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15 Weeks Pregnant

May 16, 2019

15 Weeks Pregnant

15 Weeks Pregnant
15 Weeks Pregnant

Your Baby at 15 Weeks

Every week, your baby is becoming more like a, well, baby! At 15 weeks pregnant, they’re moving and grooving in there as they continue to grow and develop.

How Big is Baby at 15 Weeks?

The size of baby at 15 weeks is about 4 inches long, and weighing around 2.47 ounces. That’s about the size of a Ring Pop.

Baby’s Development at 15 Weeks Pregnant

  • Working joints: Your baby at 15 weeks can move all their joints and is practicing moving around in there.
  • Translucent skin: If you could see 15 week fetus pictures, you’d see that your baby’s skin is thin and see-through. Later on, they’ll pack on some baby fat, which will make it more opaque.
  • Seeing light: Your 15 week fetus is able to sense light, even though their teeny eyes are still closed. (Pretty cool, huh?) If someone shines a flashlight on your belly, the baby will probably move away from the beam.
Pregnant with Twins?

If you’re 15 weeks pregnant with twins, you’re likely showing by now, and have probably had a few chances to hear both heartbeats by now.

💛 Congratulations 💛

There are 175 days until your due date.

Pregnancy Ultrasound Week 15

Photo by Tommy’s

15 Weeks Pregnant Symptoms

At 15 weeks pregnant, you may notice bleeding, but luckily, it’s not the scary kind! As your body makes more blood to accommodate your growing baby, you may notice minor bleeding from your nose and even your gums. Let’s look at what other 15 weeks pregnant symptoms you may be experiencing:

  • Nosebleeds: Your body is making a lot of extra blood. (By the end of your pregnancy you’ll have four extra pounds of it!) This may lead to more nosebleeds than usual.
  • Swollen gums: The extra blood volume can also make gums more sensitive. You might want to switch to a softer toothbrush. It’s really important to take care of your teeth and gums now because pregnancy increases the risk of gum disease. So make flossing a regular habit and don’t miss your regular dental visits.
  • Gas, indigestion, and/or heartburn: Sorry, but the end of morning sickness doesn’t mean the end of tummy woes. You might be more sensitive to the foods you eat while you’re pregnant, so learn to avoid triggers (spicy and greasy foods tend to be the obvious ones, but there could be others) and avoid taking any stomach meds like antacids without your doc’s approval.
  • Libido boost: As you get your energy back, you may also notice your sex drive spike. Enjoy!

Can you feel baby at 15 weeks? Some women can while others can’t. If you can’t yet, rest assured that you will very soon!

Top Tip for 15 Weeks Pregnant

Fish recommendations making your head spin? Stick to salmon, shrimp, domestic crab or small fish like anchovies and sardines. Avoid tuna, shark and big fish like mackerel or sea bass, which all contain potentially dangerous levels of mercury.

What to Eat (and Avoid) When Pregnant

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We get so many contradictory recommendations that it’s hard to sift through the useful from the useless. If you’re looking for a pregnancy book, check out Emily Oster’s Expecting Better. What are the major takeaways about foods to avoid?

  • Coffee is okay ☕.
  • So is sushi (but avoid high-mercury fish like tuna) 🍣.

And then there’s listeria. You’ll read about (and probably be told by friends and your doctor or midwife) how you shouldn’t eat things like hot dogs, soft cheeses, raw juices and deli meats while you’re pregnant. That’s because of listeria. It’s a food-borne illness that’s riskier for pregnant women. You are more likely to get it when you are pregnant, and you are more likely to have complications from it.

Luckily it is very, very rare, but there are still reported cases of it in the U.S. So how do you avoid it? Get the full scoop here.

Partner Tip

Consider taking on her new habits too. If she’s skipping the booze, so should you. Solidarity shows her that you’re in this together.

Your 15 Weeks Pregnant Belly

To you, your body is rapidly changing, but your pregnancy still might not be noticeable to everyone else. When you touch your belly, you might feel that the top of your uterus is now about four to five inches below your belly button.

Average total weight gain is about 5 pounds at the 15th week of pregnancy. If you’ve gained significantly more or less than this, don’t freak out. But your doc may want to talk about it at your next appointment, since healthy weight gain is important to your and your baby’s health.

You may start to feel baby’s movements in that belly of yours! Those first flutters appear a different times for different moms-to-be, but some say as early as 13 weeks to 16 weeks. Others may not be able to tell the difference between gas and baby kicks until about 17 weeks to 22 weeks.

Find yourself talking to your belly? So not weird. In fact, we think you should keep it up! Baby will soon start to hear, and by 20 weeks, the inner ear will be fully developed. Your mini-you will be listening in, and will totally recognize your voice at birth.

What to Expect with All the Pregnancy Tests

There are a few big tests coming up, and you’re going to have some choices to make. You may consider having one or two of these optional tests:

  • Quad screen: This test screens hormones and proteins in your blood to determine the baby’s risk of having a neural tube defect, Down syndrome or other genetic condition. It usually happens between 15 weeks and 20 weeks.
  • Amniocentesis: Also available between 15 weeks and 20 weeks is the amnio, which can actually detect neural tube defects, Down syndrome or other genetic conditions with 99 percent accuracy. It’s more invasive, since amniotic fluid needs to be taken.

And you’ll almost definitely have this one:

Anatomy scan: This mid-pregnancy ultrasound happens between 18 and 20 weeks. Baby’s full anatomy literally gets scanned to make sure everything looks healthy and amniotic fluid levels get checked. The test helps screen for genetic abnormalities.

Talk over all your test options with your partner and your doc to decide what’s right for your family. Screening is a common place to start. If the results show a higher risk, or if your baby is at higher risk of genetic abnormalities because of family history or another reason, you may opt for a diagnostic test.

Fun Fact

Your heart literally grows during pregnancy. It gets about 12% bigger.

Baby Bumps at 15 Weeks Pregnant

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Week 15 Pregnancy Checklist

  • Clothes getting tight? This is a great time to start buying maternity clothes. You don’t need tons of stuff; instead, create a good maternity capsule wardrobe.
  • Start a project. Channel that second trimester energy into something that brings you joy, like decorating your nursery, learning to knit or cooking.
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