Pregnancy Week By Week

What to Expect in Week 5 of Your Pregnancy

Written by Stephanie McClane

Fifth Week of Pregnancy: Week by Week

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A five weeks pregnancy goes through numerous changes because of shifting hormones.Changes during these times are external as well as interval. It is a sigh of relief for an expectant mother after passing the first month and now her reaction is I am 5 weeks pregnant. It is advisable to schedule an appointment with a doctor at this time.

Symptoms & What to Expect at 5 Weeks Pregnant

If you are not able to find the symptoms of five weeks pregnancy just find out the below mentioned list. The following list are pregnancy symptoms at five weeks pregnant women:-

  • Vaginal bleeding – Some spotting is normal but in most cases 5 weeks pregnant and bleeding is a cause for concern. Heavy bleeding may result in a miscarriage
  • Cramping – If bleeding accompanies cramping at 5 weeks pregnant it is a sign of upcoming miscarriage
  • Fatigue – Numerous hormonal changes are mainly responsible for this tiredness and fatigue feelings.
  • Breast tenderness – 5 weeks pregnant symptoms include tender and swollen breasts. Skin around nipples become darker because of excessive blood flow as the body starts preparing for breastfeeding.
  • Frequency in urination – Cardiovascular changes as well as increased hormonal changes results in frequent passing of urine
  • Morning sickness – One of the most common pregnancy symptom is nausea and sometimes it is accompanied by bouts of vomiting
  • Abdominal cramps – When uterus starts stretching it can result in 5 weeks pregnant cramps but this are mild in nature and not harmful for a baby
  • Constipation- Digestive process becomes slower as a pregnant body requires increased time to absorb nutrients present inside the blood vessels. It often leads to constipation.
  • Excessive vaginal discharge – At five weeks vaginal discharge is white in color, thin and milky with a mild smell. It is a common occurrence but if it is accompanied by itching or redness, then it is a cause for concern
  • Heightened smelling sense
  • Feeling dizziness
  • Food cravings
  • Aversions to certain food items
  • Jitteriness
  • Excessive saliva
  • Extreme thirst
  • Cramps in legs and feet
  • Mild pain in joints

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What’s my Baby Look Like at Five Weeks

People generally ask what to expect at 5 weeks pregnant for a baby, but they are unaware of an important fact. At five weeks, a baby is ready to start most of its development and the rate of its growth process is simply astounding. Some important aspects are as follows-

  • At five weeks a baby is nearly one- two millimeter in length
  • Vital organs of a baby start growing at this time.
  • Embryonic tissues starts forming structure for a heart and soon the heart starts beating because it has its own blood vessels and circulation of blood has already started
  • Umbilical cord at five weeks is very short
  • Brain of a baby starts developing at a rapid rate.
  • Spinal cord emerge at this time and nervous system also starts developing

Ultrasound at Five Weeks

A medical practitioner usually recommends an ultrasound at five weeks to know about the actual condition of an unborn baby. 5 weeks pregnant, ultrasound shows the following findings-

  • It is easy to detect a baby and gestational sac at five weeks. This is possible with the help of trans vaginal ultrasound.
  • Measurement of baby and gestational sac is only five mm at this point and in a photocopy, it looks like a black colored spot inside uterus endometrium.
  • An ultrasound can easily pick up heartbeats of a baby at even five weeks

Belly Size At 5 Weeks Pregnant

At week five, the cell ball, which will eventually become your baby, looks like a tadpole. Size wise, it is some 0.04 oz in weight and 0.05″ in length, the same size as a peppercorn. Thus, it has no effect yet on belly size. During this time, the cells are busy creating the blood vessels, heart, spinal cord, and brain. If you were to have an ultrasound at this point, you would be able to see the gestational sac, which will eventually be replaced with amniotic fluid. You may also be able to see the yolk sac, which is there until the placenta develops. If you look very carefully, you might be able to see a tiny smudge that is the embryo itself.

Preparing For Your Baby In Regards To Health At Week 5

At week five of your pregnancy, you are likely to be aware of the fact that you have conceived. You will probably feel very tired and it is important that you get enough sleep, as this will also help boost your mood. Give yourself those important eight hours of sleep each night. You might feel that you need a lot more sleep, nodding off in the middle of a sentence, while watching TV, or when you are at work. This is due to your progesterone level soaring, your blood pressure dropping, your blood sugar level dropping, and your blood volume rising.

About the author

Stephanie McClane

Hi, I’m Stephanie. I graduated college with a business degree and a minor in biology. I met my husband at a business convention and was happily marriage and pregnant within the first two years after saying the words “ I do”.

Jennifer is the eldest of the three. Being pregnant with her, my first, I researched everything pregnancy related and read nearly every book. Giving birth to Anthony and Matty seemed more natural and less stressful the third time around.

I’m happy to share what knowledge I have gathered and learn new things from other mothers. From morning sickness to Anencephaly, or potty training to thumb sucking, I have books and resource guides to share.

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