If you’re 5 weeks pregnant, then you’ve probably just found out you’re expecting. Congratulations! Whether it’s your first or fifth, getting that big fat positive (BFP), or very faint line (VFL), is exciting!
Let’s take a look at some common Google searches 🙂
Google Searches Around Pregnancy Tests
If you were trying to conceive (TTC) and had sex before, on or just after you ovulated, then you may have started Googling about pregnancy tests. Some common searches are:
- How Early Can You Take A Pregnant Test?
- Aim for 10 days past ovulation (DPO). I didn’t get a vfl until 17 DPO. You’re not out until Aunt Flo shows up! Home pregnancy tests detect hCG, the hormone produced by the placenta after implantation of the fertilized egg in the uterine lining. Implantation of the fertilized egg occurs between 8 and 10 DPO 85% of the time, and at 6 DPO just 0.5% of the time.
- Can I Get a Negative And Still Be Pregnant?
- You may not have been able to resist the urge to take a pregnancy test as early as 6 or 7 DPO, which resulted in a big fat negative (BFN). I know I did! If you take a pregnancy test early, or take it in the evening when your urine is diluted, it’s very possible to receive a negative and still be pregnant.
- How Sensitive Are Pregnancy Tests?
- Home pregnancy tests detect hCG, the hormone produced by the placenta after implantation of the fertilized egg in the uterine lining. Some tests are more sensitive than others. The First Response Early Result Pregnancy Test, which is lovingly referred to as FRER, can detect hCG at concentrations as low as 6.5 mIU/ml (thousandths of an International Unit per milliliter), which is super low. Most tests, including Clearblue and E.P.T., detect at concentrations of 20 – 25 mIU/ml.
- Why Aren’t My Pregnancy Tests Getting Darker?
- You can find a list of reasons here, including diluted urine, test is a different brand or a chemical pregnancy. Try not to freak out too much since every woman is different and hCG levels and their doubling varies greatly!
Google Searches Around hCG
Googling pregnancy tests often leads to Google searches around hCG. Some common searches are:
- What Should hCG Level Be At 5 Weeks?
- At 5 weeks, hCG can range from 19 to 7,340. Talk about variation!
- How Fast Should hCG Levels Rise?
- hCG usually doubles every 48 – 72 hours and it should increase by at least 60% every two days.
- hCG Levels By Week
- 3 weeks: 5 – 50 mIU/cc
- 4 weeks: 4 – 426 mIU/cc
- 5 weeks: 19 – 7,340 mIU/cc
- 6 weeks: 1,080 – 56,500 mIU/cc
- 7 – 8 weeks: 7,650 – 229,000 mIU/cc
- 9 – 12 weeks: 25,700 – 288,000 mIU/cc
- 13 – 16 weeks: 13,300 – 254,000 mIU/cc
- 17 – 24 weeks: 4,060 – 165,400 mIU/cc
- 25 – 40 weeks: 3,640 – 117,000 mIU/cc
Google Searches Around Ultrasound
Once you get that BFP, the first thing you want to do is see that little bean, no?!? I know I did, and was seen too early to see anything twice! Some common searches are:
- How Early Can I Get An Ultrasound?
- You have to wait until at least 5 weeks to really have a chance to see anything on a transvaginal ultrasound. Even if you do go in that early (and you should be a late 5 weeks), be prepared to see nothing or to only see a gestational sac. A lot of doctors won’t do an ultrasound until 8+ weeks to avoid unnecessarily freaking out the mom.
- Is It Normal To Not See A Sac At 5 Weeks?
- Yes, this is normal! Try not to freak out! You can read more about my experience here.
Google Searches Around Health & Nutrition
Now that you’re carrying a little babe inside you, it’s time to get serious about health and nutrition! Some common searches are:
- I Accidentally Drank Alcohol During Early Pregnancy
- It is not uncommon for women to drink alcohol during early pregnancy since they didn’t realize they were pregnant, and could even have been getting BFNs. Try not to worry! Read more here about why drinking in very early pregnancy could have no harmful affect on your baby.
- Can You Drink Coffee While Pregnant?
- Yes, but not too much! Aim for no more than a cup of coffee per day.
- How Much Weight Should I Gain During The First Trimester?
- Eating for two, albeit a fun catch phrase, is a total myth, especially during the 1st trimester! Aim to gain just 2 – 4 pounds during the first 12 to 13 weeks.
- How Many Calories Should I Eat During The First Trimester?
- As ravenous as you may feel, you shouldn’t be increasing your caloric intake during the first trimester. I know, sad but true!
Did I miss anything?!? What did you search at 5 weeks?