Pregnancy: Week 15

There are some interesting changes going on with you and your baby. Right now your baby probably weighs in at about 2 ounces, which is about the same as a chicken egg. Your baby’s eyes and ears are also beginning to move into place. You may also notice some odd things going on with your dental health.

What to Expect with Physiological Development

By now your baby is beginning to look more like an actual baby. Your baby is actually growing incredibly fast now and is likely about 4 ½ inches long. If you gather up a large navel orange, take a good, long, hard look at that because that’s about the size of your baby at the moment.

Your 15 Week Ultrasound

When you go in for an ultrasound during week 15, you may notice a lot of movement. If you’re lucky, you may also be able to notice the thin aspect of your baby’s skin. This helps some of the blood vessels to show through.

You may also notice your baby beginning to practice breathing, swallowing, and sucking motions that will become important shortly after birth. She’s also likely curling toes, moving her arms and legs, and getting some valuable practice and exercise in.

Changes in You

It’s nice to get into the second trimester and not have to worry about all of those previous challenges and symptoms you experienced. You shouldn’t really experience much nausea anymore, but you may also notice an increase in bleeding gums and other dental care challenges. This is due to pregnancy hormones at work.

At this time, those pregnancy hormones can actually trigger gingivitis because the gums react differently to bacteria in plaque.

What You Should Be Doing

During the first trimester, you might’ve struggled to gain any weight. Don’t worry, that’s well behind you now. Your baby is going to be getting bigger and bigger and so will you. Focus on weight gain each week right now at about 1 pound to 1 ½ pound. As long as you’re gaining about 4 pounds every month, you’ll be on track.

Ending Week 15

During weeks 15 through 20, you may be offered amniocentesis, especially if you are at high risk for genetic or chromosomal issues with your baby. This can include Down syndrome. Whether or not you go through with this is a decision you and your partner or spouse need to make carefully together.

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