05 Jan 5 Weeks Pregnant – Pregnancy Week by Week
Woohoo! You are 5 weeks pregnant and you have a positive test to prove it and everything! It’s official – that one night of 50 Shades of Grey is giving you 40 Weeks of Cray! Congrats! Only 35 weeks to go! Get ready because here’s where stuff gets all kinds of fun!
Now’s the time to call your doctor and set up your first prenatal appointment. Most doctors don’t bring you in for this appointment until you’re 7 or 8 weeks pregnant, so it’s a hurry-up-and-wait kind of thing, but you’ll see that baby and hear that heartbeat soon enough.
Speaking of your genius child, in one week alone, your baby has grown from the size of a poppy seed to a black peppercorn. That’s A LOT of growth for just 7 days! Talk about a miracle!
5 Weeks Pregnant from the Doctor:
The placenta begins to form in week 5. The placenta is your baby’s life-support system. Oxygen, nutrients, and hormones from your blood are able to cross the placenta to reach the baby, and waste products from the baby are transferred back over for removal. Knowing your blood type is important in pregnancy, especially if you experience bleeding before your first appointment. Any bleeding in pregnancy should prompt a phone call to your Ob/Gyn, even if it is light spotting. Depending on the degree of bleeding or a patient’s personal history, blood type “Rh negative” women may pass a substance across the placenta that can be harmful. A simple injection can prevent this from happening so the sooner you consult with your doctor about bleeding or spotting, the better.
5 Weeks Pregnant from the Pregnant Lady:
This is the week that all the symptoms started to really hit me. On the one hand, I’m thankful for them because they make me FEEL like I’m pregnant and everything is going well [seriously, I’m the messed up girl that keeps telling myself it’s too good to be true until I see an ultrasound], but on the other hand this is NOT fun. Like, no thank you. My boobs hurt, I’m tired all the time, the babe is making me sick sick SICK, I want Halal Food and then egg rolls and then doughnuts and then biscuits [this appetite is very global] and then I have RAGING heartburn that keeps me from ever wanting to eat a bite of food ever again. You are worth it, baby, but this is no cake walk, that’s for sure.
Still, I’m so so happy. Burpy, but happy. I’m going to be a mommy again! WHEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!
What are you feeling?
The fatigue is real, y’all. I mean seriously, I feel like walking up one flight of stairs is as big of a deal as climbing Mount Everest. I’m finding myself STRU-GUH-LING through every workout from the moment I start moving through the end. All I want to do is lie down and take a nap, but there’s this thing called my toddler who doesn’t allow for much rest time. Here’s a helpful hint for all you first time moms… REST NOW. REST REST REST. Take advantage of the couch-sitting time you have now, because the next time you’re pregnant and couch-sitting, there will be an alien-child using your body as a jungle gym and stepping on your already sore boobs to make it to the top of your head. It’s a thing. Get ready.
Pregnancy dreams are hysterical and crazy! They make life so much more exciting, honestly. The weird dreams have already started for me, and when I wake up, I remember every single crazy detail as if it were real. [I have to remind myself that, no, John Mayer did not take me out on a date with my husband’s permission nor did he ask me to remove all of my makeup while standing under a street lamp in the snow].
I’ve also had crazy dreams where I wake up in the middle of the night CERTAIN that there’s an animal in the bed. It freaks my husband out. It’s happened more times that I’d like to admit.
This baby is already giving me a run for my money. Morning sickness is more like all-day-err-day-sickness for this momma here. I’m definitely finding myself more sick in the evenings, which was the case in my last pregnancy.
Feeling sick too? Here’s a helpful hint: keep snacks with you throughout the day, especially by your bed at night. Most women feel sick when they’re actually hungry, that’s why it’s typically worse in the mornings.
If you’re not sick yet, God bless you. Get ready, though, because most women experience it around weeks 6-8, and it’s not super fun. Worth it though.
I’m SUPER thirsty. I feel like I have a bottle of water with me everywhere I go. I find this to be true at night more than during the day. I have to have a big ‘ole glass of water by my bed before I go to sleep or else I will wake up in the middle of the night scratching and clawing to get to a sip of water. Excessive thirst is a normal symptom, though. Your body needs more water when you’re pregnant than normal, so stay hydrated!
You know what I want? A cheeseburger. Honey, be a dear and get me one. [7 minutes later] Honey, have you ordered the burger yet? Don’t get it! I need pizza. Yes, leave the burger joint and go pick up a pizza, please. [12 minutes later] Babe, don’t hate me. If I eat a pizza I will barf. Can you just go get me a chicken sandwich instead? Yes, I promise this is it. [25 minutes later] Thank you so much for this chicken sandwich! I really can’t wait to eat it! [opens the box and gets a whiff] OMG. Get this away from me. This is the most disgusting thing ever. I can’t eat it.
God bless my husband.
I’m weepy. Like, total crybaby over here. I don’t remember it being this bad last pregnancy. I am all kinds of emotional over here… For example, I boarded a Virgin America flight to Napa for my sister’s bachelorette party [try going to Napa and pretending to wine taste when you’re just sick as a dog] and I started crying watching the video they play that teaches you how to put on your seatbelt. It’s not inspiring at all. It actually has a great beat, but I guess I was moved?
Here’s the video. Now you can imagine me sitting alone on the airplane next to strangers and silently weeping as I watch them dance the robot. It’s just… [sob]… so… [sob]… beautiful! #losercentral
How to Survive this week:
Rest if you can. If you can still eat healthy without needing to hit the restroom, do it. Your baby needs things like Folate, which is in leafy greens like spinach. If you can’t even think about vegetables without feeling sick [hey there, that’s me!] eat whatever you can stomach. Your baby craves what it needs, so eat what you can and rest if you can. Make sure you’re taking those prenatal vitamins and bask in the amazing glory that you are expecting. As always, try to stay hydrated and if you experience bleeding, which can be normal, call your doctor!
1st Trimester Resources
Here are some posts you mind find helpful during your first trimester: