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You’ve made it to week 15 of your pregnancy journey, hurray! Give yourself a pat on the back and read on to understand what to expect in week 15 of your pregnancy. In this article, you’ll find out all about your baby‘s development at 15 weeks of pregnancy, the symptoms you’ll be experiencing, as well as what you need to do through a 15 weeks checklist:
15 weeks pregnancy symptoms
One of the most common 15 weeks pregnancy symptoms is an increase in vaginal discharge. Because of the increased blood flow around your pelvic area, the body tends to produce more milky fluid to keep your vagina clean and protect it from infection. Unless it changes texture or odor or you start to feel pain when peeing, there’s nothing to worry about. Here are more 15 weeks pregnant symptoms you could be experiencing during this week:
- Swollen or bleeding gums
- Side belly pains
- Nose bleeds
- Sore, tender, and enlarged breasts
- Leg cramps
- Feeling hot
- Swollen limbs
- Urine infections
- Vaginal infections
- Thicker and shinier hair
15 weeks pregnant belly
Because your uterus has begun to grow upwards, you start to look a lot more pregnant in your second trimester than in your first trimester. However, your bump size and shape will depend on several factors including whether you’ve had a baby before or not. If this is your first pregnancy, it could take more time for your pregnancy bump to show as the ab muscles haven’t been stretched before.
Your baby is growing and is now the size of an apple at around 10 cm long and almost 70 g. One of the additional growth that’s happening to your baby at 15 weeks pregnant is a soft layer of hair all over the body to help keep the baby warm. This also means that the eyebrows and eyelashes are starting to grow. Their bones are starting to develop and they can now absorb calcium.
One of the most miraculous changes during this week is that the baby’s eyes start to become sensitive to light. Even though their eyes are shut and they’re inside your womb, they can still sense when you’re exposed to a bright light! How cool is that?
Around 15 weeks pregnant, your baby will start picking up sounds, too. That’s why most mothers-to-be start talking to their babies at this time as they can hear them!
15 weeks pregnancy checklist
- Consume 300 more calories to your daily diet as your baby will start needing more nutrients.
- Eat a healthy, balanced diet consisting of proteins, healthy carbs, veggies, and fruits to ensure your baby gets the right nutrients.
- Make sure you’re getting enough calcium. Check with your doctor the correct dose of prenatal supplement to support your baby’s skeletal development.
- Control your weight. Excess weight gain during this stage can be a sign of preeclampsia. Talk to your doctor if you’re putting on too much weight.
- Exercise regularly. Since your energy has regained, it’s important to perform low-impact exercises for at least 1.5 hours per week.
- Start doing pelvic floor exercises to strengthen your muscles.
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Sources used in this article:
- Week by week guide to pregnancy – NHS
- 15 weeks pregnant – Flo Health
- !5 weeks pregnant: Symptoms, tips and more – Healthline