stage is quite normal.
What causes cramping during early pregnancy, specifically when you’re 5 weeks pregnant?
Pregnancy is a time of radical transformation within your body – even in the early weeks. Your uterus is preparing to hold a growing baby, and is starting to expand.
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 bleeding is usually not a concern. Contact your care provider if you have any of the following:
- Severe pain
- Bleeding and cramping (menstrual-like flow)
- Localised pain.
If you have any concerns about cramping or bleeding, always see your care provider as soon as possible.
5 weeks pregnant belly
You might be wondering whether it’s possible to feel your baby at 5 weeks pregnant.
Your baby 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 fact, as early as 4 to 5 weeks pregnant, 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 in blood, 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 when you’re pregnant. 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. Check out Is Bleeding In Early Pregnancy Normal? for more information. And always speak to your care 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 early 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. This sometimes shows as light spotting just before or around the time your period is due. 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 care provider as soon as possible as it’s likely you have a vaginal infection. Want to know more? Read Discharge During Pregnancy – What You Need To Know for more information.
Diarrhea and 5 weeks pregnant
Most women can expect to experience some digestive changes when they’re pregnant. Constipation is quite common but the opposite is also true.
Diarrhea or loose bowel movements is a sign your digestive system is adjusting to pregnancy hormones. However it’s important to make sure it’s simply pregnancy related and nothing else.
Staying hydrated and being mindful of what you’re eating can help 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 care provider if you have any concerns.
Do you own a cat? Do you keep its litter box in the house?
While you’re pregnant it’s best to 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. The other good news? Your partner can be assigned to kitty litter duty.
5 weeks pregnant ultrasound
Many women find out they’re pregnant and are referred by their doctor to have an ultrasound scan. This is called an early or ‘dating’ scan.
It can be exciting to see your tiny baby on the screen 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 this ultrasound is not abdominal; it 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 development is happening at a cracking pace.
In the centre is a tiny bud, which will develop into organs, bone and muscle.
Your baby’s heart is the first organ to start functioning. It has divided into two chambers and begun beating.
Your baby’s brain, circulatory system and thyroid gland have also started to develop.
The neural tube is closing and will protect the developing brain and spinal cord.
Folate is very important at this time, to prevent neural cord defects. 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.
The placenta and umbilical cord have developed and are helping to nourish your new baby.
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, which is about the size of a sesame seed.
Here are some articles that might be helpful if you are 5 weeks pregnant:
A: If you want to avoid getting a pregnancy test faint line result, you need to make sure you take your pregnancy test after missing your period, not before. Testing first thing in the morning can also help you to see a darker result line on the test.
A: The sex positions that are recommended to get a boy baby are doggy style, standing up, and straddling. In these positions, deep penetration is possible, allowing the faster, male sperm to be closer to the cervix.
A: Babies usually start talking by the time they reach 14 months of age, but it can be as soon as 11 months of age. The words they first say are often ‘mama’ and ‘dada,’ but it could be another word they hear often enough.
A: There are many health benefits pregnant women can enjoy drinking tea. During pregnancy, however, safe herbal teas are the best option. Green tea, black tea and other teas containing caffeine are best to be avoided at this time.