At 5 weeks pregnant, many women have already found out that they are expecting. By now, you will have already missed a period.
This means you are probably at least considering taking a pregnancy test if you haven’t already. At this point, any home pregnancy test should give you an accurate positive result.
5 weeks pregnant: Congratulations! It’s a…Tadpole!
That’s right. During pregnancy week 5, your little one will have grown to the size of a small orange seed and will look a lot like a tadpole. That’s because your cells have been dividing rapidly enough to develop the beginnings of a head and spinal cord, and even a head. The cells will have formed the following separate cell layers:
- The outer layer, the ectoderm, which will soon grow into the central nervous system as well as skin, nails, hair, and various hormonal glands.
- The middle layer, the mesoderm, which is where the small chambers that will be his heart are already forming by pregnancy week 5! Much of the mass of his body will come from this layer, including bones and muscles.
- The inner layer, the endoderm, where most of his internal organs will be formed.
Though he doesn’t quite look human yet when you’re 5 weeks pregnant, all of the cells are dividing rapidly and diversifying—almost magically seeming to know that part of your baby they will become!
5 weeks pregnant: Ch-ch-ch-ch-changes
By week 5, pregnancy typically makes itself known (and can become quite annoying!) through many different pregnancy symptoms and changes that are occurring in your body. Though you may have noticed some of these at 4 weeks pregnant, they usually become much more noticeable during pregnancy week 5 because your hormones will be off the charts! We’re mostly talking about hCG, oestrogen and progesterone, which can lead to the following side effects and physical changes:
- Nausea –You may be feeling quite sick to your stomach these days, and not just in the morning. Some women suffer from the typical morning sickness with vomiting, while others feel a general queasiness at various times throughout the day.
- Mouth watering – If you feel like a drooling dog at 5 weeks pregnant, you’re not alone! The bomb of hormones in your body can produce excess saliva.
- Food taste changes – You could suddenly start hating some of your favourite foods without reason; they just seem disgusting! At the same time, you could now find yourself craving foods that you normally don’t enjoy at all.
- Breast growth and sensitivity – While you may like seeing your breasts grow a little bit, it will probably come at the cost of them being extra sore and sensitive.
- PMS, and then some – You also may experience what feels like the worst PMS of your life, complete with mood swings, fatigue and bloating.
5 weeks pregnant: Get to know your doctor or midwife
If you haven’t already had your first appointment with your doctor or midwife, pregnancy week 5 is the time to do it. As we mentioned in our article for 4 weeks pregnant future mummies, they will tell you everything you need to know for a healthy and safe pregnancy for you and your baby. This will include a list of things you should avoid, like tobacco, alcohol, excess caffeine, certain seafoods and more. They will also start a record of your vital signs and weight, check more accurately for a due date, and provide you with prenatal vitamins.
When you’re 5 weeks pregnant, you may worry that it is too early to tell your friends and family that you are expecting. Some doctors recommend waiting until after the third month of pregnancy has passed because by then the risk of miscarriage is much lower. However, by week 5, pregnancy can already be confirmed with 100% accuracy, and many couples decide to tell their family and friends right away. Now is the time for you and your partner to start talking about when to break the fantastic news!
Whether you decide to spill the beans now, or to wait a while longer, at 5 weeks pregnant, you are probably beginning to feel the reality of being an expecting mum. Though the road ahead of you is still quite long, you and your partner will have a lot of decisions to make about the future of your little one. Why not pass the time by thinking of how to decorate the nursery, thinking of possible names for a boy or a girl, and even dreaming about your munchkin’s future?