Week By Week Pregnancy (5th Week)

Kübra Irmak

Welcome to the pregnancy club!

The 5th week of pregnancy is the week in which the expectant mother learns about her pregnancy. As you have noticed that your menstrual period is delayed and have tested for the possibility of pregnancy so far . At the same time, some symptoms that it is impossible to ignore occur due to increased hormone levels; breast tenderness, nausea, fatigue, etc. (these hormones are the ones that make the pregnancy test positive).

You may not be pleased that you are in the club now. But in the end you will be very glad to be a member of this club, just wait 8 months 🙂

How big is the 5-week-old baby?

In 5 weeks pregnancy, we can say that the size of the baby is as much as the apple core. Your embryo is now measurable. Yes, you didn’t hear it wrong, it’s now 1.25 mm. It may seem small to you but it will continue to grow rapidly. He’s going to double his size next week!

Does the 5-week-old baby be seen on the ultrasound? Can I hear his heartbeat?

I know you’re curious about these questions. This week, the heart of the embryo begins to take shape. Even though it is far from its final structure, it has already begun to beat. 🙂

A 5-week pregnancy can be visualized by vaginal ultrasonography. During this period, yolk sac, the sac and the structure that the baby is fed, may be imaged while embryo and heart beats may not be observed. This is entirely due to the small size of the embryo.

How many months is 5 weeks of pregnancy?

He’s a month old. As we said before, physicians start pregnancy from the beginning of the last menstrual period. So when a woman realizes that she is pregnant she actually completes the 1st month.

What are the changes in the mother during a 5-week pregnancy?

The symptoms you will feel during the 5th gestational week are just the beginning of the changes your body will experience. Don’t be horrified to think about your entire pregnancy considering what you’re going through. Most mothers state that the first trimester is the most difficult period. So imagine that you will handle the difficult part at the beginning. During this time, spend your time relaxing, eating regularly and doing activities that will make you feel good. If you are curious about what awaits you in the 5th week;

Breast sensitivity; Although nausea and vomiting take all the attention, painful breasts are the most common finding of the 5th week.

Nausea, Vomiting; “Does nausea occur during a 5-week pregnancy?” is one of the most frequently asked questions. 75-80% of pregnant women experience nausea and vomiting. Do not panic if you do not feel nausea, 20-25 percent of pregnant women is the lucky group because nausea is so severe in some pregnant women that this may even lead to weight loss during pregnancy.

There are several ways to reduce and prevent nausea and vomiting during pregnancy. The method that works for each patient is different. Eating in small portions and frequent meals is one of the ways that works. You can also try vitamin B6 and ginger capsules. If these do not work, you should consult your doctor.

Fatigue; When you are 5 weeks pregnant, you can fall asleep during a meeting, doing your job, or at any time of the day, which is normal. When you raise a baby you spend all your energy on the baby. In this regard, you can do nothing but create extra rest hours, exercise lightly, and eat every few hours so that your blood sugar level does not decrease.

Frequent Urination; You can urinate more frequently because the size of your kidneys increases during pregnancy.

Bleeding in the form of cramps and spotting; “Is it normal to have bleeding / discharge in the 5th week of pregnancy?” is one of the questions that I frequently hear. During early pregnancy period it is normal to have bleeding while severe and excessive amounts require you to consult a doctor.

Some 5-week pregnant women may not feel any symptoms or symptoms may be insensible. These are completely normal. Don’t think anything’s going wrong. Just enjoy being in the lucky group.

What Causes Discharge at Week 5 During Pregnancy?

Many women have vaginal discharge during pregnancy. White discharge (leukorrhea) is aqueous, white, slightly smelling or odorless. The reason for this is the pressure exerted by the hormones on the vaginal wall, which becomes extremely large during pregnancy. During pregnancy, vaginal discharge may increase and become more severe. The high acid content of the discharge is thought to have a role in preventing harmful bacteria. It may be useful not to hold the water directly in the vagina, to use cotton underwear, and to wear comfortable and loose trousers.

Does the abdomen swell during 5 weeks of pregnancy?

No, it doesn’t. You may feel some bloating. In this period, weight gain or nausea and vomiting is completely normal. Every human body’s response to pregnancy is different. Therefore, each woman’s pregnancy story is unique to her.

What are the nutritional recommendations during a 5-week pregnancy?

The 5th week nutrition model in pregnancy can be arranged to suppress the nausea and to combat the nausea which is a slightly fearful dream. Pregnant women should try to cope with this process by avoiding coffee and consuming salty foods because it stimulates stomach acid.

What should I eat during the 5th week of pregnancy? What are the methods of reducing nausea during pregnancy?

  • You can prefer carbohydrate-rich, low-fat, easily digestible foods.
  • Salty and ginger foods sometimes work.
  • You should avoid fatty and spicy foods.
  • You can balance your blood sugar with a high protein snack before going to bed.
  • You can ask your husband to make a lean toast before you get out of bed in the morning and eat it in the bed 🙂
  • Or you can eat a few crackers or pieces of toast before getting up in the morning. They help suppress gastric acid.
  • You can chew fresh ginger, eat it raw, or boil in water to drink like herbal tea.
  • You can get benefit from lemonade or watermelon.
  • Nausea increases when the stomach is empty or too full. You can eat often but little less all day long instead of 3 big meals.
  • You should not forget to consume plenty of fluids.
  • If you feel nausea after taking the vitamins you use during pregnancy, you can try taking them at night or with food. (After taking sugar or chewing gum can also be relaxing.)

What should be considered in the 5th week of pregnancy?

Your baby’s most vulnerable period is between the 5th and 10th weeks of your pregnancy; The vast majority of organ system developments occur during this period! Damage to the embryo can result in a significant birth defect. Let’s talk about things that could harm the embryo and should not be done in the 5th week of pregnancy;

Harmful Toxic Substances

Alcohol, drugs, and certain drugs are teratogenic (ie they seriously harm the child’s development). Pregnant women should stay away from them and do not use any medicine without the knowledge of their doctor!


Viruses and bacteria harm the baby during this critical period. Infection-related fever also damages babies. The baby can only catch the infection through his mother. Vaccines and natural immunity protect you from many harmful infections. During pregnancy, you should take precautions to avoid exposure to chicken pox, measles, rubella, mumps and hepatitis.

The screening of these infections will be done by your doctor during your first examination, and I will talk about this topic in my next articles. If you have not experienced these diseases before, you should avoid children, especially those who have this infection.


High-dose radiation, such as radiation therapy used in cancer treatment, will harm the baby. However, low dose radiation used in diagnostic x-ray does not affect the risk of birth defects at a high rate. However, unless it is very necessary, it would be best not to have an X-ray during pregnancy. In a very necessary medical situation, you should decide by talking to your doctor and if you are under examination in a branch other than gynecology and childbirth, you must tell that you are pregnant.

Drugs and diagnostic methods that can be used in pregnancy can be slightly different from normal people. Just a word of advice!


When malnutrition becomes a habit during pregnancy, this will harm the baby. Consuming very little of a particular nutrient can affect cell growth. You should also take vitamin supplements including folic acid under the guidance of your doctor.

Is it safe to have sex during a 5-week pregnancy?

Pregnancy and sexuality should also be mentioned. Sexuality in the 5th week of pregnancy is extremely normal. Even during the normal course of pregnancy up to the last 4 weeks there is no restriction in sexual life.

You may not always want sexuality because hormonal fluctuations, nausea and fatigue may blunt sexual desire in the first 3 months, including the 5th week. This will change in the second trimester.

Many couples are worried that having sex in the first trimester, which is the first 3 months, can lead to miscarriages. This is unwarranted concern. Abortions in the first period of pregnancy are due to chromosomal abnormalities and other problems with the baby. Don’t forget that if there is a threat of miscarriage, it is useful to stay away from the sexual relationship for a while.

Infections during pregnancy may cause premature birth, amniotic fluid (water that surrounds the baby). So, condoms etc. should be used for sexually transmitted diseases and attention should be paid to cleanliness.

Please do not hesitate to contact us with your questions. See you next week, Take care of yourself 🙂

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