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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

Comments on week 5

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kathy=^.^= - 13.3 hours ago
Went to the dr today. Seen a fetal pole no heartbeat yet just to early. Gonna go back in 2 days to recheck my levels to make sure they are rising :)

nini210 - 18.5 hours ago
OH MY WORD!!! IM PREGNANT AGAIN AHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!! =D this will be my 2nd little one just turned 6 in feb i dont wanna put it out there all over facebook just yet so its nice to have a place like this to be excited! =)

kathy=^.^= - 2 days ago
I bleed yesterday enough for me to think I mc but today just some brown spotting. Normally after I mc I have my period. Feeling like there is some hope left. Havent even called the dr yet or even foundd one

Juliemom24 - 2 days ago
Mel90- Bleeding doesn't necessarily mean that you miscarried. Talk to your Dr. Many women bleed during their pregnancies (my SIL did for her entire last pregnancy) and it's completely normal. //Kathy// I am so sorry for your loss.

Mel90 - 2 days ago
Katy I had the same thing happen to me a week ago I found out I was pregnant n yesterday I started bleeding then it stop this morning does that mean I miscarried I'm confused I recently had a miscarriage

kathy=^.^= - 3 days ago
Found out I was pregnant a week ago. It was a surprise. Now today im bleeding. This will make mc #5 for us. Wondering if there is any hope left.

charcharsuperstar - 4 days ago
Beckybai1984... hi, I'm in week 6 but I love looking at the other weeks. I MC on Jan 31, I was 18.5 weeks. I just had one period and got here we are! We were going to let my body heal a few cycles and discuss another baby, and here I am pregnant! If you ever want to chat, let me know. I'm scared poopless, too, but I have a good feeling this baby is going to stick. I wish nothing but sticky baby dust to you!

Juliemom24 - 4 days ago
Zwiebelpulver, I use the What to Expect app. and I like it. Last pregnancy I used the that and the Babycenter app. There can never be too much info when you're obsessing about baby;)

shaym007 - 4 days ago
Hey dmm- I moved to 6 weeks today, I JUST started feeling nauseated on wed, and it hasnt gone away, its been a 24 hour thing :-/ Havent thrown up yet though! other wise I didnt feel pregnant, but I think I spoke too soon! Glad your Dr may see you sooner!

beckybai1984 - 5 days ago
I had a MC a few months back I was due in October I am shocked that I am expecting again and also scared

dmmarinewife - 5 days ago
I created a secret group on FB for dec moms- I will have to add you before I can add you to the group. If you want pm your email and I can look you up. Thanks ladies!

zwiebelpulver - 5 days ago
Oh a FB page would be nice as we could stay in contact after all the little ones are here.

dmmarinewife - 5 days ago
Also curious- should we make a FB group for us?

dmmarinewife - 5 days ago
Hi ladies- hope you're all good! After pushing and pushing my ob is finally going to see me soon (at 6 weeks) vs 8-10 weeks. I think bc I'm moving and I told them I want to make sure everything is good with pregnancy... Seeing as I didn't have a cycle btw the d&c and this preg. What are all of you feeling symptom wise? I have none- other than tired and hot all the time and cranky/irritable. No sore bbs no nausea etc.

shaym007 - 5 days ago
This is my third and I am super bloated and pudgy, like it's ridiculous, I just look chubby! I can't believe how noticeable it is already....

zwiebelpulver - 6 days ago
Hi, I feel bloated and like I could feel my uterus expanding. Strange feeling sometimes. Does anyone uses pregnancy apps on there phone? I got a few but can't really find the right one for me. I had a really nice one for my DD 3 years ago but can't find it anymore. Thanks!

Juliemom24 - 6 days ago
charcharsuperstar, I'm so sorry to hear that. That is one of my greatest fears. Sticky dust to all of us!//jih14// I feel like I'm gaining weight too. My friend told my yesterday that she always gains 5 lbs in the first month maybe it's normal for a lot of girls.

jlh14 - 6 days ago
Anyone showing yet? This is my 3rd baby, and there is certainly a noticeable bulge. I am sure most people just think I have been packing on the pounds, or hopefully at least, as I do not want to share the news with my co-workers, etc. until I am 12 weeks.

charcharsuperstar - 6 days ago
Juliemom, my Dr. won't see me until 8 weeks either. And I just had a 2nd trimester miscarriage 2 months ago. I'm having lots of symptoms now so I'm taking it as a good sign :)

Juliemom24 - 7 days ago
Congratulations everyone on your numbers going up! My Dr. won't even see me til I'm eight weeks so no numbers for me:( I guess I'm in limbo til then unless I decide to switch to a midwife (not that I know they will see me any earlier). I love the idea of a midwife but it kind of kills me not having this new baby born at the same hospital as DD if I do decide to switch. Anyone want to make a life decision for me? ;)

zwiebelpulver - 8 days ago
Just checking in... To Dammarine, Shaym and Meggz you three made it to the weeklies! Yay! It has been two month since I have been checking in, I am really happy for you! It is nice to see you here. I hope we all have healthy little sticky baby's on board! It's so exciting!

shaym007 - 8 days ago
My levels went from 270 last monday to 6268 this Monday!!! Sooo happy!

emilycastan - 8 days ago
babyloves--are there a lot of pregnant mamas that are due around the time we are? I don't want to join just yet because that'd be like announcing I'm pregnant on my FB wall as it shows which groups you join.

emilycastan - 8 days ago
shay, I was supposed to be 6 weeks on monday. My LMP was March 2nd. I wish I would have waited a little longer before my ultrasound. Ugh

shaym007 - 9 days ago
MeggZ mine was 270 last Monday and I am waiting to see what it is today! I prolly won't get a call until tomorrow

shaym007 - 9 days ago
Emily - at 5 week you can only see the yolk sac, you can't see the heartbeat until closer to 6 I was supposed have an us today (5weeks 3days?) and they rescheduled for next Monday cause they wont be able to see anything and doesn't want me to get upset. The heart starts beating around 21 days (after implantation not from lmp)

meggz - 9 days ago
Got my blood done again today... hcg should be somewhere around 5000 but it's over 18000!!!! Anyone know yours? Starting to really wonder if it's multiples! Off to week 6 tomorrow... Good luck ladies!!!

babyloves - 9 days ago
Hi girls don't forget to join iap mamas Facebook group! Very active

emilycastan - 9 days ago
SO I googled it and it seems that it can be common in the 5th week not to see the baby yet. Trying not to stress

emilycastan - 9 days ago
So I'm not sure if the ultrasound machines just suck in South Korea or what--what I just had my ultrasound and the only thing I could see was the yolk sac. She kept saying 'congratulations' but on the screen I didn't see a baby. I can upload a picture of the ultrasound but you can only see a faint outline of where the yolk sac is. Nothing about a heartbeat either or how far along I am. Ugh... I go back in 2 weeks but I'm feeling pretty frustrated.

charcharsuperstar - 9 days ago
Lissie** that's funny, my son calls candy (gummies) ooh-eeeee bec he can't even say canney! He's newly 2. How is every body? My nausea is hitting me fill force in the afternoon, esp right now, it's 6pm.

lissie**** - 10 days ago
Oh, and my 16.5 month old just said his 4th word maybe? The kids babbles all the time but makes no sense usually. Bless his heart. Worried he found a choke-able I asked him, 'what do you have in your mouth?!' To my surprise he actually responded,'aany'! as in candy with out the c or the d. And sure enough one of the older kids had given him a piece of candy. Lol prob not one of the first words I'd brag about but funny.

lissie**** - 10 days ago
I'm headed on a long road trip this week to visit with family across the USA! Hope my slight nausea doesn't decide to worsen eek! And I might not be on here much until next week but I will be back :) Have a happy Easter week to those that celebrate!

lissie**** - 10 days ago
pumpkinfairy// Even a FPL faint positive line almost always means BFP! //Meggz & Emilycastan// Thank you :) //shay// I know it will be a close call for you on the hb! Tech told me that a few days earlier might not been able to see mine either. Hope you see yours!

shaym007 - 10 days ago
Meggz last time I was in the pregnancy forum (I've came here with my last two girls) I believe there was 3 that had twins! So it is possible to have a few. :)

meggz - 10 days ago
Yay lissie!!! Nothing says 'there's a baby in there!' like a heartbeat!

pumpkinfairy - 10 days ago
hello everyone not sure if I'm actually pregnant or not, I had 2 faint positives on home testshopefully I'll be joining you all

shaym007 - 10 days ago
I really want to be able to see my babys heart beat when I go to the dr on Monday, but I dont think I will, I was only 5 weeks yesterday. So I am thinking it may be a few days too early. I am maybe thinking about pushing the ultrasound back a few days!! I will see. Congrats to those who saw it!

emilycastan - 11 days ago
congrats, lissie! I can't wait for my appointment!

lissie**** - 11 days ago
Well I had my scan today and I am 5w6d according to the scan. Saw a hb :) 109

Juliemom24 - 11 days ago
charcharsuperstar, that's comforting/horrible to hear. haha. I was hoping that I would just feel good this whole pregnancy but I guess things might start in a few days... It's good to feel pregnant though so you know that things are working good. So happy for you!

meggz - 11 days ago
Everyone around me insists I'm having twins haha! I never have any early symptoms but they've come with a vengeance so far! Between that and having been on soy isos and having a couple sets of twins in the family, it doesn't seem like such a long shot! Twins would make me absolutely over the moon! How funny would it be to have a few of us in here all with twins? Have more bloodwork Monday then I'll get to start scheduling things! Can't wait to see how many are in there and to just see a little heartbeat!!!

charcharsuperstar - 11 days ago
Hi all, it's Fri afternoon here on the west coast of the U.S. and just this morning I was getting worried bec I didn't 'feel'pregnant. Well by this afternoon.... a ravenous appetite, nausea and super sore boobs have kicked in. After a loss I am actually really happy ! :)

lissie**** - 13 days ago
Well, then Emily you have a very good reason to wonder if it will be twins! I'll be waiting to hear the verdict :) JULIESMOM// Hey girl! How crazy is that? Our babies were born days apart last time. It's really great to have you back with me! //daisy// yes men are funny! My husband said the only thing better than having my daughter would be having two of her! you know what he means.

emilycastan - 13 days ago
I had twins my first pregnancy- identical twin boys. They're 5 now :)

Juliemom24 - 14 days ago
Lissie! It's good to see a familiar name in here. Crazy we're both pregnant again at the same time!

daisyreh - 14 days ago
Emily & Lissie my husband has been praying for twins for each of my pregnancies. Lol! This is my 3rd! He is certain it must be this time. There are no twins on either side, but he is sure we will have twins. :) Identical twin girls would be his dream!

lissie**** - 14 days ago
Emily, it's funny you said baby or babies b/c I will wonder and stress a little until I know if this pregnancy is twins or singleton. My family has twins galore (grandma had twins, two of my aunts had twins) though I still don't think I will have twins. It's the first question my grandma asks, 'It isn't twins is it?'

emilycastan - 14 days ago
Daisy, would you add me on Facebook? I'm going to make it a secret group so only members inside can see what we're posting. :) I'll add the link with the group afterwards. Anyone else, please feel free to add me on Facebook!! Here is my link: So I have my first doctor appointment coming up on the 14th :) I'm so excited! They're doing bloodwork and an early ultrasound! Can't wait to see my little baby! ...or babies! :) Hope you all are doing well

lissie**** - 14 days ago
I am feeling pretty great so far. Possible low progesterone. Not sure if I still do? I am tired and fatigued but no real nausea yet...which would be a first since I had it with my other pregnancies. I also have my ultrasound coming up this Friday. I am not sure of my due date just b/c my cycle is 23 days. It's good to see you ladies on here! Congrats to all!

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