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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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jyvonnes14 - 4 days ago
The Steve Harvey talk show is looking for newly pregnant women or couples that want to break the news of their exciting baby coming into their life to their family in a fun way. If you are interested please contact: Jasmine Stephen 312 836 4801 Thank you so much!

goingcrazywithfourth - 19 days ago
Had a US today and no yolk sac yet :( Dr said it was normal but I have had 3 MCs so of course I'm worried. I have another one scheduled in 2 weeks.

goingcrazywithfourth - 20 days ago
Yay week 5!!

JDH - 27 days ago
Hi ladies! I'm feeling a little strange so far with this pregnancy. It's #4 and my husband and I decided to wait a while to tell people. His family will be super supportive and excited but I'm worried that my mom will not share in our excitement. Just worrying me a little. I'm not sure how I'll hide it for too long. My bloating has been awful just like with #3 and my belly button has already started changing. It's possible I'm further along. I have an 11 month old and never got my period back before testing positive for this pregnancy! I'm excited for them to be so close.

june2012 - 28 days ago
Exactly 5weeks today and so far I am okay except that I get tired. Op everyone else is doing fine in here... - 40 days ago
I'm so tired can barely do anything during the day at nights by 7 pm I'm done

lasal - 41 days ago
I five weeks 2 days and so tired! Anyone else this tired?

JustTheBaker - 47 days ago
WilliamsonBabies, if you are still around, there is a very good chance you are still pregnant! HCG levels double about every 48-72 hours while pregnant, but sometimes they are off to a slow start. I'm a surrogate, so had my HCG levels tested. Mine were low to start too, but have started doubling, and I've just hit 5 weeks now. Good luck to you!

xEricaLynn - 52 days ago
@shellybelly ~ Your due date will vary according to the progress your baby is making regarding his or her size as the pregnancy progresses. My last period was November 7, 2014, and according to calculators I should be due August 13, 2015. However, my OB has my due date as August 16, 2015. I wouldn't worry too much about your due date, as baby will come when he or she is ready anyway. Congrats! :)

shellybelly81 - 52 days ago
if you get a positive 5 days before your missed period, does that move your due date up? it obviously implanted early.

ladylinksbaby - 55 days ago
So i go in tomorrow morning to my doctors to be referred ro a ob. Nausea just set in so im bummed about that lol.

WilliamsonBabies - 56 days ago
I am sad to report that I had a MC on May 22nd at 5 weeks along. When I went to the ER and they tested my blood for my HCG level and it came back as 19 (which is really low). My Dr told me to get my blood taken a week later to make sure it had returned to 0. So I went and had my blood taken on 05-29-15 and my HCG level came back as 23.42. My Dr was very confused about this because it should not have gone up at all!! She told me to try the same blood test a week later. So on Friday June 5th I had my blood taken again and this time my HCG level doubled it is now at 44.84!! So now they are going to be doing an ultrasound this wendsday to try and find out what is going on. I have looked online but have not found anything similar to my case. Has anyone heard of this? I am totally at a loss on what is going on with my body. Is there any chance I could still be pregnant?

3scompany - 73 days ago
Hi, I got 2 bfp's on tuesday. This is my 6th pregnancy, and I have 3 kids. It wasn't completely unexpected, but it was still surprising! I'm excited! For now, my due date is Jan 20th. My first appointment is June 11th. My early ultrasounds usually end up pushing my due date to 9 days past the due date calculators.

WilliamsonBabies - 73 days ago
Hello week five!! I can't wait for my first appointment!! They are making me wait till I am 8 weeks before the Dr will see me!! It seems like forever!!

Arborlon - 76 days ago
Just found out I'm pregnant a few days ago. Estimated due date January 15th. Still shocked lol.

clairemumof6 - 77 days ago
Hi and congratulations on your pregnancies, would any of you like to join a Facebook group for January mums? It's a private group so no one else can see it, add me on Facebook if you do... x

jennylee3 - 79 days ago
Hi Ladies! Due January 11th with my 3rd. Very excited :)

vickiessecret - 82 days ago
Hey I just found out I'm pregnant last week, according to the dates i'm going by I'm 5+1 today and I'm due around January 12, 2016. It won't let me select that as my due date though, so I selected Dec 31st...Lol

babymum2010 - 84 days ago
Anyone with me in week 5?!?!?!?!

wasted-space - 93 days ago
Hey! I'm 5 weeks today with my third. Morning sickness varies with each pregnancy. Every one is different. My daughter I had horrible morning sickness from 5 weeks til the end of the first trimester. My son it was all through the 2nd trimester. I was fine the first. This time I'm only feeling slightly nauseous. Don't worry if some things happen differently this time round. It is normal :)

rachel j - 94 days ago
Hi Everyone. I found out I am pregnant with my 2nd child last week. My daughter just turned 8, so it's been a while since I was last pregnant. I'm trying to remember when morning sickness starts. I thought I had it by 5 weeks, but so far I haven't had any. I'm just really tired and my back hurts a lot. Is anyone having morning sickness already? I know I should be happy that I'm feeling so good, but I'm also worried that something is wrong since last time I was so sick.

weber3 - 102 days ago
I will be checking the toilet paper until baby is here.

mamadownoz - 103 days ago
Just found this: 5 weeks LMP 18 – 7,340 mIU/ml 6 weeks LMP 1,080 – 56,500 mIU/ml Maybe you're 6weeks Healthymum?

mamadownoz - 103 days ago
Healthymum that's fantastic!! I'm not sure what levels are normal for this stage, I should get around to booking an appt to find out!

Healthymum - 103 days ago
What levels has everyone else had for 5wks?

Healthymum - 103 days ago
Oh gosh, I just got my 5wk hcg blood levels and they are 17000!!! Just breath!! i have appt with doctor tomorrow, so I will get her to double check my dates, but I am an RN and I know my dates are spot on! So twins???? Crap.....

MamaDownOZ - 104 days ago
Yes Healthymum! It's crazy I wish I could relax. This morning I felt fine again so symptoms so panicked, but now I'm dizzy and have groin pain, I remember that with my first so here's hoping it's all going good! Oh it's such a long way to go!!

Healthymum - 104 days ago
Me too MamaDownOZ, haha, on both ticking into 5 weeks and MC last pregnancy at 5wks6days, and haha checking everytime you pee!! LOL.

MamaDownOZ - 105 days ago
I've just ticked over into 5wks today, I'm nervous and excited. We lost our last pregnancy at 6 weeks so I feel like I'm checking the toilet paper every time I pee and constantly worrying if my symptoms have stopped! I wish I could be as relaxed as I was the first time around. My boobies are sore and am eating a lot! Also feeling light headed now and then. I'm wearing some sea ands to settle the queezyness which seems to help. Hope everyone else is feeling good and keeping positive :))

weber3 - 106 days ago
ugh my house stinks so bad right now. and I wish I could crave veggies and have food a versions to potato chips instead lol.

weber3 - 106 days ago
@Sarah I think it is normal to have pain there. I have had many different kinds of pain in that area. is it the round ligament type pain that hurts sharply when you get up or move?

amy110 - 106 days ago
Weber and msteach, glad to be here with you, it's so exciting!! We've been planning my 40th birthday party for the end of this month...gotta shift gears a little, haha :)

sarah4186 - 106 days ago
Does anyone else have discomfort in the groin area? It's not constant but it started yesterday so I'm just putting my feet up today.

msteach64 - 106 days ago
Amy-I'll be turning 39 so we ate in the same situation.

weber3 - 108 days ago
@Amy congrats and glad to be on this journey with you. I had a healthy baby at 40 and another at 42 and hoping this one will turn out the same. almost at week 7. eachieve new day is a miracle to me. there are several of us ava mama's on here.

amy110 - 108 days ago
Hi Girls :) So excited to be back. Glad to make it to week 5 - the first weeks of the first trimester are so scary. Lost two in the past, but was blessed with two as well! I pray this one is strong and healthy - turning 40 at the end of the month, and this may be nearing our last shot. So glad to be here!!!

weber3 - 110 days ago
I know I can only handle one baby at a time so surely that's all God is gonna give me. Wishing for a boy cause my boys are the best. But I will not be disappointed whatever I get. My girl is a big handful so one girl is enough but for her sake I would like a girl cause she wants a sister so bad.

aussiemum86 - 110 days ago
I'm really looking forward to the 12th of may for my first u/s not that far away but I'm dying to get it done to male sure there is 1 bub and not 2 I'd die if i had twins lol. I have 2 boys so really hoping for a girl but will be blessed with what ever as long as the baby is healthy.

weber3 - 111 days ago
@sarah yeah after a loss our innocence is taken away and pregnancy just isnt the same carefree experience. it is full of fears and tears and analyzing everything we or our bodies do or feel. i just try to take one day at a time and enjoy today and thank God every time i pee and there is no blood on the toilet paper. I feel good about this pregnancy and so hope that my feelings are right.

weber3 - 111 days ago
@aussiemom i have my first appointment on the 12 of may as well. i feel quite queasy at times. not sure how this pregnancy will go but i am never sick, just feel sick. and yeah my breasts are so tender. i nearly lose it when anyone touches them.

weber3 - 111 days ago
@notsureandscared. I am glad you told your mom. Hope she was ok with it. How did she react? just thought since you brought God into the picture.....i think praying about this a dangerous thing...abortion is wrong before God. It is murder which is never right. so God would never tell us to abort our babies.

EmbracingNumber2 - 111 days ago
@weber3 Thank you for your encouragement!!! I finally told my mom today and I will see what GOD says outside of my bf's voice and my own fears voice... Praying through it all.

sarahann - 111 days ago
Thanks weber3! The one I lost was my second pregnancy, it was towards the end of 2008, so a while ago now. I didn't know we had lost it until I had a scan and showed the heart had stopped beating. It was in the first trimester and I had to go for a D&C as I didn't miscarry naturally. I never worried with the first pregnancy, but now after the missed miscarriage I've been anxious ever since.

aussiemum86 - 112 days ago
Today my bb are killing me really tender today. Apart from that i haven't had any nausea i guess that's a good thing in one way. I do feel sorry for the other mummies that get really bad ms. I booked for my first gyno appt today i go on the 12th may. Soo looking forward to that. I head to the doctors tomorrow to get a referal for the gyno and book a dating scan not that i really.need one but i get to see bubs, so any chance i can take i will. Has anyone else been to there doctor yet or had an u/s ?

weber3 - 114 days ago
Isn't it so amazing that these little ones already have a hear?just been studying the picture in week 5

weber3 - 114 days ago
@sarahann congrats and praying you have a great pregnancy. I had one baby at age 40 and one at 42 and hoping this pregnancy goes well. Glad to be on this journey with you. And sorry for your previous loss. How long ago was it? I had a loss about 3 months before my 2 year old. @jory yeah I appreciated hearing your input about older mom's.

EmbracingNumber2 - 114 days ago
I'm not married. Just found out I'm pregnant on Tuesday. My boyfriend and I are from two opposite cultures (Black & Arab) and just made it official although I've known him for a while... we're in the 'honeymoon' phase of falling in love and I'm afraid... abortion is being discussed (although I've never had one) and I'm just not sure how his family will tolerate our child... part of me is super excited since my son is 5 and i wanted more children... well once I was married & settled. Mostly venting but feel free to comment any advice.

sarahann - 114 days ago
Thanks jory927! That's great to know from a 'child's' point of view :)

jory927 - 114 days ago
Congrats @sarahann!! My mom had me at 43, I have loved having an 'older' mom!

aussiemum86 - 114 days ago
Hello week 5! Yay! Hows everyone doing?

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