Congratulations, mommy! You are now 15 weeks pregnant and your baby is growing and developing at a rapid pace. At this stage, your little one is about the size of an apple and weighs around 2.5 ounces.
Your baby’s bones are becoming harder and more defined, while their muscles are developing and strengthening. Their face is also taking on a more human-like appearance, with their eyes moving closer together and their ears shifting to their final position on their head.
One of the most exciting developments during Week 15 is that your baby can now hear your voice! They may even start to recognize specific sounds, such as music or your partner’s voice.
If you haven’t already found out your baby’s gender, Week 15 is typically when you can schedule an ultrasound to do so. However, keep in mind that some babies may still be too small to determine their gender, so don’t be disappointed if you have to wait a bit longer.
Mom’s Body Changes
As your baby grows, your body will continue to undergo changes as well. You may start to experience round ligament pain, which feels like a sharp twinge in your lower abdomen or groin area. This is caused by the stretching of the ligaments that support your uterus.
Another common symptom at 15 weeks is increased vaginal discharge. This is completely normal and is caused by hormonal changes in your body.
Tips for Mom
At 15 weeks pregnant, it’s important to prioritize your own health and well-being. Make sure to eat a balanced diet and stay hydrated, as this will help support your baby’s growth and development.
You may also want to consider starting a pregnancy exercise routine, such as prenatal yoga or swimming. Not only will this help you stay in shape, but it can also relieve stress and improve your mood.
Is it safe to have sex at 15 weeks pregnant?
Yes, it is generally safe to have sex during pregnancy, as long as you are comfortable and your doctor has not advised otherwise. However, if you experience any pain or bleeding after sex, contact your healthcare provider immediately.
What if I still haven’t felt my baby move?
It’s completely normal for first-time moms to not feel their baby move until around 20 weeks. However, if you are concerned or have gone more than a few days without feeling any movement, contact your doctor.
Can I travel at 15 weeks pregnant?
In general, it is safe to travel during pregnancy up until around 36 weeks. However, it’s always a good idea to consult with your doctor first and take any necessary precautions, such as wearing compression socks to prevent blood clots.
What foods should I avoid during pregnancy?
It’s important to avoid certain foods during pregnancy, such as raw or undercooked meat, fish with high levels of mercury, and unpasteurized dairy products. Consult with your doctor for a complete list of foods to avoid.
You can start shopping for baby items anytime you’d like, but it’s generally recommended to wait until after your first trimester to start making big purchases. This is because the risk of miscarriage is higher during the first trimester.
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