15 Weeks Pregnant - Baby Development, Pregnancy Symptoms & Tips
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How Big Is My Baby At 15 Weeks Pregnant?
Your baby now can make a fist and is about the size of a navel orange. The baby is about 3.98 inches long and weighs about 2.47 ounces.
- Skin is developing and hair starts to appear on the scalp and eyebrows.
- Ears and eyes are moving into their proper position.
- Teeth buds are in the process of developing.
- The baby starts making movements with hands, wrists, fingers, legs, feet, and toes.
- The baby can curl the fingers and toes, and can make a fist.
- The baby starts practicing breathing, swallowing, and sucking.
15 Weeks Pregnant Symptoms
Dizziness: Many pregnant women experience dizziness and lightheadedness throughout their pregnancy. Sometimes you may feel that you are about to fall or faint. These symptoms are caused by many different reasons. The growth of more blood vessels in early pregnancy, the pressure of the expanding uterus on blood vessels, falling blood sugar levels, low blood pressure, and the body’s increased need for food all can contribute to make a pregnant woman feel lightheaded and dizzy.
Nosebleeds: Most of the pregnant women experience nosebleeds and nasal stuffiness during pregnancy. They are caused by the increased amount of blood in your body and hormones acting on the tissues of your nose. It is normal and is just another common symptom. Nose bleeds usually stop on their own.
Swollen & Bleeding Gums: If you have you noticed your gums bleeding while brushing, it could be pregnancy gingivitis. Pregnancy hormones can make your teeth more vulnerable to plaque, leaving you with swollen, bleeding gums.
Headaches: Headaches are common during pregnancy. Headaches are caused by surge of pregnancy hormones. Hunger, dehydration, lack of sleep, and stress can also cause headaches. Practicing some relaxing techniques will help you deal with common headaches. Headaches can be a sign of preeclampsia (high blood pressure during pregnancy).Take acetaminophen (Tylenol) and take rest to get relief. If your headache doesn’t go away or gets worse even after taking the medicine and rest, call your doctor.
Forgetfulness: If you are forgetting lot of things during pregnancy, you are having a “pregnancy brain”. This is caused due to decrease in volume of brains cells.
Round Ligament Pain: Some pregnant women experience round ligament pain. This pain feels like achy or sharp pain on one or both sides of the abdomen. You may feel this when you’re getting up, stretching or twisting. This pain caused by stretching and thinning of ligaments that support your womb. This change occurs to accommodate the increasing weight.
Heartburn & Indigestion: Heartburn occurs when stomach acids move upwards to the esophagus. This happens due to relaxation of the valve between the stomach and esophagus. Indigestion occurs due to relaxed digestive system caused by pregnancy hormones.
Constipation: During pregnancy, hormones cause slowdown of the digestive system, leaving you constipated. Eating enough fiber, wholemeal breads, cereals, and drinking plenty of water will help.
Varicose Veins: You might notice visible veins crisscrossing your breasts, abdominal area, and legs. This is a symptom of varicose veins and is common during pregnancy. Varicose veins are swelling and enlarged veins mostly in the lower legs and feet. Increased blood volume during pregnancy causes veins to swell and enlarge. Pressure exerted by the uterus on the large veins behind it causes the blood to slow in its return to the heart. These things cause varicose veins.
Frequent Urination: Needing to pee frequently will continue and is a common and constant problem during the entire pregnancy. Pregnant women commonly experience temporary bladder control problems in pregnancy. Baby in your womb baby pushes down on the bladder, urethra, and pelvic floor muscles. This pressure can lead to more frequent need to urinate, as well as leaking of urine when sneezing, coughing, or laughing.
15 Weeks Pregnant: Tips For A Healthy Pregnancy
- Start sleeping on left side from this week. This way your blood circulation improves and gets better. Use maternity pillows, which are designed to support entire body. You can also use normal pillows for support while sleeping on your side.
- Continue to follow good prenatal habits like eating healthy food and taking folic acid and other prenatal vitamins prescribed by your prenatal doctor daily.
- Stay adequately hydrated by drinking plenty of water.
- Avoid eating unhealthy foods, such as deep fried foods, salty and sugary foods, unpasteurized dairy foods, undercooked meat and eggs, and mercury-laden fish.
- Do light to moderate exercises to stay healthy and energetic. Doing Kegel exercises will strengthen pelvic floor muscles.
- Make yourself confortable by wearing breathable loose clothes and a supportive bra.
- Stop wearing high-heeled footwear. Wearing flats and slippers is safe.
- Don’t take any medication or herb without your doctor’s permission.
- Take a holiday if you feel it.The second trimester is the best time to travel because you have less symptoms and more energy to enjoy it.
- Enroll in prenatal/antenatal classes to prepare well for pregnancy, labor, and birth.
- Spend time with family, friends, and loved ones to keep stress and anxiety at bay and stay relaxed.
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