15 Weeks Pregnant Symptoms, Bump, Belly and Ultrasound: Another week passes, and you’re getting slowly but closer to delivering your newborn baby. Here’s what you should expect during the 15 weeks of pregnancy.
Here is What happened to your Body at 15 Weeks Pregnant
Being pregnant at this point means gaining an average of 5 pounds (or 2.27 kilograms). You may go over or under it a bit, but that shouldn’t worry about it at all. But if it’s way off the expected, then you should consult your doctor about your diet during your next appointment.
Previously: 14 Weeks Pregnant Symptoms
The shape of your belly is changing, but it may or may not be apparent to others. There’s also the possibility that you can feel, at about 4 or 5 inches (or 10, 12 centimeters) under your belly button, the top part of the uterus.
So how much did your baby grow?
When you reach the end of the week, the baby would be weighing around 2 ounces (57 grams) and at the height of about 4 3/4 inches (12 cm).
What’s happening to the baby during the 15 week Pregnancy?
At this point, the blood vessels of the fetus can be seen because of how thin the skin is. The ears are slowly developing from the outside and starting to resemble more an ordinary ear.
And if you happen to take an x-ray, you’ll be able to see the baby’s skeleton as his bones have begun to ossify during this period. Another fun fact is that, at this stage, babies start to suck their thumbs as proven by ultrasound images.
How should you plan out this week?
You’ll begin getting your fundal height (or fundus) measured by your healthcare provider during your prenatal appointments. The fundus is the distance separating the top of the uterus from the top of the pubic bone. If you’re used to going to one of those large clinics where you can’t guarantee that you’ll meet with the same healthcare provider in all appointments, then they might want to chart it for growth measurement.
It can also help determine the baby’s position. Small fundal height can mean a sideways position while a large height can mean breech presentation. Of course, it can be all confirmed through a pelvic examination or an ultrasound picture.
A few tips to make things easier
You may have some things to ask about concerning the sleeping position as you go through pregnancy. We advise starting to take a side-sleeping position. Sleeping on the back can cause some issues. It can lead to pressure being applied on the inferior vena cava (which provides the baby and the lower part of the body with blood) and the aorta by the uterus.
During the later stages of pregnancy, this can also lead to breathing problems. Also, even stomach sleeping will cause more pressure on the uterus,and you don’t want that.
If you’re not used to side-sleeping,and you don’t know how to make yourself comfortable with it. We recommend using a number of additional pillows or a body pillow designated for pregnant women. Ranging between $40 and 100$ or even more, pregnancy pillows are meant to support the whole body. A lot of pregnant ladies prefer them as they offer great comfort to the knees and back for a reasonable price.
A few tips for the partner
During this period, your partner maybe having a hard time getting some sleep. You can help her out by adjusting her pillows or by giving her a massage as she gets ready to go to bed. That can help her significantly in getting relaxed and ready for some rest.
If you happen to wake up before she does, be considering and try not disturbing her as much as possible, as it’ll be harder for her to fall back asleep if she wakes up.
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