Congratulations on been 5 weeks pregnant! Week 5 of pregnancy is a common time for moms-to-be to find out they are pregnant. That is because this is the time when you have probably realized you have missed your period and most women start beginning to think they may be pregnant.
How Many Months is 5 weeks pregnant?
There are 40 weeks in a pregnancy, starting from the first day of your last menstrual period. If you are 5 weeks pregnant, you are in month 2 of your pregnancy. Only 7 months more to go!
If you have more questions and want to know more about weeks, trimesters, months and due date during pregnancy you can visit our post about how to calculate pregnancy.
Your baby at 5 weeks pregnant
At 5 weeks pregnant, baby is the size of a sesame seed (3mm), so you won’t have a ‘bump’ or feel a “karate kick” for a while yet! But don’t worry, in the next week, he or she will almost double in size. Grow, little baby, grow!
At 5 weeks of pregnancy, the baby’s nervous system is already developing, the foundations for its major organs are in place, and his or her heart will beat for the first time now. In addition, you baby’s heart is changing from being a simple, single tube to a complex four chamber organ. However, growth is now largely focused on your baby’s head, which is beginning to develop much more rapidly than the rest of the tiny body.
Your body at 5 weeks pregnant
By 5 weeks of pregnancy your body is still adjusting to the increased amount of hormones and you are probably experiencing more of the same early pregnancy symptoms as last week, including:
- Changes in your breast, including soreness and discomfort
- You may develop cravings for some foods
- Notice that your favourite foods and drinks are suddenly unappetising
- You may feel exhausted and weepy
- Mood swings
Don’t be surprised if you start to feel exhausted this week. It takes a lot of developing to become a baby! So don’t forget to have plenty of rest if you are feeling tired.
If you think you are pregnant, you can use a home pregnancy test at 5 weeks of pregnancy because your hCG hormone levels are now high enough to confirm that you are expecting. It is important to contact your GP or your preferred maternity service promptly once you know you are pregnant so you start getting care at the right time.
Can I find out the baby’s gender at week 5 of pregnancy?
Although your baby’s gender is determined at the moment of fertilization, you won’t know if you are having a baby boy or girl at week 5 of pregnancy and you will have to wait until your week 20 ultrasound.