Now you’re 15 weeks pregnant. Are you noticing your clothes are getting a little tight? With the changes in your lower abdomen altering the way your clothes fit, you can easily note you’re pregnant.
Are you feeling a little fuzzy-headed? These symptoms, among others, are a clear indication that you’ve entered the pregnancy week 15. As a pregnant woman it’s important and helpful for you to understand much more about your growing baby and yourself at this stage of pregnancy.
Wondering what your baby is up-to this week? In pregnancy week fifteen your baby must have started kicking around. Those tiny little feet and hands are active now even though it’s too early and unlikely for some expecting moms to feel any movements from the baby this week.
If you can’t feel your baby move this week, don’t worry, you should clearly feel its movements clearly in the next few weeks.
The Facial features of your baby are further being fine tuned as the widely separated eyes move to the front of the face and ears become well positioned into the sides of the head. As your baby gets more coordinated, you may even find your baby sucking its thumb, especially in an ultrasound examination.
Your baby is now the size of an orange, measuring between 4 - 5 inches and weighing about 2 ounces or more. Your baby has also started preparing for life outside through breathing movements.
As hormones continue to ravage your body, you start feeling weird in your teeth. Your gums and teeth become increasingly susceptible to bacteria and plaque and may also bleed. Increased levels of progesterone may likewise result in nosebleeds. There’s nothing to worry as all this is temporary and will certainly pass.
What about weight gain when you’re 15 weeks pregnant? The second trimester is when your baby actually starts growing and naturally you start gaining weight.
On an average, you’ll possibly gain a pound a week at this time. It’s recommended to keep track of your weight gain regularly either on your own at home or with the help of your healthcare provider on your monthly prenatal visits.
During pregnancy week fifteen, you’ll be completely rid of severe nausea and queasiness. However, you may experience the onset of certain other symptoms.
Bloating is a common symptom during pregnancy week 15 due to increased production of gas as the hormones lead to relaxation of gastrointestinal system. This is a rampant experience among all pregnant women and there’s no need to get tensed about it.
In fact, tension will only lead to increased bloating. So, relax and enjoy the situation looking forward eagerly towards the joyful end of your pregnancy journey.
Flatulence is also caused due to increased muscle relaxation as a result of pregnancy hormones; progesterone and relaxin. This in turn contributes to increase farting and you can keep it under control by avoiding gas inducing foods such as cabbage, broccoli, beans and fried foods.
Indigestion is another symptom some women who are 15 weeks pregnant do experience. This is because you possibly tend to be “hungrier” and eat more food than ever before. It’s a good idea eating smaller meals through the day to keep the digestive system working consistently and avoid any gastrointestinal discomfort.
When you’re 15 weeks pregnant, you may also experience occasional pain in the lower abdomen. This is perfectly normal and occurs due to stretching of ligaments and muscles in the lower abdomen. If the pain is unbearable, consult your doctor.
Other prominent symptoms you may experience when you’re 15 weeks pregnant include dizziness or faintness, headaches and varicose veins. All these symptoms are normal and temporary and therefore nothing to worry about.
Going forward, just take every experience in good mood and positive light to enjoy the best of not only the fifteenth week, but every other pregnancy week.
When you’re 15 week pregnant, your healthcare provider may suggest ruling out neural tube defects with the maternal blood screening. This screening, also called the Quad or Triple Screen AFP or Alpha-fetoprotein Test, is very accurate between 15 and 17 weeks.
If you have a history of birth defects or if you are above 35 years of age, your doctor may suggest amniocentesis to rule out Down’s syndrome or any other defect as well.