15 Weeks Pregnant | Pregnancy Week By Week
15 WEEKS PREGNANT
Here you are at 15 weeks pregnant. You might be thinking: only 15 weeks? I still have 25 left to go (insert whiny voice here). But thinking like that is just going to make you miserable. You want the glass half full perspective. So, instead, think of it like this: 15 weeks already! Only 25 more weeks to go!
Go ahead. Try saying it both ways and you’ll see the difference it makes in how you feel.
Right now, your baby is the size of a navel orange! At 15 weeks, baby is measuring approximately 4 inches long and weighs about 2.5 ounces. Up until now, the baby’s proportions were very unequal, with the head being larger than the body and the legs being shorter than the arms. That’s all starting to change. The baby’s legs are now longer than its arms, and while the head is still quite large, as the baby continues to grow, the head will begin to look more normal in size.
PREGNANCY SYMPTOMS WEEK 15
Pregnancy symptoms at 15 weeks aren’t nearly as bad as the symptoms you experienced early on. In fact, there are some symptoms you might even like! We’ll get to those in just a minute. You should be feeling pretty good energy-wise at this point, and all that dreadful morning sickness you were having has hopefully gone away. If you’ve learned anything during these last 15 weeks, it’s that with all the good there is that comes with pregnancy, there’s also bad that you have to struggle through. Week 15 is no exception.
With that said, here are the good and bad pregnancy symptoms at 15 weeks:
- Nosebleeds. Thanks to all the increased blood flow through your body, nosebleeds can be a common occurrence during pregnancy. Might want to sleep with a towel on your pillow – just in case!
- Increased sex drive. Now that you’re past the morning sickness stage and your energy has returned, you may be feeling a bit frisky, possibly even a little more so than usual. This is one of the perks of pregnancy. Your partner may shy away from wanting to have sex with you because he’s afraid of hurting the baby – many men are! As long as your doctor has not put you on any restrictions, having sex during pregnancy is completely safe and won’t hurt the baby at all!
- Indigestion. Along with indigestion comes heartburn and gas. (Is anyone else hearing the Pepto Bismol jingle in their head? …. No? …. Alrighty then.) Oh, the joys of pregnancy, right? You can thank your hormones for these tummy troubles. To alleviate some of your discomfort, pay attention to what you’re eating and how it affects you. Then eliminate the foods that cause you the most discomfort. This may not entirely get rid of the indigestion, gas, and heartburn, (there it is again!) but it’ll sure help!
- Shortness of breath. As your pregnancy progresses, you may notice this symptom occur more often. Shortness of breath is caused by being unable to expand your lungs fully so you can get a good breath. As your uterus and the baby grow, your insides get a bit jumbled up and crowded, which makes breathing a bit more difficult.
- Swollen gums. Pregnancy causes your gums to become more sensitive, which means they could get irritated and swollen very easily. Due to the toll pregnancy can take on your teeth, it’s especially important that you take care of your oral health. Brush regularly, floss, and be sure to get a good cleaning at the dentist’s office.
15 WEEK BABY BUMP
If you’re a first-time mom-to-be, you may not have much of a baby bump yet at 15 weeks. Or you may have what looks like a small kickball under your shirt. It totally depends on your body. Some women may show before others for several reasons. If you’re not quite showing yet, give it some time. You’ll wake up one morning and have a nice, visible baby bump that wasn’t so obvious just yesterday.
Moms who are pregnant for the second or third time (or more!) will show sooner than a woman who’s never been pregnant before. This is simply because the experienced mama’s uterus has already been stretched, so it doesn’t take as much work for it to do it again and again (and again – for those large family mamas).
At 15 weeks, the recommended weight gain is between 1 and 2 pounds a week. Try not to fill up on unhealthy calories such as chips and cookies. Eat food that is good for you that will give you and your baby all the proper nutrients to keep you both healthy and strong!
15 WEEKS PREGNANT ULTRASOUND
An ultrasound at 15 weeks pregnant isn’t likely, but if you were to get a glimpse of your little one, you’d see him bouncing around, kicking his legs, waving his arms, flexing his fingers and toes, possibly sucking his thumb, and he might even let out a hiccup or two. Aww! All your baby’s joints are formed and functional!
Between weeks 15 and 20 you may choose to have some testing done to look for neural tube defects, chromosomal abnormalities, and other genetic issues. Your doctor should discuss these elective procedures with you and give you the risks and benefits of each one before you make a final decision about going ahead with them.
WHAT SHOULD I BE DOING AT 15 WEEKS PREGNANT?
There is so much to do to prepare for the arrival of a tiny human being. Thankfully, we’re given 9 months to get ready, so there’s no rush. At 15 weeks, there’s not a lot you should be doing, but here are a few things to consider doing this week:
- Schedule elective tests. These screenings and tests are time sensitive, so if you’d like to have them done, now’s the time to be scheduling them.
- Continue taking prenatal vitamins. You should take your prenatal vitamins every day during your pregnancy to give the baby all the nutrients he needs to grow and develop inside you. Many women forget to take them – if this is you, set a reminder on your phone! Other women get nauseous when they take them – if this is you, try a different brand or go with a chewable or gummy option.
- Go shopping. Your pre-pregnancy wardrobe is probably getting a bit snug by now – that is if you haven’t already outgrown them! That means it’s time to go shopping for maternity clothes. Because maternity clothes are worn for such a short period of time and they are expensive to buy brand new, many women check out local thrift stores or eBay for gently used maternity clothes at a fraction of the cost!
- Sam C's Editorial Team