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Your `fetus`, about 5 weeks old

You are now in your second month of pregnancy and your developing baby is 3 weeks! You might just be finding out that you are pregnant and may have many concerns and questions. Some women still do not realize that they are pregnant yet. You might have already had a positive pregnancy test. Many tests can show a positive test result 10 days after conception, but it is recommended that you wait until you have actually missed your period. The baby has not grown very much from last week and is now approximately 1.25 mm long. You will not `show` yet for some time.

At this point in your pregnancy, you may begin to experience some symptoms. One early symptom of pregnancy is nausea. Some women will actually vomit and others will not. The nausea and/or vomiting that occur during pregnancy are called morning sickness. Most of the time morning sickness is worse in the morning, but not always. Morning sickness does usually improve or disappear by the end of the first trimester. Another early sign of pregnancy is the increased need to urinate. Frequent urination can continue throughout the remainder of the pregnancy because of the growing uterus and increased amount of fluids you are drinking. Many women also notice breast changes early in pregnancy. It is common to feel a tingling or sore sensation in the breasts or nipples. You might notice that the area around the nipple, the areola, becomes darker during pregnancy. It is also not uncommon to feel tired or fatigued at this point. You might feel like you need to nap at lunchtime and you may need to go to bed earlier to accommodate your body's needs.

As early as this week, the plate that will become the heart has developed. Your baby's brain, spinal cord, muscles, and bone formation are also beginning to form. The baby's skeleton is forming at this time as well. The embryo has a distinct organization that has a top, bottom, left, right, front and back. It is important that you continue or begin to take your prenatal vitamins to prevent birth defects.

On your initial doctors visit you may be checked on Hematocrit, hemoglobin, white blood cell count, blood group type, Rh factor, antibodies to blood group antigens, VDRL, rubella anti-Body titer, hepatitis B, toxoplasmosis, urine culture, and HIV.

Sometimes as early as the second month of pregnancy, the insides of your hands and the bottoms of your feet may itch and take on a reddish hue. This annoying condition is called palmar erythema. The increased color is nothing more than a curiosity of pregnancy.

See also:
Skin changes
Home pregnancy tests

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DreamingOf2 - 21.3 hours ago
Thanks Nadiamov. I had to create a new profile as well. - 1 days ago
Darn it it will not let me go on to my profile and update my details... I might have to make a new account - 1 days ago
Dreaming of 2 I had the same thing happen to me with my second daughter so it could as well be fine :) Christina 7289 I have had this a couple of times.. it doesn't sound good but keep positive hun it could be the dates messed up... good luck xxx

DreamingOf2 - 1 days ago
Hello ladies I am so happy to be here in week 5. I have a 2 1/2 year old son. I am having some light brown spotting and I had some light cramping the other day. I called the nurse and she said it was fine so long as the blood was not bright red. Has anyone dealt with this? My ultrasound is in 2 weeks.

christina7289 - 1 days ago
I had an ultrasound and they said They saw thieves sack but no baby anyone ever had this happen before - 2 days ago
Heather Johnson did you get to see a heartbeat? If yes I wouldn't be worried. But even if you didn't there is always a chance that everything is still fine I dont really remember if it was week 5 or 6 that you get to see hb xxx

patiently waiting - 2 days ago
seriously...heart burn already? its going to be a long few months! I also agree that the groups are a lot smaller now than they were with my previous babies....i checked a few weeks up to see if it gets better (Assuming people in our week are still getting BFP) and all of them are pretty small.

Heather Johnson - 3 days ago
Hi ladies, I just got an ultrasound today & the baby is measuring 5 weeks 6 days but from my last period I should be 7 weeks 1 day. Should I be concerned? My next OB appt isn't until the 28th of October. - 3 days ago
Thank you ellemonroe I hope so too :) xxx

ellemonroe - 4 days ago
Your body is building a whole human being... so even though some people have smooth pregnancies from beginning to end that is very rare.. I on the other hand am never that lucky.... even though right now I am not having any symptoms eccept no AF... I am sure it is coming I started feeling a bit queezy today but nothing major.... so keep your head up girly this too shall pass @ nadia - 4 days ago
Thank you ellemonroe I haven't got it yet and also got some weird feelings like my belly gone all floppy and breasts too they were firm a couple days ago... I also feel mild pain like you get before period so I am trying to stay positive that it will all go well this time around.. xxx

Ellemonroe - 4 days ago
I swear things have changed so much around here the groups are so much smaller and no one really talks anymore.... we gotta spruce things up around here ladies

ellemonroe - 4 days ago
Hope you feel better as well @ naudia - 5 days ago
I am Starting to feel sick too Christina I hope I will not get hyperemesis again. This is my 3rd baby

Ellemonroe - 5 days ago
well welcome back @ skydivedoc and congrats on new baby and your anniversary.....I hope you feel better @ christina..... oily hair hmmm nope don't think I have come across that one yet... but one time my hair got really thin,and another time it was really thick and grew really quickly.... everytime is different....@ patiently

christina7289 - 6 days ago
I'm 5 weeks today and I woke up feeling sick

patiently waiting - 6 days ago
i feel so gross....this is my fourth baby but i dont remember my hair and skin feeling so oily with the other ones. anyone else?

skydivedoc - 6 days ago
I'm back! I haven't been on here for a really long time but I discovered today that I'm pregnant with baby #3- due date is June 18, 2015. My husband & I had our 5th anniversary yesterday & my daughter is turning 4 tomorrow so it's quite an exciting weekend! I'm looking forward to going through this with all of you. :D

Ellemonroe - 6 days ago
Hello everyone I am back again.... this is baby number 4 for us and to tell you the truth i am very much looking forward too it..... although my fiance is not.... he is not so excited this time around. considering we have a 10 yr old son, 3 yr old son, and a 2 yr old daughter. but I am sure he will warm up to what's to come. From what I have been reading baby number 4 is a lttle bit easier of a transition. So anyhow just want to hi to all of the lovely ladies that will be taking this journey with me.....

tabby607 - 17 days ago
Heading over to 6 weeks tomorrow. Which I'm super excited about... hope your guys symptoms subside.Best of wishes... see you guys soon

honeymoon-surprise - 18 days ago
Maybe go see your Dr? I'm sure you've read what shoulder pain can indictae! better to ask the question than worry at home! x

ekstandridge32 - 18 days ago
Having some shoulder pain... Stupid WebMD now has me freaking out. Anybody else having shoulder pain?

SMG2 - 18 days ago
Hello ladies!! Well this is my 2nd baby(3rd pregnancy) and I'm experiencing a lot of symptoms unlike my 1st (2nd pregnancy) . Nauseous (Hardly want to eat anything), moodiness(which is so unlike me, I'm a very laid back girl. N my husband can't wait for me to deliver already.. lol) . Worst of all is I miss my work outs n since I had a miscarriage my husband and me thought it best for me to stop working out especially in my 1st trimester. I feel so lost my regiment is gone. Although I am SUPER EXCITED for my baby to be here, This is going to be a hard pregnancy it seams like. :/

honeymoon-surprise - 19 days ago
First day in week 5!! Only symptom I seem to be having is heartburn but cant understand why so early! I only ever got it towards the end with my other 2 and got it really really bad! Hope this isn't a sign of having it worse this time! :-( other than that really don't feel pregnant yet! Looking forward to scan to have confirmation that all is ok! x

mizz piggy - 19 days ago
Wow my.breast is hurtn me noww today ughhh ladies u there

tabby607 - 20 days ago
I feel the same if it wasn't for the multiple pregnancy test I would swear I wasn't pregnant.

Amanda0510 - 20 days ago
I am having a few symptoms. No morning sickness but I do have bouts of nausea, sore bb's, heartburn, and frequent urination.

emmyjoe - 20 days ago
Hi tabby607! The lack of symptoms is driving me nuts! I have nothing yet. No sore BB's, no sickness, no cravings or aversions... if it weren't for the positive test, (lets be honest--multiple positive tests) i would never suspect i was pregnant. I am tired, but i also have a 5 month old keeping me up at night, so i cant even call that a symptom! It makes me worry that all is not well. Time will tell i guess!

tabby607 - 21 days ago
How is everyone doing? Any morning sickness? Cravings? Smells that bother you yet? For me no morning sickness. At little nauseated here or there. Nothing bothers me yet on smells. And no Cravings that I can think of. With my DS everything smelled like death and treated like dirt. By now.congrats to everyone

tabby607 - 24 days ago
Yea. I agree... :)

emmyjoe - 24 days ago
@tabby607, i think it is great having it either way! And in my case its kinda both ways! Lol. :)

tabby607 - 24 days ago
My kids are really spaced out. I have a 4 yr old about to be 5 at the end of the month. And a 11 yr old gonna be 12 in Nov.... then this little bundle of joy.. but I think I like it this way.

Jen-mumtobeof5 - 25 days ago
That's awesome news :) being the age gap between your older 2, and your youngest, she's most definately love to have someone close in age. Funny how things work out :)

emmyjoe - 26 days ago
It will be a good thing! Im excited and nervous all at the same time. Its so crazy, cuz it took us so long (6years) to have our first. She's now 11. Then her sister came along she's now 10. I wanted more, but found out i had some heart issues. 2 surgeries and 3 years later they gave me to the go ahead to try, but i decided i was too old... after a couple years i talked my husband into just getting off birth control and see what happened! So now we have quite a big gap in our children's ages. So i am really happy that my baby will have a sibling close to her age! :)

Jen-mumtobeof5 - 26 days ago
@emmyjoe Yeah I am thinking that at least til I see a heart beat then I'll tell people. Just hard not to say anything when your bursting with excitement lol. I didn't think I'd be able to have more children as i had a cancer removed 2 years ago & was on mirena for 3 years, then after removal found out I had a cyst on my right ovary which was causing a lot of pain & they were concerned that might be cancerous too. So chances were slim. I had the all clear though & cyst is now gone :) People look at me crazy even wanting more as I have 4 already, but this will be my first with long term partner :) Congratulations on your news too! It's good to have kids close in age I think :)

emmyjoe - 26 days ago
...oops, she is 5 months now. :)

emmyjoe - 26 days ago
@ Jen, i told my dad, only because i was freaking out when i first found out, and made him swear not to tell a sole! It took me a few days to build up the courage to tell my husband... I just had a baby 4 months ago! So i really wasn't expecting this one! LOL :) i will wait at least until i see a good healthy heart beat before i tell my older girls. But they cant keep a secret to save their lives so i may not tell them until after the new year when im ready for the world to know. ;)

Jen-mumtobeof5 - 26 days ago
@mom2be I hope everything goes ok for you xoxo you'll be in my thoughts big hugs

Jen-mumtobeof5 - 26 days ago
Morning ladies, is anyone else not telling family or friends until they reach the 12 week mark? I'm nearly 6 weeks & am finding it really hard not to tell anyone, especially my children until then. I'm happy to tell people, my partner is adimant not to let anyone know til 12 weeks... Driving me insane lol

emmyjoe - 26 days ago
@Mom2be, im so sorry to hear this! I hope and pray all goes well and you get the family of your dreams!

older1sttimemom2Be - 26 days ago
Well ladies, I had an ultrasound on Thursday and they see something in my right tube. I go back tomorrow for another ultrasound to confirm and figure out how to deal with it. If anyone has any advice on ectopic pregnancies I would be grateful. I am so scared and so sad that our chances of having another child have just gotten even lower with this news. I am 5 weeks 5 days today.

emmyjoe - 31 days ago
@....mom2Be, I sure hope everything turns out okay! The waiting game sure is a nerve wracking one! My best to you!!

older1sttimemom2Be - 31 days ago
Hi ladies I need some advice. I am 44 and have a 2 1/2 year old daughter. I foud out I am pregnant on Sept. 10th when I took a test and was totally shocked because I thought we were out this month. AF wasn't due until 3 or 4 days later. I went the next day for my first Betahcg and it was only 12. The next one, 2 days later was 20 and 2 days later 30 then 3 days later 81. I went today, and it was 276 but that's after almost 5 full days. My OB and his nurse are concerned that my numbers are low and not doubling every 48 hours. Everything I have read says it can be every 72 hours too. They are thinking ectopic already. I am devastated. With my daughter, my level was 191 at 15 dpo, so I am definitely concerned with these low numbers at supposedly 5 weeks pregnant. is there anyone who has had low levels like this early on but went on to have a healthy baby? I also read that boy babies are slow risers. I wonder if there is any truth to this? I am grasping at straws with worry. I have an ultrasound on Thursday but don't know how I will make it till then worrying about all this. Thanks in advance - 36 days ago
Thanks for your comment xxx got my ultrasound today only 5 weeks and 3 days. My due date adjusted from may 8 to 19 :)

anxiousmothertobe - 37 days ago
Hello, I am a mother of two beautiful girls. The oldest is 4 and a half and the younger one is 15 months old. I peed on a stick last week and got a positive. I was so in shock that i had to pee the second time to believe it. This baby was and still is a surprise for us, but either way we will still love it. I look forward on going through this journey with you beautiful women. tomorrow I'm going to my OB/GYN to have a pregnancy test, and then begins the journey. :-)

PrincessMom - 42 days ago - oh no I'm so sorry for your loss, may his soul rest in peace... but congrats on your pregnancy... H&H 9 months... I'm TTC two days before AF due date, with bunch of BFN HPT so sad :( - 43 days ago
i think i am 5 weeks along now, who would have thought getting pregnant would have happened that quick!? the time is going slowly at the moment. it's very stressful for me, as dad died just 2 days ago :(

PrincessMom - 46 days ago
@Preciousgift2 - I remember you as lollipop1... I was here around the same time I had my DD beginning 2012 and my name is Luv2bmom or something now I'm back with this new account... I just barely got a positive test, hoping for a BFP soon! H&H 9 months! - 49 days ago
I wasn't patient enough to wait. Until day 40 to make a urine test..confirmed pregnant with number 3.praise to God.

tazzysmumma - 49 days ago
I was like that with my husbands parents they were vile when we told them we was having our 3rd. so told them ASAP so i could get it over and done with as it was causing me so much anxiety. I was surprised when they just laughed about us needing a bus. Hopefully you wont get a rough ride. I am over to 6 weeks now (in the UK) just need this thing to update!

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