First Trimester

Your Pregnancy: Week 5

Here's a convenient coincidence: This, the week of your first missed period, is also the week when your hormone levels are high enough for that home pregnancy test to work its magic. Once you've seen the good news for yourself, it's time to schedule a prenatal appointment with your doctor.

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Here's a convenient coincidence: This, the week of your first missed period, is also the week when your hormone levels are high enough for that home pregnancy test to work its magic. Once you've seen the good news for yourself, it's time to schedule a prenatal appointment with your doctor.

> How do home pregnancy tests work?
> What questions should you ask the OB?
> Know your beta level basics?
> See all first trimester Q&As



Baby's now the size of an appleseed!
Your embryo, which doesn't look like much more than a tadpole right now, is actually starting to form major organs (heart, kidney, liver, stomach) and systems (nervous, circulatory, digestive). Baby's presence in your uterus triggers production of HCG (the hormone detected by pregnancy tests), which triggers the production of other hormones like estrogen and progesterone, which triggers all those great symptoms you've probably been noticing!



To-do:
> Develop an exercise routine
> Reminder: Schedule your prenatal checkup
> Go to your checklist

[ tip ] Starting the caffeine wean? Sip hot water with fresh lemon juice for a refresher. The drink will also boost liver function and cleanse your palate.

> Chat with other moms-to-be who share your due date

> Read more about being 5 weeks pregnant

All medical information reviewed by Dr. Geeta K. Swamy, Duke University Medical Center OB/GYN Department