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5 Weeks Pregnant Ultrasound: Exciting First Glimpse of Your Growing Baby!

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5 Weeks Pregnant: Ultrasound

What can you expect to see on a 5 week pregnant ultrasound?

Congratulations! You’re now five weeks pregnant, which means you’ve officially entered your second month of pregnancy. Although you may not feel any different, your body is already working hard to nurture and protect the little life growing inside you. A private ultrasound is an important tool doctors use to monitor your baby’s health and track its development. In this article, we’ll explore what you can expect to see on a five-week ultrasound, changes in your body, tips for staying healthy, signs of miscarriage to look out for, and advice for your partner.

A 5-week pregnant ultrasound may help you see your baby. At this stage, your baby is still just a tiny embryo. It measures about the size of a grain of rice – less than 1/2 cm long and is nestled inside a small gestational sac. Although it’s likely you won’t be able to see much on an ultrasound at this stage, it may be possible to confirm that your pregnancy is progressing normally by detecting the gestational sac and possibly a yolk sac, which provides nourishment to the embryo until the placenta takes over.

Unsure if you are 5 weeks pregnant?

If you have missed your normal period dates and have had unprotected intercourse then there is a possibility you could be pregnant. To check you can easily perform a home pregnancy test which can be purchased from your local pharmacy. This test analyses tiny quantities of pregnancy hormone in your urine and can be performed anytime from the date you missed your period.

The pregnancy test will typically show a clear positive if you are 5 weeks pregnant. However, we have lots of women attend our clinic for a 5-week pregnant ultrasound if the test does not give a clear positive result; therefore, their first thought is to have an early pregnancy scan. Whilst this is completely understandable it would also be a good idea to repeat the pregnancy test to check for a clear result beforehand.

HCG Blood Test: The Quantitative Pregnancy Test

This blood test measures the level of human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG), a hormone produced by the placenta after implantation. The level of hCG increases rapidly during early pregnancy, and a hCG blood test can detect even small amounts of the hormone in the blood. This test is very accurate and can confirm pregnancy as early as one week after a missed period.

Changes in your body to expect at 5 weeks pregnant

During your fifth week of pregnancy, your body is undergoing many changes as it prepares to support your growing baby. You may notice some of the following symptoms:

  • Fatigue: Your body is working hard to create a new life, and you may feel more tired than usual.
  • Nausea and vomiting: Many women experience morning sickness during the first trimester. It can be mild or severe and can occur at any time of day.
  • Tender breasts: Your breasts may feel sore or tender as they prepare to produce milk for your baby.
  • Increased urination: Your body is producing more blood, and your kidneys are working harder to remove waste from your body.
  • Mood swings: Hormonal changes can cause you to feel more emotional than usual.

Read more about what happens at 6 weeks pregnant.

Tips for staying healthy during your 5th week of pregnancy

Staying healthy during pregnancy is essential for both you and your baby. Here are some tips to help you feel your best during your fifth week of pregnancy:

  • Eat a healthy diet: Focus on whole, nutrient-dense foods, such as fruits, vegetables, lean proteins, and whole grains.
  • Stay hydrated: Aim to drink at least eight glasses of water per day to help flush out toxins and keep your body functioning properly.
  • Get enough rest: Your body needs more sleep during pregnancy. Try to get at least 7-8 hours of sleep each night.
  • Regular Exercise can help improve your mood, boost your energy levels, and promote healthy weight gain during pregnancy. Talk to your doctor about what types of exercise are safe for you.
  • Take prenatal vitamins: Prenatal vitamins are essential for supporting your baby’s development and ensuring that you’re getting all of the nutrients you need during pregnancy.

5-week pregnancy: Risks of Miscarriage, Missed miscarriage and Ectopic Pregnancy


Miscarriage is a devastating loss for any woman to experience. It’s important to know the signs of a miscarriage so that you can seek medical attention if necessary. Some signs of a miscarriage include:

  • Vaginal bleeding
  • Cramping or abdominal pain
  • Loss of pregnancy symptoms (such as nausea or breast tenderness)
  • Passing tissue or clots from the vagina

Ectopic Pregnancy

An ectopic pregnancy occurs when a fertilised egg implants itself outside the uterus, usually in the fallopian tube. This can be a life-threatening condition and requires immediate medical attention.

If you experience any of these symptoms, contact your doctor right away.

A 5-week early pregnancy scan is also very helpful to help check if there is a risk of any of these.

Tips for Your Partner when your 5 weeks pregnant

If you’re the partner of a pregnant woman, there are many things you can do to support her during this exciting time:

  • Be patient: Pregnancy can be challenging, and your partner may experience mood swings or fatigue. Be patient and understanding.
  • Help with household tasks: Pregnancy can be exhausting, and your partner may appreciate help with cooking, cleaning, or other

In summary, a 5-week pregnant ultrasound may be helpful to check and confirm there is a pregnancy and key features of pregnancy are visible, as well as help check if there is no risk of something more untoward happening with your pregnancy – be sure to check out the further information on our scan page and get in touch if you have any further questions or need further help.

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