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Each pregnant woman’s body changes in different ways at different times throughout a pregnancy. Still, your baby bump will likely be pretty visible by the time you’re five months pregnant, so this month, you’ll be adjusting to the physical changes as well as getting used to receiving unsolicited pregnancy advice from anyone and everyone.

Common Pregnancy Symptoms at Five Months Pregnant

Many women say the second trimester is the most enjoyable phase of pregnancy. But it's also possible that you'll face some pesky symptoms of pregnancy in month five, such as:

  • Stretch marks
  • Varicose veins
  • Slightly swollen hands and feet
  • Backache
  • Indigestion
  • Piles or haemorrhoids
  • Heartburn
  • Increased appetite
  • Baby movements will easily be felt

Keep in mind that these pregnancy symptoms are normal, and you may only experience some of them throughout this month.

What Are the Pregnancy Months?

Pregnancies last nine months, right? Well, kind of. Pregnancies are typically about 40 weeks long, that’s around 280 days starting from the first day of your last menstrual period, and most women go into labour some point between 38 and 42 weeks. Also, sometimes it’s hard to pinpoint the exact date of conception.

That’s why pregnancies are usually measured in weeks rather than months, and why you’ll hear references to ‘week 12’ or ‘week 32’ for example. You’ll also notice references to the ‘pregnancy trimesters’. The three pregnancy trimesters are:

So, how do you determine how many months pregnant you are? There are different ways of calculating this, but usually this is counted from the date of your last period.

Due date calculator: At one month pregnant, you’ll be eager to know when to expect your newborn, and the Pampers Due Date Calculator is a handy tool to give you an estimate. If you have irregular periods or you can’t remember the date of the first day of your last menstrual period, you can confirm how far along you are during with a dating scan. You’ll usually be offered this from 8 to 14 weeks.

One Month Pregnant Quick List

  • Find out if you’re pregnant: You can find out you’re pregnant by taking a home pregnancy test. You can take a pregnancy test from the first day you’ve missed your period, or if you have an irregular cycle, then take it 21 days after the last time you had unprotected sex.
  • Get a checkup: Head to your GP or book an appointment with a midwife, who’ll be able to confirm your pregnancy via tests, including measuring your levels of the hormone known as human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG). Your doctor or midwife will also be able to give you guidance on the available pregnancy care services in your area, as well as talk to you about any appointments and checkups you’ll need to keep over the next nine months (or so).
  • Pregnancy nutrition: Speak to your midwife or doctor about healthy pregnancy nutrition and what pregnancy vitamins or supplements might be right for you.
  • Refocus on your health: Try to quit unhealthy habits like smoking and drinking, and try to reduce stress.
  • Check in with your feelings: This is an emotional time. Some of this may be chalked up to changes in your hormone levels, which can make you feel more emotional, or you may feel a wave of feelings about your pregnancy. Talk to your GP or a midwife for some advice. Rest up, and speak to loved ones about how you are feeling.
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