5 Weeks Pregnant | Pregnancy Week By Week
5 WEEKS PREGNANT
Congratulations! You’re five weeks pregnant.
You might have found out you were pregnant last week, or maybe you’re just now noticing some pregnancy symptoms and decided to test. Either way, you have a baby on board! Better buckle up because these next eight months are going to be a rollercoaster ride of emotions and body changes you’ll never forget!
Yes, you heard (or read?) that right! You have just eight more months to go in your pregnancy. That first month flew by while you didn’t even know you were pregnant yet! This is because you weren’t actually pregnant for that whole first month. Doctors count the start of pregnancy from the first day of your last menstrual period, but you don’t conceive until about two weeks after that!
Right now, at five weeks pregnant, your baby is about the size of an apple seed. It’s so tiny! From head to butt, the baby measures approximately 0.13 inches. He or she will grow quickly (like a weed!) and by next week baby will have almost doubled in size.
Weeks five and six are the most common weeks that women find out they’re pregnant. This is because many women don’t realize they’ve missed their periods until a week or more past when it was due, and because the pregnancy symptoms begin to hit around this time.
PREGNANCY SYMPTOMS WEEK 5
Oh, the joys of pregnancy – nausea, vomiting, heartburn, peeing every five minutes. What’s not to love about it? The fact is that even though women go through so much during pregnancy, the end result is completely worth every single uncomfortable minute – even when you’re hugging the toilet bowl for the fourth time since you rolled out of bed…and it’s only noon.
In the fifth week of pregnancy, here are some symptoms you can look forward to experiencing.
- Morning sickness. Morning sickness, which doesn’t just occur in the morning, is a symptom that many women struggle to get through. If you’re lucky, you’ll just have bouts of nausea periodically throughout the day. If you’re not so lucky, you’ll throw up and feel queasy all day. Thankfully, morning sickness usually lets up after the first trimester, unless you’re super unlucky and you have it for the duration of your pregnancy (this is rare, but it does happen!).
- Sore and enlarged boobs. One of the first symptoms many women experience is sore boobs. And they will be sore. You may also notice a change in the size of your breasts – or rather, your partner will likely notice that your breasts have gotten bigger… Men.
- Frequent urination. Suddenly find yourself running to the bathroom every five minutes to pee? Yeah. Fun, isn’t it? At five weeks pregnant, the urge to pee more often is due to your kidneys expanding. Later in your pregnancy, you’ll be able to thank your sweet baby for bouncing around on your bladder.
- Fatigue. You will be completely zapped of energy. Growing a baby takes a lot out of you! Rest whenever you can and be sure to get plenty of sleep at night.
- Cramping. At five weeks pregnant, you may notice some minor cramping. It’s normal to cramp a little bit during early pregnancy. This could be due to the baby implanting in your uterus, or it might also be because your uterus is growing, and your ligaments are stretching.
- Spotting. A little spotting is normal this early in your pregnancy, especially after sex. The cervix is very sensitive right now, so sex may irritate it and cause you to spot a little bit. Don’t freak out. It’s normal. However, if you have heavier bleeding, schedule an appointment with your OB to rule out any issues.
5 WEEK BABY BUMP
In the fifth week of pregnancy, it’s still too soon to have a prominent pregnant belly. Sorry! You still have a few weeks to go before your baby bump starts showing.
Now is a good time to start weekly progression pictures, though. Many women will take a picture each week that shows their belly quite clearly so they can see the change in their belly from week to week. Mark each picture with the date and the week of pregnancy you’re in so you can keep track of the changes. These pictures will be a great keepsake to look back on later!
At this point, you probably will not have gained much weight. In fact, if you’re suffering from morning sickness and haven’t felt like eating (or have thrown up everything you’ve tried to eat) you may have actually lost weight. It’s not a big deal this early in pregnancy to have lost a little bit of weight, but if you’re worried, make sure you bring up your concerns with your weight at your OB appointment. Some women will drink a nutritional supplement shake in addition to taking their prenatal vitamin each day to ensure they’re getting the necessary nutrients that both they and their baby needs to stay healthy.
5 WEEKS PREGNANT ULTRASOUND
You probably won’t have an ultrasound this week as it’s too early to see a whole lot. However, your baby (still an embryo at this point) is growing rapidly. It looks more like a tadpole right now than a baby, but its organs and circulatory system are already developing.
By the time you do have your first ultrasound, your baby may resemble something closer to, well, a baby! Keep that in mind as your disappointment sets in that you won’t have an ultrasound this week.
WHAT SHOULD I BE DOING AT 5 WEEKS PREGNANT?
At five weeks pregnant, your emotions will probably be up and down, your body will start changing, and you may feel like death warmed over from time to time between the morning sickness and the fatigue. Here are a few things you should be doing this week to help you have a healthy pregnancy.
- Take your prenatal vitamins. This is an important thing you should be doing every single day. If you happen to forget to take it one day, don’t beat yourself up, but maybe set a reminder on your phone to ensure you don’t forget to take it again. Your baby needs to those nutrients to grow healthy!
- Rest, rest, rest. You’re going to be tired, like all the time. If you’re going, going, going all day without stopping, you’re going to burn yourself out and make yourself sick. Don’t ignore the signals your body is giving you. When you get tired, rest! And make sure you’re getting plenty of sleep at night, too.
- Schedule an appointment with your OB. If you haven’t already, schedule your appointment to see your doctor. It’ll likely be a few more weeks before they can get you in, but the longer you wait, the longer it’ll be before you’re getting the necessary care you need to monitor your pregnancy and your baby’s growth.
- Sam C's Editorial Team