By the 15th week your pregnancy is clear to others as it no longer seems to be a just a weight gain. As the baby grows you will start feeling aches and pain but the morning sickness and fatigue will subside if not fully disappear.
Pregnancy week 15 - growth of baby
- By week 15 the baby measures about 4 inches and weighs about 1-.3/4 ounces.
- The baby can move its limbs and all the joints of the body.
- Lungs have begun to develop; the amniotic fluid is moved through the nose and upper respiratory tract of the baby facilitating primitive air sacs in luthe ngs to develop.
- Baby's body starts maintaining a constant temperature.
- Even though the eyelids of baby are closed but they can sense light.
- Taste buds start forming in this week.
- In the 15th week the baby starts listening to the mother’s heartbeat, stomach and her voice. All the three bones of its ears harden thus assisting the baby's hearing. Besides this the amniotic fluid (surrounding baby) carries external sounds to the baby.
- The baby's legs have become longer and fingernails and toe nails start developing as well.
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Pregnancy week 15- changes in mother
- Till the 15th week you must have gained 5 pounds in your weight. However, this can vary from person to person.
- Head colds and stuffiness are common in the 15th week. This may be due to the increased estrogen level which in turn leads to the swelling of the mucus membrane.
- Some women also report bleeding from nose due to increased blood flow and expansion of blood vessels in nose.
- The immune system is affected during pregnancy. A pregnant woman is more prone to infections such as cold and flu.
- The uterus can now be felt few inches below the belly.
- At this stage the doctors measure fundal height for measuring and monitoring the baby's growth and position.
- Expansion of the uterus causes cramps and you may feel the stretching of ligaments in your abs.
- You may also feel a pulling sensation on both sides of the abdomen.
Pregnancy week 15 - advice for mother
- You must visit your doctor regularly follow his recommendations to the tee.
- Since your immune system has become weak it is recommended that you get flu shots and other preventive measures to be safe from infections. Bacterial vaginosis, urinary tract infections and yeast infections are common in pregnant women. Moreover, yeast infections can severely infect your kidneys. Whenever you notice even a slight problem during pregnancy, it is advisable to talk to your doctor.
- Sleeping on your back can put pressure on your heart and blood supply to your baby. It is better to sleep on your right side. Putting some extra pillows to elevate your legs makes a good posture for sleeping.
- Now you have reached second trimester of pregnancy you can start searching for your baby’s names!
Pregnancy week by week will only bring you closer to your baby and you will feel the presence of a new human being in your scheme of things!
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