What to expect at 15 weeks pregnant? During week 15, your baby is looking more like a baby. His body is now more proportionate, and his movements become more regular! Many fascinating changes take place in your womb right now. For example, your baby can now recognize light even though his eyelids are fused shut. He may even move his head away from light! Probably the most amazing change of all is the fact that your baby can now hear your voice — so be sure to start chatting and singing. And of course, don’t forget to listen to some classic music — it’s an old wives’ tale, but it will definitely aid in your baby’s development once he’s born.
A few notable symptoms show up during week 15. You may notice a dark vertical line running down your bump — this is called “linea nigra,” and is very common among pregnant women. Don’t worry — you won’t have it forever. Once your little one is born, the line will fade away.
Your bump has also gotten a little bigger, and you might find yourself changing your usual sleep position to accommodate it. That’s just the beginning — in about five months from now, your bump will be really huge!
Week 15 may be the perfect time to start wearing maternity clothing. If you haven’t gone to shopping yet, then you’d better hurry up, or soon you’ll not be able to without help.
Your nose will be stuffed up as a result of hormonal changes and increased blood flow to mucous membranes. Nosebleedsare fairly common as well. If you experience one, don’t worry — if you get nosebleeds frequently, make sure to inform your doctor or midwife about this.
Some women also report bleeding gums. While this is somewhat normal, it’s a good idea to see a dentist about this issue. One thing you can do to minimize bleeding is eating more protein, calcium, and vitamins C, B, and D. Good oral hygiene is a must if you want to keep your teeth healthy and avoid gingivitis, which can lead to periodontitis. Brush your teeth after every meal, and floss after snacking to eliminate any food remnants. A bottle of mouthwash will also help kill all bacteria in your mouth.
Your Baby’s Development
Let’s talk business — how is your baby developing during week 15?
How big is a baby at 15 weeks? You’ll probably want to know that your baby is now in proportion size wise by now. His body has caught up with the head in terms of growing, and he’s around 9-10 cm long — the size of an orange. Lanugo (fine downy hair) keeps growing on his body, and will keep growing until your baby develops subcutaneous tissue to keep him warm after birth.
When you're 15 weeks pregnant, your baby’s taste buds are also developing, and they’re so sophisticated that he’d be able to recognize flavors! His eyes may be fused shut, but did you know that he can sense light? That’s right — and he may even turn his head away. His sucking, grasping, and swallowing skills are developing, so don’t be surprised if the ultrasound shows you a little human sucking his thumb!
Ultrasound Images of 15 Week Pregnancy
Bellies at 15 Weeks
Taking an amniocentesis between weeks 15 and 18 is a smart idea. This test helps identify potential genetic and chromosomal disorders, such as Dawn’s. If it helps you breathe more easily, you should know that most mommies get good news about their babies — so don’t worry!
Start wearing your maternity clothes to accommodate your growing tummy — and be sure to feel sexy every minute!
If you drive frequently, here’s a tip: Keep the seatbelt with the lap part under your bump and the upper part going over the top of your belly and between the breasts. Also, make sure to position your seat as far away from the dashboard or steering wheel as possible while still being able to drive safely and comfortably!