Week 5 is a common time to find out that you are 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.
You’re starting to experience pregnancy related symptoms – sore breasts, fatigue, nausea, frequent urination, morning sickness, bloatedness and an increasing need to urinate. (Those same hormones are the ones your pregnancy test detected to give you a positive result.)
- Sore breasts Morning sickness gets all the attention, but aching boobs 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 so your blood sugar doesn’t drop so much that you lose even more of your (already scarce) energy.
- Frequent urination You might notice yourself having the urge to pee more often early in pregnancy. This symptom at 5 weeks pregnant is 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 women 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! Remember, 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 … 🙂
Development of Baby
Your embryo is now measurable—though at week five of pregnancy, your baby is about 0.12 inches long and resembles a tadpole at this stage.
Major organs are starting to develop, including the heart, liver, kidneys, lungs and brain. Externally, little buds have developed that will become your baby’s arms and legs.
In the next week, he or she will almost double in size.
At this stage it will not be noticeable that you are pregnant, even though there are dramatic changes taking place within your body.