Yippee! Congratulations on joining the elite pregnancy club! The 5th week of pregnancy is the time where most moms-to-be actually find out that they are pregnant. At 5 weeks pregnant, there are no doubts, no second guesses, and no buts. You are actually pregnant! Your hormone levels are heightened and at this point, it’s incredibly difficult to ignore all the pregnancy symptoms you are dealing with.
You’ve just started the second month of pregnancy. The symptoms right now are nothing to write home about. In fact, it’s correct to say that you are not really enjoying being in the pregnancy club at this moment. The good news is that all these are temporary and in just a little over 7 months, it will all be over! You won’t even remember the nausea or the fact that you were moody all the time when you finally hold the bundle of joy in your hands.
Curious about the size of your baby at week 5? Believe it or not, the embryo is now the size of an apple seed and measures about 0.13 inches from head to toe. This week it will undergo immense growth. In fact, by the time you are in the 6th week, your embryo will be double the size it is now
Your baby is now beginning to develop essential organs. Neural tubes which will eventually become the brain and spinal column continue to develop. Placenta and the umbilical cord which are instrumental in channeling the essential nutrients from you to the baby are now beginning to develop. The baby’s heart is also beginning to develop and by the 6th week, it’s possible to detect heartbeats.
Your Body at 6 Weeks Pregnant
If you’ve been trying to conceive for a long time, you are probably ecstatic and over the moon by the news of your pregnancy. Your body is also undergoing changes in order to accommodate the life you are carrying in your tummy. At this point in time, the common pregnancy symptoms at week 5 include:
- Morning sickness
This bad ass boy that gives most pregnant women a nightmare is incorrectly named. From the name, you will be forgiven to think that it only occurs in the morning. Morning sickness actually occurs at any time of the day and I tend to think that it should be renamed to “All-day sickness”. My opinion folks! To remedy the morning sickness, try to space out your meals in small quantities throughout the day.
- Sore breasts
When talking of symptoms at week 5, most women seem to whine about morning sickness the most. It’s like it gets all the attention. However, sore breasts can be a nightmare too. Your breasts become a little sensitive and in some cases ache. To remedy this, consider wearing a supportive and comfortable bra.
- Frequent urination
Your bladder is getting filled up really fast. You find yourself visiting the bathroom quite a number of times in an hour which can be quite inconveniencing especially if you are on the move. The urge to pee every now and then is informed by the fact that your kidneys are actually expanding to serve both you and the baby.
Vaginal bleeding could set you into a panic mode at week 5. Some women get worried sick that they could have miscarried. A little blood on your underwear could be an indication that implantation just took place. This is quite normal and should not be cause for alarm. However, if the bleeding is intense and a little more than spotting, it is advisable to consult your doctor. It could be an indication of something serious.
In the 5th week of pregnancy you could have noticed the need to sleep at any time of the day. You are in the middle of a boardroom meeting but can help the urge to nap. Exhaustion has become the order of the day. This is very normal as your body is zapped from making your baby. Just ensure that you have adequate rest and engage in light exercises to boost your energy.
Feeling mild cramps at week 5? Worry not. This could be a sign that the implantation process was successful or consequently, that your uterus is expanding for the purposes of accommodating your baby.
You are on your 5th week of pregnancy and probably wondering, “But I didn’t have these symptoms at week 5!” That’s very okay. The symptoms aforementioned are not universal. In other words, some moms-to-be experience just a few of them or no symptoms at all!
It simply means you are among the lucky few. You should be thanking your lucky stars! You are perfectly okay. Just because you did not experience some of these symptoms does not mean there is something wrong with you.
5 Weeks Pregnant Ultrasound
At 5 weeks, your embryo very much looks like a tadpole. He or she has however started forming major important organs such as the kidneys, the heart, the liver, and the stomach. He or she has also started forming nervous, digestive, and circulatory systems.
There is no need to have an ultrasound at week 5 unless you have a medical history that essentially makes you susceptible to pregnancy complications. If you’ve had some sort of complications in the past, you are advised to go for an ultrasound as early as possible. Otherwise, sit back, relax, and enjoy your pregnancy until week 8 or 9 for your first prenatal visit!
Your pregnancy checklist at week 5
- If you haven’t started already, it is time to establish healthy eating habits. Eat meals rich in nutrients or rather foods that help nourish your baby with important nutrients
- Start taking prenatal vitamins
- If you are the kind that loves to keep records of your pregnancy journey, this is the time to put down your thoughts on a diary or pregnancy journal.
- Start thinking about finances. Your baby will be here before you know it. Start saving early for your baby.
- Quit any bad habits you have such as smoking and taking copious amounts of alcohol.
- Manage your anxiety. It’s okay to be anxious or have some sort of concerns. However, don’t let this become a major issue
- Read materials about pregnancy and familiarize yourself with the dos and don’ts
To sum it up, congratulations for making it this far! You are now in your second month of pregnancy. In about 8 months, you will welcome your bundle of joy into the world. Everything you do from here onwards will have an impact on your baby. Eat right, take good care of yourself, and take it one week at a time!