At 15 weeks pregnant, knowing what to expect helps you to ensure that you are properly caring for your body and your growing baby. You are into your second trimester and things are really starting to progress. You want to know more about what is happening to your body and exactly how your baby is progressing. Make sure that you are mindful about your own personal care and that you are doing everything that your doctor recommends. This ensures that both you and your baby are as healthy as possible.
Your Belly at 15 Weeks Pregnant
You belly is very noticeable now and you have gained an average of five pounds. You are likely starting to explore maternity clothes to ensure comfort as your belly grows. In addition to your belly growing, there are a number of other things happening to your body that you want to know about.
Pregnancy rhinitis is very common at this stage of your pregnancy due to increased mucous membrane blood flow and hormonal changes. This can cause you to start feeling like your nose is constantly stuffy. You might also experience nosebleeds due to this. If you do not have a bleeding disorder, the bleeding is low and these are not terribly frequent, you are fine. However, mentioning them to your doctor is still a good idea.
Getting an Ultrasound at 15 Weeks Pregnant
At this point in your pregnancy, you might be able to learn your baby’s gender during the ultrasound. If not, do not worry because you will know very soon. You can choose between a regular ultrasound or a 3D ultrasound at this point, depending on you and your doctor’s preferences. You will be able to really see your baby starting to take shape and becoming a little person at this stage of your pregnancy.
Your Baby at 15 Weeks Pregnant
Your baby is approximately 2.5 ounces and four inches long at this stage of your pregnancy. This equates to about the size and weight of a general-sized apple. Amniotic fluid is going through the baby’s upper respiratory tract and nose, helping to encourage proper lung development. All of the baby’s limbs and joints are moving and they baby can sense light, even though the eyelids are still closed. Taste buds are forming, but of course, your baby is not eating anything that really requires them to taste.
At 15 weeks pregnant, your baby is really progressing and you might even get to learn the gender. This is an exciting time because you are into your second trimester and many people are preparing to tell their loved ones their baby’s gender or they are allowing the excitement to grow. Make sure to be mindful of your nutrition since growth is rapid and both mom and baby need an array of nutrients to ensure adequate health. Keep in close contact with your doctor and make sure to follow all instructions.