Congratulations! You have survived the first trimester. Being 15 weeks pregnant is easier compared to what you have experienced in the past months. So, sit back and relax, and you’ll have your little bundle of joy in no time.
How Big Is My Baby?
At your 15th week, your baby already measures about four inches long from the crown to its rump. When compared to something, its size may be closest to an apple. It also weighs around 2.5 ounces on average.
My Baby’s Development
At this time of the month, your baby may now sense some light (even if you see that the eyelids are not yet open). Once you direct a flashlight to your tummy, he or she will most likely move away from the heat. In addition, your baby is also developing its taste buds. It does not mean, however, that he or she can now eat what he or she desires.
What Is My Baby Doing?
What’s keeping your baby busy all day is that it keeps on practising for its big debut. They work on different aspects such as breathing, sucking, and swallowing. They are readying themselves so that when the time comes that they leave the insides of your wombs, they will have the crucial skills to survive.
Aside from this, your baby also does aerobics inside you even if you don’t feel it. It is now trying to kick its feet, curl its toes, and stretch its arms and legs.
When viewed during an ultrasound, you may see your baby’s ears positioned on the side of its head. They used to be near the neck in the previous weeks.
My Changing Body – Week 15
At this week, your belly might be engaging itself in a huge transition. By now, it is stretching at length to accommodate the growing baby to fit the inside of your pelvis. Hence, this is the time other people might notice your baby bump. With this in mind, ready yourself in the continuous questioning of your friends and family on their newfound knowledge.
If you feel that there is an abnormal or drastic gain in weight, make sure to ask for assistance from your doctor: it could be an early sign of a serious pregnancy condition known as preeclampsia.
Some people feel that the 15th week is just a stroll in the park compared to the previous weeks. Here are some symptoms you should expect at this time:
- Nosebleeds - Because of your now sensitive nasal passages and increased blood volume, there is a large chance that you will have nosebleeds every once in a while.
- Swollen Gums - Your gums are now more sensitive compared to before. So, it is important that you take good care of them—floss gently, regularly brush your teeth and conduct regular checkups with your dentist.
- Increased Sex Drive - Your energy will be back by the 15th week after you survived the previous weeks. With this, you might be more energetic when doing the deed as well!
- Heartburn and Indigestion - You might feel hungry more often than before. With this, you might notice that eating large amounts of food in just a single sitting may lead to both indigestion and heartburn. Hence, it is essential to eat a number of small meals a day instead of one big meal to avoid gastrointestinal discomfort.
How Is My Life Changing
You might be a little bit overwhelmed since you are experiencing unique symptoms you have never faced in your early pregnancy. Although you have a sudden burst of energy daily again, dealing with these symptoms might be draining. Just ask guidance from professionals, and you’ll be fine. In addition, the idea of being a mom may still be surreal for you. Soak in the process and do not worry. You’ll be awesome.
Week 15 Mommy Checklist
Here are some reminders you need to accomplish this week:
- Schedule an appointment for your amnio or multiple marker screening.
- Ask your doctor regarding preeclampsia.
- Talk to your baby.
- Pamper yourself.
Tips for the Partners
As mentioned, the 15th week will result in an increased sex drive. However, there may be times that you and your partner might feel a little awkward when doing the deed since you feel that your baby is too close to you. Do not worry. That’s pretty normal. Your little ball of sunshine is not at risk nor would threaten your partner’s pregnancy unless her doctor gave her some sex activity restrictions.
A Sneak Peek to Your Week 16
Ready yourself: you might have a glimpse what the sex of your baby is next week! Knowing the gender of the baby is usually one of the most awaited moments of the soon-to-be parents.