There is no pain, no discomfort, your appetite is excellent, but what may upset you when you’re 15 weeks pregnant? During this period, some pregnant women notice that the skin has become dry, the nails are brittle and they lose hair more than usual.
At the same time, the baby is developing well and intensively prepares for life outside the mother. So what’s the reason for these external changes, and how can you deal with them?
Your baby is as big – As an ORANGE
LENGTH – 3.51 in – WEIGHT – 1.60 oz
15 Weeks Pregnant: Signs and Symptoms
If you notice that you have become more forgetful, absent-minded – do not worry, such signs are normal for this period. But do not give up intellectual work: on the contrary, you will remember for a long time much of what you have read and studied during this period.
At this time, some women are full of energy and incredibly active. And that is normal too. But do not overdo with exercise, remember about sleep and rest.
The areolas become even darker. The breast is growing, you need to change your old bra for a larger one.
If you have feelings of suffocation at night, do not worry, this is normal. Nasal bleeding is also probably because the volume of blood in your body increases.
The belly is growing, do not wear tight clothes and pants with a narrow buckle. There must be no discomfort in this sacred zone. Enjoy this time, including, pleasant shopping for the right clothes.
15 Weeks Pregnancy Ultrasound
During this ultrasound, you can see a lot. At this period, we can finally see the external sexual organs of the future baby. You can see how the baby has grown up. The fetus can swallow, suck a finger, move its own arms and legs, clench fists. This ultrasound will allow observing the baby’s activity.
The heart of the child is able to make about 150 beats per minute and distill about 28 liters of blood.
Fetus on the Fifteenth Week of Pregnancy
External genitals are differentiated, and therefore, an ultrasound can determine the sex of a fetus.
Legs do not lag behind in growth, they have become even longer than hands. Baby’s eyes get closer, the ears are almost perfect. Hair continues to emerge on the body. The pituitary gland, sweat, and sebaceous glands have begun to work actively.
A fetus still has a reddish color, but the skin is not so diaphanous. The future baby has become more active, very soon the mother will hear the first pushes.
15 Weeks Pregnant Belly Pictures
Check out what the bellies look like at the fifteenth week of pregnancy.
What Is Happening Inside of You?
During this period, your body needs calcium and other nutrients more than ever. Do not rely only on vitamins: food must also provide you with necessary elements. If leg cramps began to torment you at night, your body lacks calcium.
The uterus grows increasingly and moves into the abdominal cavity, so its pressure on the bladder decreases. Frequent urination is left behind. But the uterus can put pressure on the intestine: so you may have some problems with bowel movement. To avoid constipation, you need to revise your diet.
As there is an increase in circulating blood volume, your body needs more iron. The deficiency of this element can cause anemia in pregnant women, which is accompanied by dizziness, weakness, and eye floaters.
Cottage Cheese – Is a Must!
The main physiological problem during this period is constipation. Healthy food will help you to prevent it: fruits and vegetables, whole grain bread, cereals, dairy products, germinated grains.
In order to compensate for the lack of calcium eat cottage cheese for breakfast. Drink up to 2 liters of water a day, and include berry fruit drinks in your drinking regime in the cold season. It will be a good prevention of colds.
Visit a Dentist
Special tests are not appointed (if the pregnancy goes normally). Use this time to go to a dentist: toxemia doesn’t torment you, anesthesia is not dangerous, and your teeth need protection.
Try to solve all dental problems during the second trimester, if you did not have time to deal with them before pregnancy.
Born in Belarus, 1985, a pedagogue and family psychologist, mother. Taking part in procedures of social adaptation of the foster children in new families. Since 2015 is a chief editor of the motherhow.com project, selecting the best and up-to-date material for those, who are planning, expecting, and already having babies.