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At week 15 of pregnancy baby development, after going through some remarkable changes, babies start to look like human beings. They weigh around three ounces and measures up to four inches. The baby’s body proportions are becoming normal since their legs are now longer than their arms. The eyes and ears are slowly migrating to their proper spots. The baby will continue to make small movements since they can now move their joints. The baby’s skeleton will start to ossify so they are visible should you take an X-ray. At the same time, the baby’s skin is still thin and translucent, meaning blood vessels are still visible. The baby will also be able to sense light, even though their eyes remain closed.
At week 15 of pregnancy baby development, you might want to consider wearing maternity clothes now. It is normal to lose or not gain weight at all during the first trimester. This is due to nausea and fatigue. But for trimester two, you will start to notice an increase in weight gain. It is recommended to gain at least a half-pound or one pound per week. At the same time, your breasts and nipples get bigger. This is because of the developing milk ducts and mammary glands for breastfeeding.
As your body adjusts, your emotions may also shift. You might feel anxious or elated as you begin to notice visible changes. An increase in libido is expected since you are gaining your energy back. Check-in with your doctor first before engaging in intercourse for safety measures.
At week 15 pregnancy baby development, noticeable weight changes are expected. The key is to gain slowly and steadily. The rapid increase in gained weight can lead to complications and health risks. You should also be aware of the following symptoms you might experience:
Your next doctor’s visits from week 15 of pregnancy baby development are crucial. At this early stage, you might want to ask your doctor about preeclampsia. This condition develops late in trimester two but you might show symptoms already. These include high blood pressure and severe swelling of hands and face. Your doctor might recommend taking small doses of aspirin to minimize the risk. Moreover, contact your doctor if you experience the following. These are symptoms of premature labor:
Beginning around week 15 of pregnancy baby development, you might want to consider undergoing the following tests. These will help determine if your baby might have genetic disorders.
These tests are not mandatory. Consult with your doctor which is necessary and fit for your condition. You are likely to undergo more diagnostic procedures when found to be at high risk.
While your baby’s growth and development is the top priority, you should not neglect your health either. Your health is linked to your baby’s. Your energy level is expected to increase at week 15 of pregnancy baby development. As a result, your appetite will also increase. Gaining weight is inevitable when pregnant. However, when the increase becomes unreasonable, it poses health risks that might affect your baby’s development. These are ways on how to manage pregnancy weight gain:
In the Philippines, the Food and Nutrition Research Institute under the Department of Science and Technology has developed a food guide pregnant women can follow. This includes what food to eat as well as their corresponding proportions.
Your baby is growing rapidly during week 15 of pregnancy baby development. The baby’s body parts are slowly coming into place, while its movements are becoming prominent. At the same time, your baby bump will become more noticeable. And expect an increase in weight. Hormonal changes will also bring out symptoms like nosebleeds, swollen gums, and indigestion. It is important to eat meals with the right nutrients and in controlled portions. Extra calories will only lead to complications and health risks. During doctor’s visits, you might want to know about which tests to take in order to determine if your baby is at risk for genetic defects. Finding out early can prevent the condition from worsening.
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