Pregnancy week 5 is usually the time to discover that you are pregnant. What are the symptoms and when is the best date and time to test for pregnancy? KK Women's and Children's Hospital (KKH), Obstetrics & Gynaecology Department, shares these and more.
It is around this period, at pregnancy week 5, that you might discover that you’re pregnant. You can confirm your pregnancy (99% of the time) by using an over-the-counter pregnancy test kit to detect the HCG levels in your urine.
Most accurate day and time to test for pregnancy at home
The most accurate time to do the test is usually the
first day after your missed period, although you can test your urine as early as 6 days after ovulation.
best time of the day to test for pregnancy would be during your first toilet trip in the morning. Why? Your HCG levels would be highest due to the reservoir you have accumulated in your bladder overnight.
After testing positive your pregnancy, it would be a good idea to book an appointment with an obstetrician.
Blood test to confirm pregnancy
Generally, blood tests for HCG are more accurate in detecting HCG and can also measure the actual levels of the hormone. This test will be helpful in assisting your medical practitioner to monitor your pregnancy as certain patterns of HCG fluctuations could alert them to the possibility of an ectopic pregnancy or miscarriage.
Pregnancy symptoms at week 5
You may experience early symptoms of pregnancy at week 5. However, these are rather vague and non-specific. They are similar to the symptoms you experience when you are expecting your period. They include:
- Light vaginal bleeding
Light vaginal bleeding may sometimes be accompanied with cramping. Usually, the bleeding is harmless but at times may also signify other problems e.g. miscarriage or ectopic pregnancy.
It is important to seek medical advice if you are unsure.
The rest of the pregnancy symptoms e.g. the infamous morning sickness usually peak later on in the first trimester.