You at 5 weeks pregnant
‘Hmmm, no period’, you think. ‘Could I be pregnant?’
Now could be a good time to do a home pregnancy test if you’ve missed a period and you’ve been sexually active. Pregnancy tests measure the amount of a hormone called human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG). Different kits show results in different ways, so read and follow the instructions carefully.
A positive pregnancy test
For many women, pregnancy is something to celebrate. For some women, it might come as a complete surprise or shock. Even if you’ve been planning to have a baby, finding out that you’re pregnant can bring some mixed emotions or uncertainty about what lies ahead.
Your pregnancy experience can be affected by other things going on in your life, like:
- whether your pregnancy was planned
- whether you have a partner
- how much help you expect to have with raising your child
- how long it took you to get pregnant
- whether you’ve had any pregnancy losses in the past, like miscarriage or stillbirth
- whether you’ve had medical assistance, like IVF
- whether you’re in a stable relationship
- whether you’ve felt pressure from your partner or family to get pregnant.
Sharing the news
You might want to think about when and how you'd like to share the news with others. If you have a partner, it's a good idea to talk with them about this. Planning how you'd like to share the news can help you avoid hurt feelings, disagreements and the chance that excited family and friends spread the news for you!
Be prepared for a variety of reactions from people when you tell them your pregnancy news.
Signs of early pregnancy
This week you might be experiencing some signs of early pregnancy. For example, you might:
- feel more tired than usual
- want to go to the toilet more often – especially at night
- feel nauseous or even vomiting
- feel some tenderness in your breasts.
Every woman is different when it comes to morning sickness. Some women don’t get it at all, and some get it all day. A few (about 1%) get it so severely they can’t keep any food or fluids down. This is called hyperemesis gravidarum. If you’re having very severe symptoms, see your GP.
Your baby when you’re 5 weeks pregnant
From now, your baby is called an embryo. Inside the amniotic sac, from head to tail, your baby will be about 2.5 mm long at the end of this week. Their brain, heart and spinal column have started to form.