Pregnancy Week 5

Your period has not arrived on the usual date, and some changes may already alert you during pregnancy week 5. This is normal, your body begins to react to the great hormonal disruptions to which it is subjected.

For its part, the embryo is active and doubles in size every day! This is when the brain, spinal cord, heart, and other organs begin to form.

Symptoms Of Pregnancy Week 5

Now that the pregnancy has been confirmed, hormonal changes in your body can cause a number of symptoms; drowsiness or even an irresistible desire to sleep during the day is common at this stage. This is due to the sedative effect of progesterone.

Pregnancy week 5 officially marks the end of the first month of your pregnancy, but it is hard to spot a proper belly at this time. Since your baby is still so small, your belly will probably look pretty much the same as it always was.

Some women have problems with nausea and vomiting, others have symptoms such as abdominal pain, cramps, and discomfort in the pelvic area. Mood swings, fatigue, dizziness, or even fainting spells are also possible.

Baby Development

The embryo develops very fast during the 5th week. Three layers of cells are about to create the brain and spinal cord, the heart and skeleton, the intestines and lungs of the embryo. But it still needs a lot of imagination to see the baby that will arrive in your arms in almost eight months.

The placenta, amniotic sac, and umbilical cord are still forming. Instead, the embryo is attached to the yolk sac, an early extra-embryonic membrane identified within the gestational sac, which also provides protection and nutrients to the 5-week-old embryo.

Pregnancy Week 5: What To Do?

Initially, avoid coffee (especially milk coffee) for breakfast, if possible prefer a light tea or herbal tea. There are many ways to relieve morning sickness, like acupressure wristbands, ginger capsules and lozenges. Find out what makes you feel better, but remember to consult your doctor first.

It’s time to make an appointment with the OB/GYN. He or she will probably order tests, review your family history, and schedule you for an ultrasound scan. One of the first signs of pregnancy to show up on ultrasound is the gestational sac and may be seen as early as 3 to 5 weeks gestational age.

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