Your Pregnancy: Week 15

Pregnancy week by week: You are 15 weeks pregnant


 

Your Body

If you run your hand along your belly 7.5 to 10 centimetres under your bellybutton, you can feel the firm, smooth top of your uterus. In medical speak, it’s called the fundus.

Because your immune system is suppressed to protect baby (your body perceives the fetus as a foreign entity), you’re more vulnerable to viruses like colds, coughs and the flu. Keep germs at bay by washing your hands regularly and not making close contact with people who are ill. Fight infection by consuming antioxidant-rich foods (they contain vitamins A and C), like berries, tomatoes, broccoli, garlic and green tea.

Dark, brownish splotches that appear around the eyes and on the nose and cheeks are called chloasma (a.k.a. “the pregnancy mask”) and are triggered by pregnancy hormones in 50 to 75 percent of expectant women. The darkening should fade after your baby’s birth. The sun only exacerbates these skin discolorations so, in the meantime, apply a sunblock with a high SPF and wear a hat when you’re outside.

Baby’s World

From the top of his head to his tush, baby measures 9 to 11 cm. (3.5 – 4.3 in.) and weighs 50 g (0.11 lb.); he’s the size of an apple. Hair on his head is sprouting and eyebrows are noticeable. His eyelids are fused together; however, he can still detect light. His hearing is developing at a rapid pace but because his brain is not sending auditory signals, he can’t hear. Blood vessels are visible through his delicate, tissue paper skin. His legs have outgrown his arms. The majority of major organs are in place — heart, lungs, liver, spleen, kidneys and pancreas — but some are not working yet. He may have started to suck his thumb.

Fun Fact

A fetus masters hiccups before he learns to breathe. Mom can’t hear these diaphragm spasms because baby’s windpipe is filled with fluid, not air.

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