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5 Weeks Pregnant

May 16, 2019

5 Weeks Pregnant

5 Weeks Pregnant
5 Weeks Pregnant

Your baby is 0.09 inches long this week. That’s about the size of a Pop Rocks crystal.

Your Baby at 5 Weeks

  • Organ development: It might seem early, but your baby is starting to develop major organs like the heart, stomach, liver and kidneys.
  • Simple beginnings: Right now, your baby consists of three germ layers (weird but that’s the technical term). The ectoderm will become your baby’s brain, spinal cord, skin and nails. The mesoderm will be the heart and circulatory system, and the endoderm will be the lungs, intestines and other major organs. Human development is crazy!

Pregnancy Ultrasound Week 5

Photo by Tommy’s

Top Tip for 5 Weeks Pregnant

Go with your gut—share your pregnancy news when you feel it’s right. More and more women are opting to tell a few close friends as soon as they find out they’re pregnant rather than obeying a “12-week rule.”

Pregnancy Symptoms at 5 Weeks

  • Positive pregnancy test: At-home pregnancy tests are pretty reliable. They measure the level of the pregnancy hormone human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG), which is doubling every day.
  • Sore boobs: Those hormones are kicking into high gear to get your uterus started on making a baby, and this can cause really tender breasts.
  • Mood swings: The ups and downs tend to be most intense during the first trimester and postpartum, as hormone levels undergo big changes. Be gentle on yourself—eating right and getting enough rest can help—and remember that this pregnancy symptom will pass.
  • No symptoms: If you’re 5 weeks pregnant with no symptoms, there’s a chance nausea and fatigue will hit over the next few weeks, but there are also some lucky moms-to-be who never get morning sickness at all. 🙏

The Early Signs of Pregnancy

How’d you first know you were pregnant? Some women realize they’re dead tired at 7 p.m. Others weep openly while watching a rom-com. According to a survey, though, these are the most common first signs of pregnancy women reported:

  • 29% said they missed their period
  • 25% had nausea
  • 17% noticed a change in their breasts, either soreness or darker areolas

Answers to Your Pregnancy Questions

What can I eat and not eat?

Now that you’re pregnant, there are some foods and drinks you should avoid or cut back on:

  • Alcohol: Most doctors recommend avoiding alcoholic beverages completely. There’s reason to believe some alcohol is OK (we’re talking like a small glass of wine once in a blue moon) but no level has been proven safe.
  • Caffeine: A cup of coffee is fine but be careful having any more than that. Pregnant women are advised to stay at 200 mg of caffeine or less daily. And remember there can be caffeine in sneaky places (like chocolate).
  • Foods that can carry listeria bacteria: Be careful of deli meat, raw eggs, hot dogs, soft cheeses and unpasteurized dairy. It’s not common, but listeriosis cases is still reported in the U.S., and pregnant women are 20 more likely to get it than non-pregnant healthy adults.
  • Raw and undercooked foods: Not everyone skips the raw stuff, but be super careful. You’re more likely to get food poisoning if you have rare meat, sushi, raw bar shellfish and the like. Not so fun while pregnant.
  • Fish high in mercury: Shark, swordfish, tilefish and king mackerel are among the fishes you should avoid completely while pregnant. They have high levels of mercury, which can cause fetal brain damage and hearing and vision problems. Low-mercury fish, like salmon, shrimp, pollock, catfish and canned light tuna are actually recommended to eat, if you stick to about eight to 12 ounces per week.

Can I exercise?

Sure can! So long as your doctor hasn’t given you any activity restrictions. (Always check first.) In fact, exercise during pregnancy can decrease your risk of complications like gestational diabetes, preeclampsia and need for a c-section, helps keep your heart fit, keeps weight gain in check and helps you deal with pregnancy discomforts like back pain and constipation.

The amount and intensity of your workouts partly depend on your fitness level and what you were doing pre-pregnancy (so ask the doc). Most pregnant women should get about 150 minutes of moderate intensity exercise per week.

And it’s totally OK for women who’re experiencing morning sickness in the first trimester to hold off for a while until they feel better.

How often do I need to see my OB?

Your prenatal visit schedule will depend on your doctor’s preferences and how your pregnancy goes. Certain risk factors can mean your OB checks in on you more often. But for an uncomplicated pregnancy it will probably be something like:

  • Weeks 4 to 28: 1 visit per month (every 4 weeks)
  • Weeks 28 to 36: 1 visit every 2 weeks
  • Weeks 36 to 40: 1 visit every week

Of course, there will likely be some testing and/or ultrasounds that crop up between those regular visits. Get ready to spend some quality time in the waiting room.

Is pregnancy really only nine months long?

Some people think: Pregnancy is about 40 weeks long (give or take), and 40 divided by four is 10, so that’s actually 10 months, right? Nope.

What they’re forgetting is A) Conception happens around the end of week 2 (or beginning of 3), so you’re really not even pregnant those first two counted weeks and B) There are more than four weeks in every month except February. In fact, there’s an average 4 1/3 weeks per month, and if you multiply that times nine months, you get 39 weeks. Then add that week or two before you conceived and you’re up to at least 40. Phew!

Long story short? Full-term pregnancy really is about nine months long. Though sometimes it seems like an eternity.

Village Tip

Remember to rely on your village throughout your pregnancy. Ask for the help you need. (Even if it’s just picking up the one thing you want to eat when everything else makes you queasy.)

How to Count Your Pregnancy Weeks

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You might have been surprised when you found out you were pregnant, that you were already four or five weeks along. That flew by!

How did you skip the first month? Well, it’s hard to know exactly when a baby is conceived, but due dates are essential for understanding and studying pregnancy. Health professionals need a standard, so pregnancy is dated back to the first day of your last period, a.k.a. LMP (last menstrual period), even though your baby isn’t conceived until about two weeks after your LMP.

To find your due date, the basic formula is LMP + 280 days. Of course, it’s a little more complicated than that. In 2014, the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecologists updated their guidelines to include an early ultrasound measurement too. In other words, the date could change depending on what your doc sees on the screen.

Get the full story here about your Estimated Due Date here.

Your 5 Weeks Pregnant Belly

You don’t look pregnant yet, but your midsection might feel quite different—bloated and maybe a little crampy. While light cramps are considered normal, either due to implantation or stretching of the uterus, more severe cramps, like you’d get during your period or worse, aren’t, so let your doc know if you’re feeling any abdominal pain. As for the bloating, you may want to wear stretchier or looser pants than usual.

Doctors recommend women gain about 1 to 4 pounds during the first trimester, but honestly you might just be focusing on keeping food down at this point. If that’s the case, don’t worry about the scale and focus on nourishing yourself and your baby.

5 Weeks Baby Bumps from Real Moms

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Pregnancy and All Things Insurance

Now for the not-so-fun stuff: Insurance. There are at least two types that should be on your radar right now.

Health insurance: If you already have it, all prenatal care visits should be covered with no co-pay. Check your plan’s Summary of Benefits Coverage document to see how it covers the costs of childbirth. You may be able to upgrade your coverage if you don’t feel it’ll cover enough. Either way, you’ll have to add your baby to your plan once they’re born, which could be as simple as a phone call, though you may find the cost of your coverage will go up.

Also, look into what breastfeeding help is available; plans can include help from a lactation consultant, a breast pump and other equipment.

If you don’t have health insurance, you can look into it at Healthcare.gov.

Life insurance: Seems morbid, but we can’t think of a better time than pregnancy to reexamine your life insurance plan (or um, think about it for the first time). When choosing coverage, think about if something were to happen to you and/or your partner, what expenses you’d want to have covered: mortgage, other debts or expenses, education, etc.

Term life insurance means you’ll pay a yearly premium for a fixed term (maybe 20 years or 30 years). If something happens to you during that time, your family receives the full amount of coverage. It’s usually affordable and good for growing families.

Whole life insurance requires fixed monthly premiums and covers you for the rest of your life. It’s tax deferred, and the money can be withdrawn or borrowed—usually with steep penalties.

Talk to a reputable insurance agent to explore your options further. You can also add life insurance to your baby registry.

Fun Fact

Twin birth rates are at record highs. (This is probably because of IVF.)


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Week 5 Pregnancy Checklist

  • Have a life insurance policy? Review it to see what it covers or plan on getting one ASAP.
  • Find out how your health insurance covers pregnancy and birth.
  • Lay low and rewatch your favorite movie. You probably could use some rest right now.
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