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5 Weeks Pregnant: Your Baby’s Development

Pipeline in place. The placenta and the beginnings of the umbilical cord are already working hard to channel essential nutrients from your body to your baby. Oxygen, amino acids, fats and sugars all play a vital role in healthy development.

Back basics. Some of the baby’s cells are developing into the neural tube, which will become the spinal column and the brain. An incorrectly formed neural tube can result in a complication called spina bifida, where the spinal cord doesn't fully close. Taking at least 400 micrograms of folic acid every day is your best weapon against spinal-cord-related birth defects.

Heart start. The heart is now a single tube with a few uncoordinated beats. These thumps will become more regular with each passing week.

Ultrasound At 5th Week Of Pregnancy

Unless you have any serious medical history that could complicate your pregnancy, you might not go for a 5 weeks pregnant ultrasound. However, if you go, your doctor might tell you the dimensions of your baby from its crown to rump which helps them adjust your due date. You would see the yolk sac along with the gestational sac which forms the source of nutrition for your baby. In the 5 weeks pregnant ultrasound, you would also be able to identify fetal poles, if you are going to give birth to twins. Learn more about pregnancy ultrasounds here.

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5 Weeks Pregnant: Your Symptoms

An ocean of emotions. You may be thrilled about being pregnant, anxious about whether everything will go normally, worried or unsure of yourself as a mother. Don’t worry! All of these emotions are perfectly normal. Learn more about mood swings in pregnancy here.

Handle with care. Menstrual-like cramps and lower backaches are common at this stage. Give yourself a break by soaking in a warm bath, listening to some soothing music or indulging in a nap. Keep an eye on your nutrition and, if you haven’t yet, cut out smoking, drinking alcohol or using drugs – these can be harmful to your baby. Learn all about pregnancy pains and aches.

Did you know? Your baby’s brain is developing rapidly and a tube-like structure that will become the heart starts to beat occasionally.

Frequently Asked Questions:

1. 5 weeks pregnant is how many months?

When you are 5 weeks pregnant, you have entered the second month of pregnancy. Now it’s just 7 months to go for your baby’s arrival.

2. Do pregnancy symptoms come and go at 5 weeks?

Every pregnancy is unique. It might happen that you do not feel any symptoms at all at this stage. Or in fact your symptoms might come and go. But this does not mean that there is anything wrong in your pregnancy. It could be because your body is getting used to the changes and hormones.

Precautions & Tips At 5th Week Of Pregnancy

  • Go to your doctor for your first prenatal test, if you haven’t done so already.

  • Ensure that you do not miss your prenatal vitamins which should contain a high level of folic acid. These vitamins are necessary for the healthy development of your baby.

  • Avoid junk food and replace them with a healthy diet. This pregnancy diet plan will help provide all the required nutrients to mom and baby

5 Weeks Pregnant: Your Checklist

  • Be ready to feel anxious or excited, worried or ecstatic — all normal reactions to becoming pregnant

  • Treat any cramps and backaches with a warm bath or a nap

  • Cut out smoking and alcohol if you haven’t already

  • Get week-by-week expert tips on pregnancy to keep track of your baby’s development & to ensure well-being of both you & your baby during entire nine months journey!