What to Expect When You’re 15 Weeks Pregnant

Summary: When you are 15 weeks both you and the baby are going through rapid changes. The baby at this stage is quickly growing and developing all the vital organs.

When you are 15 weeks pregnant your baby is rapidly growing inside you. There are a lot of changes occurring in the baby’s body and yours as well. The baby is now about 4 inches and weighs around 2.5 ounces. In other words, your baby is now about the size of an apple. The baby’s legs are growing faster than the arms. He or she is taking amniotic fluid into the lungs and “breathing” it out. This helps the air sacs in the lungs to slowly develop. The baby is also developing taste buds, even though there is not much to taste inside the womb. Your baby can now sense light. The eyelids are fused shut, but the baby can still detect light. For example, if you shine a flashlight at your belly, the baby is most likely to turn away from the light.

When you are 15 weeks pregnant, most of the uncomfortable symptoms will disappear. You are now in your second trimester which is a relatively comfortable stage of your pregnancy. You will notice that the morning sickness that you had suffered through in your first trimester has disappeared. Your energy levels will also improve and you will find that you are no longer tired all the time. With increasing energy levels your mood will also improve. You might notice a weight gain of about 5 pounds at this stage of your pregnancy. A lot of new symptoms might also appear when you are 15 weeks pregnant, but none of them are quite serious. A common condition experienced by pregnant women is “rhinitis of pregnancy”, where the nose gets congested. This is due to increased blood flow to the mucus membranes of the nose and changes in hormone levels. Some women also experience nosebleeds due to similar reasons.

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To get an idea of how your baby looks like at 15 weeks, you can look at some pictures on the web. At this stage you can also find out whether your baby is a boy or a girl! An ultrasound will reveal the sex of the baby, but don’t be worried if the healthcare practitioner is unable to tell you the first time. The baby may be curled up or turned in such a way that it is hard to tell. Finally, if you are planning to have amniocentesis, then the best time would be between 15 to 18 weeks. There is no need to worry because in most cases the test merely reveals that everything is as it should be.

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