You and Your 15 Weeks Pregnant Belly: What to Expect

Your baby is able to form a fist in your week 15 pregnancy and begins to grow hair too. Eyebrows start to appear, as you will see on the 15 week gender ultrasound, along with potentially learning at this point whether you are having a boy or girl.

A fine layer of hair, known as lanugo, is starting to cover your baby’s body. This hair keeps the baby’s body temperature constant. The lanugo performs this temperature function until the baby is born; it disappears soon before birth.

His or her skeleton continues to take shape in your 15 weeks pregnant belly, with more bone building and muscle development happening every day. Your 15 week ultrasound will reveal these developments. The boy or girl’s taste buds are also forming now.

Changes to Your Body:

You may notice that it is harder to catch your breath than usual, which is one of the common week 15 pregnancy symptoms. Try to take it easy and avoid overexertion, if possible.

At 15 weeks pregnant, what to expect also may include yeast infections. This issue is easily treatable with topical fungal creams, but it is best to consult your doctor or pharmacist first if you notice any itchiness, odour, or unusual discharge.

While week 15 pregnancy symptoms vary from mom to mom, you will experience some weight gain at this point. On average, up to 5 pounds are gained by now.

Lifestyle Considerations:

Depending on your age and medical history, your doctor may suggest you undergo prenatal testing. The two most common tests are the maternal serum screening test and amniocentesis, both of which can be performed between a 15 weeks pregnancy and week 20.

The maternal serum screening test is a simple blood test that is designed to test for markers that can indicate whether you at high risk of having a baby with a neural-tube defect like Spina Bifida or a genetic condition like Down Syndrome. Amniocentesis is invasive, but it can give you a definitive diagnosis if previous tests have indicated a possible abnormality.

When you have amniocentesis, the doctor inserts a long, skinny needle into your 15 weeks pregnant belly to extract a sample of fluid from the amniotic sac. When examined in a lab, the amniotic fluid can reveal some genetic disorders as well as chromosomal abnormalities like Down Syndrome and neural tube defects.

It is important to be aware of the possible risks of an amniocentesis in a 15 weeks pregnancy or beyond. Consult your midwife or doctor to learn more about amniocentesis.

General Advice

Meditation and deep breathing exercises can help if you find yourself short of breath or anxious about upcoming tests. Even just meditating for 5 minutes a day can help you find peace during the pregnancy process and be a holistic mind-body tool.

Also, even if a sonogram technician has determined your baby’s gender in a 15 week ultrasound, you should still come back in a few weeks to confirm the gender. A 15 week gender ultrasound is about 80 percent accurate.

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