Most women realise they may be expecting at around week 5, as it is the first week after your missed period. At 5 weeks pregnant, the level of the hormone hCG in your urine is high enough to be detected by a home pregnancy test. This means that you can confirm what you suspect: you're pregnant!
Hello there, pregnancy hormones!
When you are 5 weeks into your pregnancy, your little one is moving along quickly in the growth process. Growing a child that is no larger than an orange seed is hard work, and your body is responding to this change. Large quantities of your hormones are being mass-produced this week. Among them are:
Estrogen, which keeps the levels of progesterone and hCG up where they need to be.
Progesterone, which maintains the function of the placenta, keeps the smooth muscles of the uterus from contracting and stimulates breast tissue growth.
hCG, which support the corpus luteum until the placenta takes over at about 10 weeks and regulates the amount of progesterone necessary.
The first of your symptoms are exemplified and your level of hunger is nearly ravenous when you are 5 weeks pregnant. The best advice at this stage is to eat and rest. If you don’t feel very pregnant yet, don’t panic; it’s still early. Breast tenderness and fatigue might be the first and only symptoms of being pregnant that some women experience at this point.
Common symptoms at 5 weeks pregnant
1. Food cravings and aversions
Hormones play a role here, especially in the early weeks of your pregnancy, when your body is getting used to the hormonal havoc. Go ahead and indulge, but in moderation. Satisfy your pregnancy cravings with a mini chocolate bar instead of a king-sized one, or find healthy substitutes for the foods you can’t stand.
Being pregnant is hard work. A huge amount of your energy goes into building a life-support system for your little one, especially the placenta, which can leave you feeling tired. Listen to your body. Get plenty of rest and eat right, often.
The queasy feeling is largely due to the combination of hormones, increased stress, and other body changes, like a sharper sense of smell. Try not to skip any of your meals and stick to healthy foods that appeal to you.
If you have a queasy tummy, the first thing you can try eating is a protein-and-complex-carbohydrate combo, like whole wheat crackers and cheese or granola and yoghurt. You can also skip the solids, and sip a smoothie or soup. Be sure to get eight glasses of fluid a day, as vomiting could leave you dehydrated. Ginger can be good to combat queasiness during your pregnancy. Use ginger in cooking, infuse your tea with it, or nibble on ginger biscuits or candy to manage this symptom.
At 5 weeks pregnant, some of the healthiest foods can leave you feeling gassy and bloated, so opt for healthy substitutions instead. For example, you can try mango instead of broccoli, strawberries instead of cabbage, bagel chips instead of potato chips, or poached chicken breast instead of chicken fingers. If you love sparkling water, it could be time to switch to plain water.
Ways to manage week 5 pregnancy symptoms
Good prenatal care is essential for you and your little one’s health, and this would be a good time to choose a doctor and schedule your first appointment. If you see the doctor while 5 weeks pregnant, a sonogram can show the pregnancy and the embryo inside the uterus, though the foetal heartbeat cannot usually be seen until the 6th week. This is a reassuring sign, especially for women at risk for an ectopic pregnancy.
You can start taking Frisomum Gold® that has DualCare+ system, customizing the essential nutrients for both you and your little one as your nutritional needs increases at every trimester. Frisomum Gold® contain folic acid, iron, calcium, vitamins and etc. Also it’s important to ensure you are taking enough folic acid if you are trying to get pregnant and during the first trimester, because it reduces the risk of developing neural tube birth defects such as spina bifida. Be sure to inform your doctor if you are taking other medications. Find out more.