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15 Weeks Pregnant - Symptoms, Baby Size And More

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Get all the regarding 15 - week pregnancy including symptoms, baby movement, baby size and checklist.The weight of the baby by now is about the size of a tennis ball, which is 2 ounces.

The baby is now growing as the time is passing by and you need to keep several things in mind while going through those ugly mood swings. In order to keep your 4 inches, long baby, healthy, there must be a procedure. One can’t just afford to risk anything at this point of time and the issues need to be handled carefully as your baby is probably busy in developing those little lungs. So what is it that you have to know when 15 weeks pregnant? Let’s have a look.

Baby Size At 15 Weeks Pregnant

The weight of the baby by now is about the size of a tennis ball, which is 2 ½ ounces. The growth is shown in this part as the legs are growing at a pace, which is faster than the pace of the arm’s growth.

15 weeks pregnant baby is about equal to size of apple

The senses are also active and light can now be felt even though the eyelids are shut and nothing can be seen. The taste buds are being developed and the time has finally come to know whether the child is a boy or a girl. However, the expectations should be kept aside and whatever the child may be, a positive and happy vibe must be maintained.

How Does your 15 weeks pregnant Belly Look Like?

When you are finally 3 months or 15 weeks pregnant, you need to also know what changes your body will show you. The belly will grow and your bump can be noticed as a sign of pregnancy. You will become the talk of the town with the belly coming all the way out of your pelvis.
15 weeks pregnant lady looks
However, in some cases, the bellies don’t reveal a pregnancy until the second trimester and you do not have to panic in such situation. You may show earlier in some cases if you have experienced pregnancy before in your life.

15 Weeks Pregnancy Symptoms

The perks of being 15 weeks pregnant can be shown here to you along with some head burning issues. But you need not worry that much as you have survived till now and will survive till the end. Just keep a track of things and rule it like a queen. You have made it till this stage and you are now getting there but you may still be surprised by an unexpected symptom now and then.

1- Itchy skin: The skin will irritate you like hell and there will be no other option then to scratch it with your way to long nails. The stretching of the skin causes this and once you are 15 weeks pregnant you need to deal with a situation like this for a long time ahead. It is nothing to worry about and is totally normal and you can use massage on the body to get rid of it. Some unscented moisturizers are good to go.

2- Infection: You need to have a contact with your midwife in case you have any kind of thrush or fungal infection at this stage. This is another level of irritation that you will experience.

3- Sex drive: Your energy at this point of time is regained and you are ready to get things back to the bed. But to not have a sex drive while 15 weeks pregnant you don’t have to take time overthinking it as it is completely normal at this stage.

4- Gas & Indigestion: It is very common due to hormonal changes. Avoid junk and deep-fried foods as they can increase stomach gas and acidity and leads to bloating and indigestion.

5- Breathes Shortness: You are breathing for two. With a belly rising up you may find it hard to breathe normally.
Shortness of breathing during pregnancy
Avoid taking stairs and lifting heavy weight from this time onwards.

1- Swollen Gums: Gums are more sensitive when you are 15 weeks pregnant. Visit your dentist regularly and include a healthy regime of brushing and flossing every day.

2- Nose bleeding: Some pregnant women also suffer nosebleeds as a result of increased blood volume and blood vessel expansion in the nose.

Ultrasound At 15 Weeks Pregnant

When you are 15 weeks pregnant, an ultrasound always comes handy to detect the baby movement and activities. During this stage, he/she is able to move all the limbs and joints. The baby also grows hiccups at 15 weeks of pregnancy.
15 weeks pregnant ultrasound image

15 Weeks Pregnancy To-do-list

1- Get your Multiple Marker Test done to detect different substances in the blood as such as Estriol, HCG (Human Chorionic Gonadotropin), Alpha Fetoprotein (AFP) etc. for the healthy development of your baby.

2- Get Amniocentesis test done to detect if your baby is developing neural tube defects or any genetic disease.

3- Get yourself enrolled in a prenatal exercise class. Water exercise, mild Pilates exercise or prenatal dance are some of the best exercise types to make your blood circulation flow accurately for a healthy pregnancy.

4- Shop for your maternity wardrobe as you are growing. Get plenty of A line dresses, Palazzos, Dungarees, and flared skirts to enrich your beauty more.

5- Moisturize your belly and other parts of the body to prevent the risk of stretch marks due to weight gain.

6- Start reading guide on pregnancy and labor to help you in critical time such as childbirth.

7- Start doing Kegel exercises (tightening and loosening of vaginal muscles) to tone your vagina for better sex along with preventing urinary tract leak during pregnancy.
 

Hope this article has been able to resolve your queries on 15-week pregnancy. Follow Elawoman blog to get regular updates on fertility health and treatment.

Dr. Sankar Das Mahapatra

About The Author

Obstetrician, Laparoscopic Surgeon Dr. Sankar Das Mahapatra
Kolkata

"Dr. Sankar Das Mahapatra is a Laparoscopic Surgeon (Obstetrics and Gynecology) and Gynecologist based in Kolkata. He has nearly 3 decades of experience. He completed his MBBS from Nil Ratan Sircar College and Hospital, Kolkata in 1990. After that, he enrolled himself in Patna Medical College, Patna in 1993 to get a degree in MS in Obstetrics and Gynaecology. He went to Australia to do his Fellowship in Minimal Access Surgery from Sydney University in 2005. With a book ""State of the Art of Laparoscopic Suturing"" under his name, he has been in a successful career of performing nearly 2000 Laparoscopic Procedures. He came back to India and became a member of the Indian Association of Gynecologic Laparoscopists (IAGE). He is very helpful to the patients having High-Risk Pregnancies and Abnormal Vaginal or Menstrual Bleeding. The patients seeking treatment for gynecological problems like Gyne Laparoscopy, Laparoscopic hysterectomy, IUI, and IVF can consult Dr. Mahapatra at Millenium Clinic, Teghoria and Narayana Multispeciality Hospital, Barasat, Kolkata. You can get his contact details on www.elawoman.com"

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Kamya Lalit

During my 15 weeks of pregnancy, I had a fungal infection. But with timely diagnosis and treatment of the same, I got well soon. It did not progress, else, it would have been difficult for me.

Oct. 10, 2018, 3:13 p.m. 5.0

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Archana V Patel

My pregnancy consultant advised me to do Kegel exercises. It was quite interesting for me. I even modified my diet and made it into a healthy and oil-free one. It helped me to stay stress-free too.

July 14, 2018, 11:41 a.m. 5.0

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Sheetal Kukareja

At the time of my third pregnancy, I faced a lot of skin problems. So, I took extra care of my skin. Surprisingly, my skin now glows much more than before. I look younger than before.

Feb. 12, 2018, 1:44 p.m. 4.5

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Cherish Cogswell

At 15 weeks pregnancy, one must check out the tests to be done at crucial basis. Amniocentesis is an elective test which occurs between weeks 15 and 20. This obtrusive test can analyze neural tube surrenders, chromosomal variations from the norm, and other hereditary issue. It's viewed as protect...

Oct. 28, 2017, 3:53 p.m. 4.5

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Kate Doucet

I can understand how it feels when it's 15 weeks pregnancy. It's very crucial for a pregnant woman to check her diet and weight. Specially, they need to keep a check that they do not catch any bacterial infection. Its very important that they sanitize their clothes and the utensils they are using...

Oct. 28, 2017, 3:53 p.m. 5.0

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