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    What you need to know about 15 Weeks Pregnancy - 15 Weeks Pregnancy Symptoms

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    Medically Reviewed by Dr. Deepika Tiwari - MS, MBBS on 23 May 2019 - Written by Dr. Sankar Das Mahapatra - MS, Fellowship, MBBS - Grammatically Approved by Dr. Kavita Jaggi Agrawal - MS, MBBS

    15 weeks pregnancy is a crucial stage of pregnancy. You need to know that 15 weeks pregnancy symptoms are itchy skin, shortness of breath, gum bleeding, chances of nose bleeding, sex drive, indigestion, and gastric issues. You need to keep in mind that these symptoms are quite common and need to be addressed during pregnancy.

    Let’s Discuss in More Details About Baby Size At 15 Weeks Pregnant:

    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 the 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

    Written by

    MS, Fellowship, MBBS
    Laparoscopic Surgeon, Obstetrician
    Kolkata

    Dr. Sankar Das Mahapatra is one of the leading Gynecologist, Obstetrician and Infertility Specialist based in Salt Lake, Kolkata. He has almost 2 decades of experience and has performed more than 3000 laparoscopic surgeries with a good track record. He is an expert in Laparoscopic hysterectomy, Intrauterine insemination (IUI) and Gynecology Laparoscopy.
    He provides full support to patients having High-Risk Pregnancies and Abnormal Vaginal or Menstrual Bleeding. He is very skilled in performing Laparoscopic Hysterectomy, Laparoscopic Myomectomy & Endometriosis surgery.
    Dr. Sankar Dasmahapatra earned his bachelor’s degree (M.B.B.S) from Nil Ratan Sirkar College and Hospital under Calcutta University in 1990. Three years later, he also achieved the Master’s degree (M.S) in gynecology & obstetrics from Patna University. Furthermore, he went on to complete his Fellowship in Minimal Access Surgery from, Sydney University, Australia in 2005. He is an esteemed member of Federation of Obstetric and Gynecological Societies of India (FOGSI) and Indian Association of Gynecological Endoscopist (IAGE).
    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. Dr. Sankar Das Mahapatra is well-updated with the latest advancements in fertility treatments and carries the knowledge along with good communication and excellent operative skill. He has received sophisticated training in many advanced centers in India and is accredited by the American College of Gynecologist & Obstetrician which is highly valued in the medical industry. He is a very reliable gynecologist who has successfully handled many high-risk pregnancies during the medical practice of the last 2 years. He is presently practicing as a Consultant Infertility Specialist at Millenium Clinic and The Barasat Clinic.
    Millenium Clinic is a well-known Gynecology/Obstetrics Clinic in Tegharia, Kolkata. The centre is known for providing a wide range of services related to gynecology and obstetrics such as Antenatal care, Laparoscopic surgery, Myomectomy, Community Gynaecology and treatment of Female Urinary tract disease, PCOS, Endometriosis, Abnormal Uterine Growth and many more. The hospital provides the best surrogacy and fertility service as per the requirement and budget of patients. The centre caters to the medical needs of the patient with full dedication, precision, and care.
    The Millenium Clinic serves the patient from Mon to Sat - 7:00 AM to 9:00 PM.

    SOURCES AND REFERENCES:

    • Know about signs of pregnancy while on birth control - how to prevent pregnancy?  sign of pregnancy, Elawoman - 2017
    • What are the top 6 risk factors of pregnancy after 30 and success rates?  pregnancy, Elawoman - 2017
    • How to get pregnant fast - how often to have sex to get pregnant?  sex, Elawoman - 2017

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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 protected…

    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 o…

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

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