Pregnancy Week 5

Your 5th Week of Pregnancy - The First Trimester



Fetal Development - Week 5

Pregnancy Week 5 - Baby Is Shaped Like A Pear You won't believe the changes your baby has already gone through in such a short time. Your baby's heart is 3/4 of the way formed and will begin beating this week! Also developing are the brain, cardiovascular and nervous systems and the reproductive and other major systems. Early this week your baby becomes pear-shaped. The rounded end will become the head while the pointed end will become your baby's spine. Your baby is now known as an embryo and is about 1.5 - 2.5 mm or 0.05 - 0.09 inches in length.

This time next year you will have a 17 week old baby!

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Your Body - 5 Weeks Pregnant

Pregnancy Week 5 - Photo of Tired Pregnant Mom

This week may have you feeling even more tired now. As far as the other symptoms, they are very similar to last week - sore breasts, fatigue, backaches, heartburn, morning sickness, and mood swings. You may start to get headaches as your hormone levels rise as well. You can try sleeping in a supportive bra (such as a jogging bra) to help with the breast soreness. Also, eating smaller, more frequent meals can sometimes help with both the morning sickness and heartburn.

There are some women who simply sail through their first few weeks (and often their first trimester) of pregnancy without any symptoms at all. This is perfectly normal and no cause for concern or panic. However, if you have a sudden loss of your pregnancy symptoms, see your healthcare provider as soon as you can.


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Common Pregnancy Symptoms in Week 5

  • You may be unusually tired, due to your body adapting to the demands of pregnancy. Be sure to get plenty of rest.
  • You may have tender breasts. Your nipples may appear darker, and more prominent. Be sure to wear a good support bra.
  • You may experience a metallic taste in your mouth.
  • You may experience morning sickness. If you find that queasiness is a problem, try keeping crackers by your bed in the morning. Some women find that eating 6 small high-carbohydrate meals instead of 3 large meals helps as well. Try to avoid fatty foods.

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Your pregnancy is determined from the date of last menstral period, not date of conception. Each pregnancy, expectant mother, and unborn child is different. Your pregnancy may not progress the same as the information found here. The information here is based on the average pregnancy. It is not meant to be a replacement for any advice your may recieve from your doctor. If you have any concerns about your pregnancy, we advise you to contact your doctor.
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