5 Week Pregnancy
- Pregnancy Test, Positive or Not?

Your menstrual period did not come last week? How about this week? Though in this 5 week pregnancy, you feel like your period may be about to start at any moment, please reserve the feeling until next 12 months or more! Because, you won't get your regular menstrual period if you are pregnant. Instead, you better check with pregnancy test. During this pregnancy week 5, hcg level (pregnancy hormone) in your body is high enough to confirm your pregnancy.

You know what, only when fertilized egg embedded itself on the wall of uterus, then we can say that the conception has successfully occured. Well, it does not matter to you as long as your pregnancy test give you positive indication. It means you are pregnant and it does really matter, right? :)

During this pregnancy 5 weeks, you may need to know also about some complications that may happen to you especially in this early pregnancy. One of devastating complications is ectopic pregnancy, when the fertilized egg implants outside the uterus, especially in fallopian tube.

If you have some signs that something might be wrong including increasing vaginal bleeding, severe abdominal pain and nausea, you better consult your doctor.

Some early pregnancy symptoms that may occur to you during this 5 week pregnancy and changes happening to your baby as below:

Expectant mother:

  • During pregnancy week 5, pregnancy hormones are taking control of your body to make sure it develops in all ways necessary to nurture your baby.
  • Because of that, you will experience morning sickness (nausea in early pregnancy).
  • Please keep in mind that morning sickness does not necessarily happen in the morning. In some cases, it will continue happen until delivery! Hope you are not one of the unlucky person.
  • On top of that, your breasts feel more swollen and tender in this pregnancy 5 weeks.
  • You may also find yourself a need to urinate more than usual.
  • Lastly, mood swings may occur as well, as if you are having your regular menstrual period.

Fetus development:

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  • By 5 week pregnancy, your baby resembles a teeny tadpole, with a length around 1/12 inches (2 mm).
  • During this time, the embryo is made up of three layers - ectoderm, mesoderm and endoderm, which will later form all of his or her organs and tissues.
  • The neural tube from which your baby's brain, spinal cord, nerves and backbone will sprout, is starting to develop in the top layer, called ectoderm.
  • Internal organs such as heart, nervous system and digestive tract are developing in the middle layer, or mesoderm.
  • The third layer, endorderm will house your baby's lungs, intestines and urinary system, as well as his or her thyroid, liver and pancreas.
  • Primitive placenta and umbilical cord are also developing, together with amniotic sac. Amniotic sac is an envelope of fluid that cushions and protects your baby during pregnancy. It is this sac that ruptures when your 'water breaks' prior to delivery.
  • Please take note that every baby grows at his or her own pace during pregnancy. All of this information here is for your guideline only.

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