Week five is a huge week for your new baby. Growth continues at an amazing rate as the neural tube appears and the heart, muscles and nervous system begin to form. Chances are, by the end of this week your baby’s heart will even begin to pump! If you are able to get a doctor’s appointment, you will likely be able to hear this tiny thump-thump. The neural tube will later become your babies brain and spinal cord, but right now your baby sort of resembles a tad pole because the tiny ball of cells, it had been previously, has now begun to stretch and become pear shaped. Your baby is no bigger than a sesame seed, but would now be easily visible to the naked eye if you could look inside your uterus.
If they haven’t already begun to hurt week five can be a tough week for breasts. Many women begin to experience an increase in size and become very sore around this time. You may want to begin wearing other comfortable but supportive options instead of regular bras. Remember, if you plan on purchasing new bras, that your breast growth has only just begun. Many women increase upwards of two cup sizes before their pregnancy is complete, and change again once they begin to breast feed.
If you attempt to buy new bras every time you change cup sizes you will end up spending a great deal of money. Nursing bras are a good option during pregnancy because the open able flaps allow for swelling without cramping and the bras can be used later for nursing as well. Purchasing a more complete stock is not recommended until after you’ve stopped lactating. It won’t be until this point that you can count on not being a different size next week. In the meantime, just seek out comfortable options and try not to spend all your cute baby clothes buying money on bras that will never fit again.
Outside of the common early pregnancy symptoms already mentioned most women in their first pregnancies experience no weight gain or other physical changes at this point in their pregnancy. As a side note however, women carrying twins or that are not on their first child tend to begin to put on more weight at this time. Some women end up needing maternity clothes by week five!
By now you know unquestionably if you are pregnant or not. Even if you have been trying to become pregnant for quite some time getting that definitive yes can be a big thing to swallow. The mood swings caused by hormonal changes can make this emotional time twice as tiring. Remember to keep communication between you and your partner open. Sometimes having someone to talk to is all you need and this also keeps your partner from feeling left out. Many men feel once their significant other becomes pregnant she will forget entirely about them. Even if this sounds silly, keep your man’s feelings in mind as well.
Abnormal symptoms that may occur at this stage:
One in fifty pregnancies is an ectopic pregnancy. This means that the fertilized egg implanted somewhere other than the uterus. Symptoms of Ectopic Pregnancy include:
If you experience any symptoms of ectopic pregnancy you should let a doctor know right away even if the pain has not become extreme enough for you to feel you need immediate attention. Especially if you are at risk for ectopic pregnancy, the risk factors for ectopic pregnancy are:
Don’t worry if an ectopic pregnancy is suspected. This does not necessarily mean you will lose your baby as many of the symptoms of ectopic pregnancy can mean many other things. First your doctor will confirm the ectopic pregnancy in one of three ways.
If an ectopic pregnancy is found to be the cause of your symptoms depending on the size of the embryo at the point of discovery it will either be chemically aborted, or surgically removed. In almost all cases, ectopic pregnancies are not allowed to proceed because the babies rarely survive and the risk to the mother is great. Keep in mind that having an ectopic pregnancy in the past does not prevent you from becoming pregnant again though most doctors suggests waiting at least three months. These months allow the tissue to properly heal if you’ve had a surgical removal and result in a lower chance of reoccurring ectopic pregnancy.
As with any pregnancy that ends in loss you may also want to seek counseling, or just give yourself and your partner time to grieve and get back into a healthy mindset for pregnancy. Depression is common in women after failed pregnancies, and becoming pregnant again while depression lingers can be dangerous, because of this many couples wait even longer than three months to begin trying to conceive again.