Week 15 of Your Pregnancy
During the second week of your second trimester, your baby's features are beginning to take shape.
Meanwhile, by week 15 of pregnancy, your morning sickness could very well be gone— but you might be experiencing some other unpleasant symptoms, like bleeding gums.
PREGNANCY WEEK 15
Your Body at Week 15 of Your Pregnancy
Many women have stuffy nose during their pregnancy and this is again due to hormones and increased blood volume. But, if you have a fever, coughing, sore throat, then it's probably a cold or another infection. Talk to your doctor, and eat foods high in vitamin C.
Starting in the second trimester, your baby's getting bigger and bigger, and consequently, you should be too. Aim for slow and steady weight gain, around 2 kgs each month on average, but again it depends on your medical condition and pre pregnancy weight.
Appetite and Food Cravings
During the second trimester most women find relief from nausea and food aversions and start to feel like to eat, finally. This is a good thing.
Heartburn and Indigestion
If you’ve got a burning sensation from the depths of your stomach to your mouth after you eat, then you’ve got pregnancy-induced indigestion and heartburn. Avoid heartburn triggers like spicy or fatty foods and caffeinated drinks and ask your doctor about pregnancy-safe heartburn remedies.
Your body has kind of adjusted to your pregnancy, and you may start to feel less tired and more energetic.
While your breasts are still growing and changing — for instance, your areolas are probably darker and your nipples may be on “high alert” — they may not feel as achy as they did in your first trimester.
Hormones relax your bowel muscles, so they are not that efficient in moving the waste products out from your body. Add high-fiber foods to your diet, like fruits, vegetables and whole grains, along with plenty of fluids, too.
You may notice veins crisscrossing their way across your belly and breasts, this is due to increased blood supply. These veins are doing the important work of taking nutrients and blood to your baby. They will gradually disappear.
Your brain-cell volume actually decreases during pregnancy. Pregnancy-induced brain fog is a fact. You may forget stuff that you had no problem remembering earlier, like maybe why you walked in the kitchen, where you placed your keys and so on. Don't worry it will get better on its own.
Round Ligament Pain
The ligaments on the right and left side of your lower belly are stretching out and getting thinner. As your belly gets heavier, the weight pulls on the ligaments, causing sharp or dull pain — especially when you walk or turn to the side. Try to take some rest whenever you can.
Your Baby at Week 15 of Your Pregnancy
How big is my baby?
Your baby is gaining weight quickly now, and their body is growing faster than their head. They weigh about 80g and measure about 12cm from head to bottom – about the size of an orange.
The bones in the baby’s ears are developing, which means they are starting to hear for the first time. They will be able to listen to the sound of your heartbeat, digestive system and voice. Their eyes are still fused shut, but they can respond to light.
They may be able to suck their thumb, grip with their fingers, squint and grimace. Fine hair, called lanugo, is starting to grow all over their body.
Your Baby is developing sense of taste
Your baby is forming taste buds, and nerves begin connecting them to the brain. By about 20 weeks, your baby's taste buds will be fully formed. During pregnancy, molecules of what you eat pass through your bloodstream and make it into your amniotic fluid.
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