15 Weeks Pregnant
— You may feel less graceful and a little fuzzy-headed
When you are 15 weeks pregnant, all those dreadful symptoms have gone away. This is the period to enjoy your pregnancy and develop communication with your baby.
By 15 weeks pregnant the abdomen starts to look quite bloated as the unborn baby becomes bigger each day. If you haven’t got your maternity clothes yet, this is the time to buy because your old jeans may not fit for you properly. It may be frustrating for you to find the right clothes because you are too small for maternity clothes and too big for your regular clothes.
During your pregnancy week 15, the position of the uterus is halfway between the pubic bone and your belly button. Also, the period between week 15 and week 16 is the most vital period for you because soon you will know the sex of your unborn baby. The week also brings various changes to you and the baby inside.
This is the week that brings pregnancy confusion in most mothers-to-be. The symptoms of pregnancy confusion include:
- Difficult to concentrate on things
- Feeling slower than the usual
- Tendency to daydreaming
Don’t be panic with these things as these are perfectly normal with the changes in hormone levels occurring this week. Read on to know more about the exciting features of 15 weeks pregnant…
Symptoms experienced by a 15 weeks pregnant woman:
With the increase in your belly size, the internal organs start to shift their position to make room for the baby-to-be. The lesser the room, the lower you are able to eat the large meals. If this is the case, you need to eat smaller meals more frequently to satisfy the nutrition needs of your baby. When the stomach space is lower, you may also experience pregnancy symptoms like heartburn, flatulence and indigestion.
As each week passes, the volume of blood also increases to satisfy extra nutrition needs. Increased blood flow means, more number of visits to the bathroom for you. You may also experience water retention as 15 weeks pregnant symptom.
To hold the expanded uterus, the ligaments are stretched to accommodate the growth. This process can cause cramping and pulling sensation on either sides of your lower abdomen. To overcome from these symptoms, take a warm bath to get some relief.
Some women may experience sudden 15 weeks pregnant symptoms like excessive salvation. This is a common symptom, but sometimes causes little discomfort.
Most of the pregnant women are susceptible to some common illnesses because the immune system is compromised during pregnancy. So, you need to take more precautionary measures to protect yourself from germs. For example, you should wash your hands after using the pubic area. Here are the most common illnesses that pregnant women are susceptible:
- Abdominal pain
- Urinary tract infection
- Stuffy nose
- Breast leakage
- Hair and skin changes
Physical changes that occurs in a 15 weeks pregnant woman:
The uterus starts developing past the hip bones at any time after you entering into 15th week of pregnancy. You can also experience this condition at 3-4 inches underneath the navel.
When you consult the doctor for prenatal checkup, the doctor will take the ‘fundal height’, which is the space between from the top of your uterus to the pubic bone. This is measured to determine whether the growth of the baby is adequate and consistent.
Fetal changes that occur in a 15 weeks pregnant woman:
This week your baby is about 93-104mm (3.7-4.1 inches) in length and weighs approximately 50 grams (1.75 ounces). This week also there is rapid development taking place in your baby. The fetus looks more and more like a baby.
Eyes and ears of the baby are well developed and the baby’s body is covered by lanugo, which is fine and downy hair developed on the baby’s body to protect the little one’s skin. Further extension of the neck makes the chin look more prominent. The head looks more defined and the little one may start sucking the thumb.
Your little one frequently gets the hiccups that the baby learns to do prior breathing. Also, the baby doesn’t make any sound because the wind pipe is filled with fluid instead of air.
Baby’s legs are developing longer than the arms and the baby is also able to move the limbs and joints. Genitals are well developed so that you can now know the sex of your baby.
Practicing pelvic floor exercises is very important throughout the life, particularly during pregnancy and after child birth. You can practice these exercises in a sitting or laying down position. Close the back passage by drawing it in as if to avoid passing the wind. Count one to four and then relax. Practice this three to four time a day.
Apart from these exercises, it is essential to maintain regular exercise regimen. Do swimming, walking and prenatal yoga. Practicing enough exercises during pregnancy can help with back pain and provide suppleness during pregnancy
You can also consider joining the antenatal classes. Whether you are a first time mother or want a refreshing course, you can benefit from a structured class. These classes can help you well prepared for the rigors of labour and birth.
Have a wonderful journey of the pregnancy!! Go on to know more about the exciting things during pregnancy week 16…