Most moms report enjoying this time in their pregnancy because you’re likely still feeling better and more energetic than you did in your first trimester. And your little one is now around 70.8g, 10cm and is roughly the size of a pear!
Your baby at 15 weeks
Your baby is busy moving their arms and legs, though you likely won’t feel movement yet as they’re still so small. Their legs are growing longer than their arms, and their taste buds are starting to develop.
Your baby is also practising their sucking, breathing and swallowing motions, and you’ll likely be able to tell now whether you’re having a boy or a girl.
Your body at 15 weeks
You may not have an obvious bump yet, especially if this is your first pregnancy, but soon your uterus will outgrow your pelvis and start to push upwards. You may be experiencing a few new symptoms this week such as gas, swollen gums, nosebleeds and shortness of breath.
Here’s what you might be experiencing:
- Lower back pain related to the physical changes your body is going through. Try warm (not hot!) baths to soothe the discomfort and consider retiring your high heels for the next few months.
- Boosted sex drive. The increase in the amount of blood flowing through your body means your sex organs are more sensitive and you may find yourself becoming aroused quite easily. Sex during pregnancy is safe, so enjoy it!
- Gas and heartburn, as a result of the hormones. Unfortunately, this often gets worse as you get closer to your due date.
- Round ligament pain, which is mild pain on the lower sides of your belly – usually on the right hand side – that might twinge when you roll over in bed, or when you make a sudden movement.
Taking care of yourself during this time
- While stress is, to an extent, unavoidable, try to control your stress levels at this time. Studies have shown that too much stress during pregnancy may have a negative impact on the fetus.
- Be kind to yourself! You’re going through lots of unfamiliar physical changes and you might be anxious too. You are, after all, growing an entire person!
- Make a point of scheduling some me-time and indulge in things that make you happy. That could include reading, journaling or even having an afternoon nap.