15 weeks pregnant: what should I expect?
When you are 15 weeks pregnant your energy levels will be up and you will start to feel better. You will start to get excited when you notice your body’s changing shape.
You will now be able to enjoy foods that you avoided in the past few weeks. Research has shown babies tend to have a special liking for foods that the mother eats during pregnancy. If you eat a lot of oranges now you may notice your baby will love oranges too. So eat wisely and make healthy eating choices. You don’t want your baby eating only fries and junk food.
You might start to have trouble in finding things to wear because none of your clothes will fit you properly. There are many stores available today to accommodate your in-between size when you are not fully big yet. You don’t have to wear unflattering loose clothes. There are many cute options today for a pregnant mother at various stages of her pregnancy.
Physical changes when you are 15 weeks pregnant
- It’s not your imagination but along with clothes you might find your shoes don’t fit you either. The hormone progesterone is responsible for the increase in your shoe size. This hormone usually relaxes the ligaments around your pelvis to assist in childbirth, but sometimes it can increase the size of your feet. You can wear flip flops or shoes with elastic so that your feet won’t feel like they are choking.
- Nose bleeds are another common occurrence during your pregnancy. Don’t be alarmed if you have a nose bleed because of a congested nose or cold. Nose bleeds occur because of the increased volume of blood in your body. You may find them irritating when they arrive unexpectedly. Use soft tissues with aloe Vera to sooth your nose. Avoid blowing your nose too hard as it can worsen the bleed.
- You may notice an extra shine on your skin. Hormonal changes will increase oil production on your skin. To keep your skin oil free dab your face with tissues that are designed to absorb oil. You can also use oil free moisturizer along with washing your face twice a day.
- Your breasts will continue to get larger. You will feel their weight is dragging you down at times. Wear proper support to avoid pains and aches. Increase in breast size is nature’s way of preparing them for breastfeeding.
Emotional changes in you at week 15
- You will feel strong and mentally rested this week. You might feel like Oprah Winfrey this week. You will love everyone and you will want to help people if they are having problems. You might feel the world is a good place after all and there is goodness in everyone. These feelings are nothing to be surprised at because pregnancy is the time you will feel all nurturing.
- You will look at your tummy every now and then to see if your tummy has grown. You might start to rub your belly without realizing it. When out shopping you may unconsciously rest your hand on your belly. You tummy may look bloated because of gas and constipation. Continue drinking water and eating fiber rich foods.
- You might continuously be counting how far your due date is and wonder what date your baby will be born – will it be earlier or further than expected? It’s normal to be excited about the new arrival in your family.
How’s my baby doing?
- Your cutie pie will be wriggling and jumping all around this week. If you do an ultrasound at this time you will notice your baby is having a party down there.
- Your baby will now be around four inches long and its body will be catching up with the size of its head. In the earlier weeks your baby’s head was almost half the length of its body. It won’t appear top heavy as much at this stage.
- Your baby’s hearing is increasing. If you play soft music your baby can hear it. Loud noises can startle your baby as its hearing is becoming more sensitive.
Useful tips for you for week 15
- Drink lots of fresh tap water everyday. Try to drink at least two to three liters of water everyday. The fluoride in the tap water will help you and your baby’s teeth by protecting the teeth from cavities.
- Have lots of citrus fruits or juice containing vitamin C. This is essential to help your body absorb iron. Squeeze lemon juice in everything you eat. It’s the easiest way to get your daily dose of vitamin C.
- Urinary tract infection is another common problem during pregnancy. Drinking plenty of water will prevent this infection. Wipe yourself with wet wipes from front to back to keep your pubic area clean. Avoiding going to the bathroom will increase the chance of urinary tract infection.
- It’s never too early to think baby names. You might ask your friends and relatives to help you pick names.