15 Weeks Pregnant

Here’s a bit of what you might be experiencing, from sexy (increased libido) to not-so-sexy (nosebleeds and stomach issues) at week 15 pregnancy.

  1. Increased sex drive Now that your energy is back, you may be feeling more energetic in the bedroom as well. Of course, with all the other 15 weeks pregnant symptoms you may be feeling, if you’re not up to sex, it’s completely understandable.
  2. Nosebleeds You may experience nosebleeds or a blocked nose. This common condition is called rhinitis of pregnancy. It is a result of increased blood volume and blood vessel expansion in the nose.
  3. Heartburn, gas and/or indigestion Blame these tummy troubles on the hormones. Pay attention to foods that are triggering your symptoms and try to avoid them. Also, talk to your doctor about what stomach remedies are safe. Stock up on some antacids, which are doubly awesome because they have lots of much-needed calcium!
  4. Swollen gums Your gums are more sensitive now that you’re pregnant. Take extra good care of them. Brush your teeth often, floss gently, and see your dentist for regular checkups.
  5. Shortness of breath Notice that you’re easily winded? Let’s face it; it’s getting more crowded in your torso. That means it might be trickier for your lungs to expand enough to get a full breath.

If you’re 15 weeks pregnant with twins, your symptoms probably aren’t much different than they would be for a mom carrying one baby at 15 weeks. However, because higher hormone levels in trimester one may have made you more likely to have morning sickness, you may still be having bouts of nausea, which should begin to lessen soon. Let your OB know if you have any severe or concerning symptoms.

Development of Baby

At 15 weeks pregnant, baby is as big as a navel orange. The average 15-week fetus weighs 2.5 ounces and measures 4 inches—and baby’s proportions are becoming even more normal, since his or her legs now out-measure the arms. Although the eyelids are still fused shut, she can now detect light.

Primitive air sacs in the lungs are developing through the process of moving amniotic fluid through the nose and upper respiratory tract.

Limbs are longer and more in proportion and joints more flexible. He or she is able to move all limbs and joints.

This is the week during which your healthcare practitioner may be able to determine the sex of your baby.

Advice

If you’ve chosen to do a Multiple Marker Screen (MMS, a.k.a. Triple or Quad Screen Test), you’ll have blood drawn between week 15 pregnancy and week 20. This screening measures levels of certain proteins and hormones in a mom-to-be’s blood to give her a more accurate assessment of baby’s risk of neural tube defects than the first trimester screening offers.

You may decide to have an amniocentesis between now and 18 weeks gestation.  Amniocentesis is another elective test … it happens between weeks 15 and 20. During the test, a small amount of amniotic fluid, which contains foetal cells, is sampled from the amniotic sac surrounding the developing foetus. This test can identify some genetic and chromosomal disorders. This invasive test can diagnose neural tube defects, chromosomal abnormalities, and other genetic disorders. It’s considered safe overall but does pose some risks. Ensure you familiarise yourself with the potential risks associated with this test before deciding whether or not you’re going to go ahead with it. You may choose amnio if you have an abnormal triple or quad test or if your baby has a higher risk of genetic abnormalities.

For the amnio, the doctor will use the ultrasound to see inside your 15-week pregnant belly and will guide a needle into the amniotic sac to gather a sample of fluid to be tested. All these tests can be stressful; in between, find some time to pamper yourself.

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Second Trimester (Week 14 – Week 27)