Week 15 pregnancy is a time of great change. The baby’s heart is now fully developed and beating in the womb. It can be heard through an ultrasound! At this stage, you may enjoy feeling the baby move around too.
In this piece, we’ll tell you all about your baby and your body at 15 weeks pregnant. We will also help you best prepare for this week. So, read on, mom-to-be!
The Development of Your Baby at 15 Weeks
At 15 weeks, your baby is developing rapidly. They’re now about 10cm long from crown to rump (head to bottom). They also weigh approximately 70lbs. They’ll start growing hair on their head as well as eyelashes, eyebrows and even fingernails! Their little hands are opening and closing in the amniotic fluid. Their lungs are maturing too.
By week 15, your baby might be starting to hear for the first time. They can distinguish between a loud and soft sound. So, try talking to them or playing some relaxing music.
Symptoms and Body Changes at 15 Weeks
Your body continues to change throughout your pregnancy to accommodate your baby. Moms-to-be can expect the following:
Round Ligament Pains
Your abdomen is stretching and may cause some discomfort. This is normal – just take it easy and rest when needed.
You’ll be gaining weight every week at this stage of your pregnancy. So, make sure you eat a balanced diet. This will support the growth of your baby. Take your prenatal vitamins as well!
Weight loss may also occur as your body adjusts to pregnancy hormones and changes in metabolism. Don’t worry, this is also normal! Just keep up with a healthy diet and exercise plan.
Bleeding or Swollen Gums
The change in hormones could cause your gums to become swollen or bleed more easily. Be sure to brush and floss regularly, and have your dentist check for any possible issues.
Your skin might be feeling itchy, especially around your belly. This is due to the stretching of your skin as your baby grows. Try using a gentle moisturizer or lotion to help alleviate this discomfort.
Vaginal discharge is normal during pregnancy. However, if your discharge becomes smelly or changes in color and consistency, contact your healthcare provider immediately.
Brown Patches on Your Face
Also known as the “mask of pregnancy”, brown patches may appear on your face due to an increase in melanin production. These usually fade after delivery but can also be covered with makeup if they bother you.
Headaches and Dizziness
Headaches and dizziness may occur due to high blood pressure or stress. Make sure to take it easy and get plenty of rest. If these symptoms persist, contact your doctor for advice.
A Bloated Feeling
A bloated feeling is common in the second trimester. This is due to your expanding uterus putting pressure on your abdominal organs. Eating smaller meals more regularly throughout the day can help ease this discomfort.
Swollen Hands and Feet
At week 15 pregnancy, your hands and feet may become swollen due to an increase in progesterone. Try elevating your limbs while resting or using a cooling compress to help reduce swelling.
Leg cramps may start to occur due to the extra weight of your baby pressing against your legs. Try taking a warm bath or stretching before bed to help relieve any cramping.
Your breasts may become increasingly sore and tender as your body prepares for breastfeeding. Wearing a supportive bra can help alleviate some of the discomfort.
Urine or Vaginal Infections
Be sure to contact your healthcare provider if you experience any burning, itching or increased vaginal discharge. These may be signs of a urinary tract infection or a vaginal infection, which can be easily treated with antibiotics.
Preparing For Your 15th Week of Pregnancy
At this stage, take extra care of yourself. Here’s how you can prepare for week 15:
- Visit your doctor for regular check ups and screenings. During this visit, they may conduct an ultrasound to check on the baby’s growth and development.
- Start attending birthing classes or research other resources available to help you prepare for childbirth.
- Make sure to get enough rest, eat nutritious meals and stay hydrated throughout the day.
- Start creating a baby registry and gather information on the different items you’ll need for the of your little one.
- Begin taking steps to prepare your home, such as setting up a nursery or stocking up on diapers and wipes.
- Spend some quality time with your partner and loved ones. These moments will be precious memories for you both.
What to Watch Out For
While most women experience a healthy pregnancy, it’s important to be aware of potential health concerns. Contact your doctor if you experience any of the following:
- Weight loss or sudden weight gain. A sudden weight change could be a sign of an underlying medical condition.
- Painful urination or genital soreness. These could be signs of a UTI or STI.
- Abdominal pain, swelling or tenderness. This could indicate pre-eclampsia, a form of high blood pressure during pregnancy.
- Severe headaches or blurred vision. These could be signs of preeclampsia and should be taken seriously.
- Spotting or bleeding from vagina. This could indicate a miscarriage or other medical condition.
- Persistent swelling in the hands, feet, or face. This could be an indication of a heart or kidney problem.
- Excessive fatigue or shortness of breath. These could be signs of anemia or other medical conditions.
It’s important to stay on top of your health during pregnancy and take any concerns seriously to avoid this unnecessary anxiety. If you experience any unusual symptoms, contact your healthcare provider immediately for advice. With the right care and attention, you can have a safe and healthy 15th week of pregnancy.
To Wrap Up
The 15th week of pregnancy is an exciting time as you prepare for the birth of your little one. Be sure to stay on top of your health and follow up with your doctor if anything seems off. With the right care, this can be a smooth and enjoyable experience!
Take some time to bond with your partner and loved ones and get ready for the arrival of your bundle of joy! Best of luck during this special journey and tune in on our next article about the 16th week of pregnancy.
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