Dear Crissy

My pregnancy: 5 weeks

5 Weeks Pregnancy Symptoms

I can’t believe that it’s been less than two weeks since finding out I am pregnant with our second child.

On the other hand, it feels like an eternity until I have my first doctor’s appointment, which isn’t until June. When I was pregnant with Evan, my first appointment was at 8 weeks, and I was really shocked when I was told this time that they couldn’t fit me in until I am 10 weeks pregnant. Tick, tock!

5 Weeks Pregnancy Symptoms

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Deep in your uterus your embryo is growing at a furious pace. At this point, he’s about the size of a sesame seed, and he looks more like a tiny tadpole than a human. He’s now made up of three layers — the ectoderm, the mesoderm, and the endoderm — which will later form all of his organs and tissues. The neural tube — from which your baby’s brain, spinal cord, nerves, and backbone will sprout — is starting to develop in the top layer, called the ectoderm. This layer will also give rise to his skin, hair, nails, mammary and sweat glands, and tooth enamel.

My pregnancy symptoms at 5 weeks are really kicking in, and I must say, I am a little afraid of what the weeks to come have in store for me. The nausea comes in waves now throughout the day, and I’ve started to have the first hints of heartburn starting.

Nausea and heartburn were my two main problems during my first pregnancy, and it wasn’t just a little. My sickness and severe heartburn were completely debilitating at times, and I am just hoping that maybe it isn’t quite as bad this time around. Hoping!

I’m also tired all the time, and officially have to go to the bathroom much more frequently. Did I mention I’m tired all the time?

Anyone have ideas to help me pass the time until my first U/S? It will be here before I know it… right?

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  1. Jenn H — April 29, 2011 @ 2:50 pm (#)

    I just found out last week that we are expecting baby #3. I’m 4 wks and 2 days and in a new state so I needed to find a new dr. I also found that most dr.s didn’t want to see me until 10-12wks which was different for me. With my first two pregnancies the timing was 6-8 wks. But I finally found a dr. that wanted to get me in at 7wks. So that made me feel much better.
    For the nausea I have been sipping on lemon water, peppermint tea and snacking on cheese and crackers, lots of very cold fruit and sweet bell peppers w/ ranch, but if you have heartburn I would stay away from the peppers! Good luck and hope your m/s doesn’t last too long.


  2. Brie — April 29, 2011 @ 2:51 pm (#)

    Congratulations a million times over dear! Welcome to the preggy club!


  3. NinjaMommers — April 29, 2011 @ 2:52 pm (#)

    Hi There. I am also pregnant with my second. This pregnancy has been eerily similar to the first one. In fact, Heartburn and Nausea were a problem with my first too. I never threw up.. and haven’t this time either, But I am now 15 weeks and my heartburn is back :( LOL! I am finally over the exhaustion. Holy crap was that awful for the first 3 months! I was tired as heck!! :D Congratulations!


  4. Natalie — April 29, 2011 @ 3:33 pm (#)

    Yeah they were not scheduling my first appt until 10 weeks too! That is the norm around here and I don’t like that one bit!! I am super tired as well??? How did we make it the first round LOL I hope your heartburn and nausea subside and not get any stronger!! Those are the worse! I can’t seem to get my back in line when I sleep??


  5. Kimberlee — April 29, 2011 @ 4:52 pm (#)

    Congrats on the baby! Have a blessed weekend.


  6. Mimzy Wimzy — April 29, 2011 @ 5:41 pm (#)

    So happy for you!
    When I was pregnant {all 3 times, #1 & #3 were worse} I had heartburn. The only thing that helped me was milk. I would drink at least half a gallon of milk a day. Even water would give me heartburn!

    My middle daughter is now 8 weeks pregnant. She was supposed to see the Dr already but didn’t listen when they said they didn’t take her insurance so now she is making an appointment elsewhere. {This pregnancy was not planned & as much as a baby should be a happy time, I can’t say this is going to end well for my daughter.}


  7. Amy — April 29, 2011 @ 7:39 pm (#)

    It’s amazing how quickly they grow. Wow, tooth enamel, weird.


  8. renee — April 29, 2011 @ 10:50 pm (#)

    ahhh, how did i miss this! congratulations!!!


  9. Busy Momi Bee — April 29, 2011 @ 11:04 pm (#)

    Congratulations!! I loved checking Baby Center every week!


  10. Stacie @ The Divine Miss Mommy — April 30, 2011 @ 11:17 am (#)

    Oh man I hated the pregnancy heartburn. I never had heartburn in my life until I got pregnant. I didn’t even know what it was at first!


  11. Kawartha Beads — April 30, 2011 @ 12:39 pm (#)

    Congrats! We just brought home our own second bundle of joy who arrived on April 14th. I know that I was much more tired with the 2nd pregnancy, chasing around a toddler doesn’t help, so I just didn’t feel guilty when the house was a mess and we snuggled on the couch for a movie in the afternoon. Looking back now I’m glad we took that special time together, while big brother is adapting it has definately been a challenge for him thus far and trying to fit in special time in these early days, while extremely important, is definately a tough to accomplish. On the bright side, for me at least, recovery from baby #2 has been much easier. Best of luck!


  12. Anastasia @ Eco-Babyz — April 30, 2011 @ 5:21 pm (#)

    I found out when I was already 5-6 weeks along (I thought). Had my first appointment last week and they told me I’m actually 11 weeks, so 12 now. So glad to have switched from an OB to a midwife, I already feel it is the best decision I’ve made for this new baby and myself of course!

    Really tired here too, and almost fainted at the grocery store a couple of days ago!


  13. Alisha — April 30, 2011 @ 11:14 pm (#)

    I’m with you! I am not of the camp of women who enjoy pregnancy and feel their best during such times. I am of the camp of women who can’t believe they signed up to do it twice.
    In fact – I would rather do another 11 weeks of Basic Training and leave with a newborn than to do this nausea/vomiting thing for another 15 weeks for baby #3.
    We will either find a way for the husband to carry that one – or we’ll adopt. He’s opposed to the first – the wuss. =D


  14. Kristy H — May 1, 2011 @ 3:29 am (#)

    congrats! I too just found out I’m expecting, our 3rd, wow!
    It’s been 8 years and I completly forgot about all of the lovely symptoms! The vomitting was the first sign, and now, I cannot get enough sleep, I am SO tired, all the time! I think if I could, I’d sleep the whole week away and still feel exhausted!
    Hopefully after a few weeks I’ll be used to it, and I look forward to reading and knowing someone else is feeling the same way I do!


  15. YUMMommy — May 2, 2011 @ 8:37 pm (#)

    Yes, the waiting time for the first appointment at the OB always seems to take forever. I was well over three months before I went to my first OB visit.


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