5 Weeks Pregnant – What To Expect

55 Weeks Pregnant - What To Expect

At 5 weeks pregnant you’re likely to suspect you’re pregnant.

You might’ve done a home pregnancy test.

Or perhaps you’ve seen your doctor and received the news you’re pregnant.


5 Weeks Pregnant – What To Expect

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 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 quicker than you thought.

Or you might feel worried about the future and coping as a parent.

Remember, not every pregnancy is planned.

It can be a massive adjustment coming to terms with the news that you are pregnant.

Therefore how you and your partner react to the news you are expecting is very individual.

It may take some time for the initial shock to wear off and for you to work through your feelings.

If the news you are pregnant wasn’t expected, it’s important to remember emotions can be high.

You might feel overwhelmed, lost and anxious.

This can be a challenge when pregnancy hormones begin to surface. Suddenly you’re also trying to deal with pregnancy symptoms such as mood swings and tiredness.

Decisions are best made when you’ve had time to process the information and are in a more rational headspace.

Your partner could be concerned and scared as well. While this may bring you closer together as you work through your future plans, it can cause tension and disagreements.

If your partner is not coping with the idea of being a parent, communication might be a challenge.

However it’s essential to keep things calm and non-confrontational.

You can work out a list of pros and cons together. Enlist the support a trusted friend or family member. Or even seek help from your doctor, a counsellor or support service dealing with pregnancy crisis.

5 Weeks Pregnant – Your Body

This week of pregnancy is the first week after your missed menstrual period.

You might be wonder what to expect at 5 weeks pregnant.

Don’t be alarmed if you notice a little blood around this time.

This is known as implantation bleeding.

Implantation bleeding occurs when the tiny fertilised egg (blastocyst) burrows into the uterine lining.

As a result, sometimes a little blood comes away, which may appear to be a light period or spotting.

Always report any blood loss to your health carer, but bear in mind this can happen to a third of women.

At 5 weeks pregnant, pregnancy hormone levels increase.

Your levels of progesterone have gone up. This stimulates blood vessel growth in the uterus for a healthy placenta.

This extra blood vessel growth happens all over the body too, giving you that glow pregnant woman are famous for.

There’s likely to be tenderness in your breasts and nipples .

Other signs of pregnancy you may notice at 5 weeks are:

  • Food cravings
  • Frequent urination
  • Fatigue – not just tiredness but an intense need to nap wherever you are
  • Mood swings.

You might not experience any or all of these symptoms of early pregnancy now. These can start at different times for each woman.

Is It Normal To Have Cramps At 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.

You might be wondering if it’s possible to feel your baby at 5 weeks pregnant.

Your baby’s growing rapidly but is still very tiny. You won’t feel movement however women who have been pregnant before may feel a heaviness or fullness in their belly.

Some women have regular menstrual cramps, so experiencing the same sensation during pregnancy can be a bit concerning.

You might feel the sensation and expect a period-like flow to begin.

Thus leading you to worry about miscarriage.

Prior to missing a period, some women notice cramping from implantation.

At 5 weeks pregnant, cramping is associated with the uterus expanding.

While there’s not a lot of uterine growth quite yet, these small changes can cause cramping.

In fact, as early as 4 to 5 weeks pregnant, many mothers feel the urge to urinate more frequently.

This is due to your increasing blood volume, which makes your kidneys work a bit harder.

They expand to deal with this increase in blood, which in turn pushes on your bladder.

Cramping without bleeding is usually not a concern. Contact your care provider if you have any of the following:

  • Severe pain
  • Cramping with bleeding (menstrual like flow)
  • Localised pain

Always see your care provider as soon as possible if you have any concerns.

5 Weeks Pregnant – Your Baby

At 5 weeks pregnant, your baby’s development is happening at a cracking pace!

Week by week you will start to notice your body changing with your growing baby.

At 5 weeks pregnant, your baby looks like a tadpole.

In the centre is a tiny bud, which will develop into organs, bone and muscle!

Your baby’s heart is the first organ to begin functioning. It has divided into two chambers and begun beating.

Your baby’s brain, circulatory system and thyroid gland have started to develop.

The neural tube is closing and will protect the developing brain and spinal cord.

Remember folate is 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. You can read more in Folate – Why It’s So Important Before And During Pregnancy.

The placenta and umbilical cord have developed and is 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.

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Last Updated: October 29, 2018


Kelly Winder is the creator of BellyBelly.com.au, a writer, doula (trained in 2005), and a mother of three awesome children. She's passionate about informing and educating fellow thinking parents and parents-to-be, especially about all the things she wishes she knew before she had her firstborn. Kelly is also passionate about travel, tea, travel, and animal rights and welfare. And travel.

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