Week 5

Fetus

Published : 18/04/2024

Last updated: 20/04/2024

In this week, it’s like the sneak peek of pregnancy, the embryo’s setting up camp in the uterus, but it’s a stealth operation, so don’t expect fireworks just yet! 

 

You might notice some ninja-like spotting or cramps as the little one snuggles in. Meanwhile, behind the scenes, hormones are throwing a wild party, leaving you feeling like you’re on an emotional rollercoaster. It’s the start of an epic adventure, complete with mysterious symptoms like fatigue and mood swings that keep you guessing. So buckle up, mama-to-be, because this ride is just getting started and it’s bound to be one heck of a journey!

Highlights of week 5

  • At 5 weeks, you’re entering your second month of pregnancy
  • You have 35 weeks to go
  • You’re in the first trimester
  • Your baby is about the size of an orange seed

Your body at 5 weeks pregnant

At 5 weeks pregnant, your belly might not seem any different, or you might notice a little bloat that makes you feel like you’ve gained a pound overnight. Maybe you’re battling some serious morning sickness, making eating feel like a challenge, and you worry about losing weight instead. But hey, all of these experiences are perfectly normal in the pregnancy journey! Every mom-to-be is unique, and how your body responds to pregnancy will be different from anyone else’s.

 

As for the big question of pregnancy weight gain, it’s totally okay not to stress about it right now. During the first trimester, doctors generally advise gaining just a few pounds (1 to 5 is the ballpark figure), and chances are, your body will naturally adjust without you having to give it much thought. So take a deep breath and trust that your body knows what it’s doing!

Your Unborn Baby’s Size at 5 Weeks

The embryo is starting to resemble more of a fetus now, and your little one’s heart and circulatory system are beginning to take shape. Actually, you’re less than eight months away from cuddling your own little version! And while all these magical changes are taking place, the levels of the hCG hormone in your body have risen enough for you to confirm your pregnancy with a home test. It’s a good idea to visit your doctor to double-check the wonderful news and to get an idea of your due date.

Organs are forming

Becoming a baby is quite the journey—it involves the development of all the major and minor bodily systems and organs from scratch, such as the digestive, circulatory, and nervous systems, as well as vital organs like the heart, lungs, and stomach.

At 5 weeks pregnant, a tiny tube-like structure is starting to form into your baby’s heart, though he or she probably already has a hold on yours! Additionally, several other organs are beginning to take shape this week, including the neural tube—the precursor to your baby’s brain and spinal cord—which hasn’t sealed yet. However, by next week, that will come to an end.

Pregnancy Symptoms at Week 5

Around this time, you may be experiencing different pregnancy symptoms. Here are some common ones you might be feeling:

Keep in mind that every pregnancy is different, so symptoms can vary greatly from one person to another during week five. It’s normal to have all, some, or none of these symptoms. However, if you notice any symptoms that seem concerning, make sure to reach out to a healthcare professional.

Tips for Week 5 

No one from outside may notice any change in you. Even you yourself may not feel that way yet. But something extraordinary is happening inside your body right now—a new life is forming

 

Finding Your IVF Due Date:

 

If you conceived through in vitro fertilization (IVF), your due date depends on whether you had a three-day or five-day embryo transfer. For a three-day transfer, add 263 days from your transfer date. For a five-day transfer, count 261 days instead. You can also use an IVF due date calculator for simplicity.

 

Possibility of Twins:

 

Suspecting twins? Confirmation usually comes with the first trimester ultrasound between 6 and 9 weeks. Signs may include experiencing morning sickness earlier and more intensely due to higher levels of the hormone hCG. Additionally, increased fatigue might occur as your body supports two babies. If you are expecting twins, anticipate more weight gain, around a pound per week during the first trimester, and an increased appetite.

 

Understanding hCG Levels:

 

If your doctor conducted a blood test to confirm your pregnancy, you might wonder about your hCG levels. Remember, every woman’s hormone levels vary, and they can fluctuate even day to day. Some may have low hCG levels early on, while others may have higher readings. Trust your doctor’s reassurance about the progression of your pregnancy.

 

Importance of Healthy Fats:

 

Omega-3 fatty acids are crucial for your baby’s brain development and can improve your partner’s fertility by enhancing sperm count and motility. Avoid saturated fats found in fast food and opt for omega-3 sources like pregnancy-safe fish, fortified foods, or supplements.

 

Managing Bloat:

 

Feeling bloated? It could be an early sign of pregnancy or due to other factors like ovulation or PMS. Choose fruits like mangoes or strawberries over veggies to ease discomfort. Also, opt for plain water instead of sparkling water to reduce bloating.

 

Avoiding Smoking and Vaping:

 

Smoking and vaping are harmful during pregnancy and can pose risks to both you and your baby. Nicotine, present in both traditional and e-cigarettes, can harm your baby’s brain and lungs, leading to complications like miscarriage or preterm birth. Discuss quitting options with your doctor if needed.

 

Exercise Precautions:

 

While exercise can be beneficial during pregnancy, listen to your body and avoid intense workouts. Aim for a moderate intensity level and trust your body’s signals. You should feel refreshed, not exhausted, after your workout. Adjust your routine accordingly and prioritize maintaining your current level of activity.

 

By understanding these aspects, you can navigate your pregnancy journey with greater confidence and care.

A Gentle Nudge from Mammas Journey

Congratulations on your pregnancy! At 5 weeks, your little one is starting to grow, and exciting changes are ahead. Here are some lifestyle suggestions to support your journey- prioritize healthy eating, stay hydrated, get regular exercise, rest when needed, and avoid harmful substances like tobacco and alcohol.

 

Trust your instincts, take care of yourself, and enjoy this magical journey. Best wishes to you and your growing family!

Welcome to: Week 6 of your pregnancy

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