15 Weeks Pregnant: Your Checklist
- Help prevent swelling by walking, swimming, or doing yoga
- Rest frequently with your feet elevated and be sure to drink plenty of water
- Investigate maternity leave options at your workplace
Your Baby’s Development
Parents are often amazed by the softness of their newborn’s skin. Your baby’s skin has been continuously developing, and is so thin and translucent that the blood vessels are visible through it. Hair growth continues on the eyebrows and the head. Your baby’s ears are almost in position now, although they’re still a bit low on the head.Watch Your Baby Grow
Your baby’s skeletal system continues to develop. Muscle development continues too, and your baby is probably making lots of movements with the head, mouth, arms, wrists, hands, legs, and feet.
Has it sunk in yet that you’re pregnant? Many women say that it isn’t until they trade in their jeans for maternity clothes and other people start noticing their swelling abdomens that the reality of pregnancy sets in. For many, this realization is both joyful and scary.
It’s normal to feel as if you’re on an emotional roller coaster (you have your hormones to thank). Another thing you may be feeling? Scatterbrained. Even the most organized women report that pregnancy somehow makes them forgetful, clumsy, and unable to concentrate. Try to keep the stress in your life to a minimum and take your “mental lapses” in stride — they’re only temporary.
Pregnancy symptoms at 15 weeks
Your womb, cervix and vagina have more blood flowing to them during pregnancy. Although this is great for your developing baby, it also means more vaginal discharge. You’re probably aware of this symptom already. You may have even added panty-liners to your shopping list or taken to keeping spare knickers in your handbag. As long as the discharge looks and smells the same as it did before you conceived, it’s nothing to worry about.
However, changes to the colour, consistency or smell of your discharge are a warning sign of a vaginal infection. These are, unfortunately, a fairly common side effect of pregnancy.
Thin, grey discharge that smells fishy may mean you have bacterial vaginosis. Or discharge that looks a bit like cottage cheese may be thrush. If you’re in any doubt about whether your discharge is normal or not, ask your midwife or GP for advice.
What you need to know at 15 weeks pregnant
Different foods have vitamins and minerals, each of which help your baby in a particular way. Calcium and vitamin D are essential for him to build strong bones and teeth. Iron is needed for your baby’s body to produce red blood cells, and zinc helps his organs to form.
You can help your baby’s development by eating a well-balanced diet. Try to include food from the four main food groups every day: fruit and vegetables, starchy food such as bread and cereals, dairy products, and proteins such as meat, fish, pulses or eggs.