The fifth week of pregnancy is when most women realise they may be pregnant. This is the first week after your missed period. At 5 weeks pregnant, the level of hCG (the pregnancy-announcer hormone) in your urine is high enough to be detected by a home pregnancy test. This means that you'll be able to confirm what you suspect: you're pregnant!
Hello there, pregnancy hormones!
By week 5 of pregnancy, your little one is moving along quickly in the growth process. Growing a little one that is no larger than an orange seed is hard work, and your body is responding to this change. Large quantities of 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; and
• hCG, which support the corpus luteum until the placenta takes over at about 10 weeks and regulates the amount of progesterone necessary.
At this stage, pregnancy symptoms are exemplified and hunger is nearly ravenous. The best advice in week 5 of pregnancy 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 only pregnancy symptoms some women experience at this point.
Pregnancy symptoms during week 5
• Food cravings and aversions
Hormones play a role here, especially in these early weeks, when your body is getting used to the hormonal havoc. Go ahead and indulge, but in moderation. Satisfy your chocolate cravings with a mini bar instead of a king-sized one, or find healthy substitutes for the foods you can’t stand.
Pregnancy is hard work. A huge amount of 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 meals and stick to healthy foods that appeal to you.
To ease a queasy tummy, try eating a protein-and-complex-carbohydrate combo, like whole wheat crackers and cheese or granola and yogurt. You could 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. Use ginger in cooking, infuse your tea with it, or nibble on ginger biscuits or candy to manage this pregnancy symptom.
Some of the healthiest foods can leave you feeling gassy and bloated. Opt for healthy substitutions instead. For example, 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 your health and your little one’s health. This would be a good time to choose a doctor and schedule your first appointment. If you see the doctor during the 5th week, 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 should continue taking Frisomum Gold® and prenatal vitamins. Most prenatal supplements contain more folic acid, iron, and calcium, than the regular multi-vitamin. It’s important to get enough folic acid while trying to conceive, and during your first trimester, because it reduces risk of developing neural tube birth defects such as spina bifida. Be sure to inform your doctor on other medications that you are taking.