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Pregnancy and the Weeks of Development: Week Five

Updated on October 15, 2011
Pregnancy test results can be extremely overwhelming; so take a deep breath before viewing the result strips.
Pregnancy test results can be extremely overwhelming; so take a deep breath before viewing the result strips. | Source
Five weeks pregnant
Five weeks pregnant | Source

Week by Week Pregnancy

The fifth week is the beginning phase of the second month of pregnancy. Your baby has now been in the development phase for three weeks. If you did not find out last week, you will most likely find out this week that you are pregnant. It is ideal to schedule your first prenatal appointment as soon as you find out you are pregnant.

Pregnancy tests generally detect a pregnancy ten days after conception; however some tests have been created to show results earlier. You may begin to experience early pregnancy nausea and vomiting, however this is not always the case with every pregnancy. Some women experience morning sickness during early pregnancy, but generally it improves drastically over the first trimester.

Another symptom you may experience at this time is frequent urination. This begins early and continues throughout the entire length of your pregnancy. Other symptoms in early pregnancy may be tender breasts, larger breasts, darkened areolas, or fatigue. Your body is undergoing drastic changes rapidly, which results in an increase of work your body performs. Due to the increase of work, you may experience a decrease in energy. Always remember to maintain a healthy diet and drink eight 8 ounce glasses of water daily to prevent dehydration.

Things You Should Do at This Point in Your Pregnancy:

  • Experience light spotting
  • Take a pregnancy test (if negative in week four)
  • Maintain healthy diet
  • Drink A LOT of water daily
  • Take prenatal vitamins
  • Discontinue any rough activities or contact sports
  • Continue light exercise

Early Symptoms of Pregnancy:

  • Nausea
  • Cramping
  • Headache
  • Fatigue
  • Spotting
  • Tender or Swollen Breasts
  • Darkened Areolas
  • Frequent urination

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