Your Pregnancy at Week 15by Your Baby Club
You'll be amazed at how much baby has grown
your baby this week:
You will be amazed at just how much your baby has grown in just a few short weeks. It's now 10cm in length and about the size of a navel orange. Baby's ears and eyes are in the right place, and finally has the coordination to wiggle their fingers and toes, as well as suck its thumb. They can now suck, swallow, and make breathing movements ready to enter the world in five short months.
Baby is practising swallowing and continues to move around in its comfortable mansion - little do they know that before long, this mansion will feel like a tiny one-bedroom flat.
You should now be able to feel your growing uterus sneaking up and out of the pelvis, giving you a noticeable bump. It may now be time to change your sleeping position - sleeping on your front may not be particularly comfortable anymore. The recommended sleeping position for pregnancy, is on your left side as this allows for optimal blood flow for both you and baby. After 28 weeks of pregnancy, it is recommended that you avoid sleeping on your back or laying on your back for extended periods of time.
Don't worry if you cannot see or feel your bump yet as baby appears over the pubic bone at different points in pregnancy - it will come! If you can already see your tummy growing, now may be a good time to start taking some bump pictures for the album!
You may be feeling like you are full of energy and may notice an increase in your sex drive - on the other hand, you may feel the complete opposite! As always, everyone is different. In the UK, dental care is free, as are prescriptions throughout pregnancy and for the first year following your baby's arrival. So now is a good time to register with a dentist, if you aren't already, and book yourself a checkup. Your teeth can take a little bit of a hammering in pregnancy, so it's important to look after your pearly whites - brush and floss regularly! It's also worth noting that bleeding gums and nose bleeds can also occur during pregnancy, which is attributed to the increase in blood volume.
Louise Broadbridge - Our Expert Midwife
Hi, my name is Louise, I am a Registered Midwife, founder of Let's Talk Birth and Baby and the face behind Instagram's The Honest Midwife. I have worked in health settings for the past 30 years, the majority of which have been working in children and family settings.
your tips & to do's:
Newborns can seem incredibly small and fragile. This causes many new parents to worry - obsessively worry - about everything, like their baby's fragile, paper-thin fingernails, which often tear too easily, and those teensy, tiny toes, which make peas look more like marbles. But babies are very resilient, especially when you consider their journey through the birth canal, which will even turn the shape of a few babies’ heads into a temporary cone! While you certainly don't have to worry about breaking your baby during a diaper change, there are some things you can do to keep your little one safe. And it never hurts to be prepared.
Check into infant CPR training. Parents who learn the basics of CPR may feel more prepared for any potential emergency. With the number of hospitals offering regular classes nowadays, you're left with little room for excuses! Plus, it you may find it easier to participate in a class like this now, before you have a large belly or a new baby in tow. Once your baby arrives, you'll be happy for the days you're able to find enough time to take a shower and wash a few dishes. Meaning, the time you'll need to take a reoccurring class may be even harder to come across.
Keep safety in mind as you put your nursery together. This means the bassinet your great-great-grandfather slept in, albeit a family heirloom, should not be reused if there's a fraction of possibility your little one could get trapped between its railings. Everything you purchase, everything previously used and/or handed down to you, should meet the present-day safety recommendations set by the American Academy of Pediatrics. Due to health concerns and safety issues, there are a few major items you should avoid borrowing or buying if they've been previously used, gently used, or are "like new." For example, experts recommend you always purchase new mattresses, car seats, cribs, and breast pumps.
When considering crib bumpers and sleep positioners, do your research. These two products have gained bad reputations and amassed serious safety concerns over the years. Before deciding whether to use them, and make sure whatever you choose properly meets today’s child safety and injury prevention guidelines.
Are you planning to paint walls in a nursery? Make sure you choose a brand of paint approved for pregnant women because, similar to why you shouldn't be gassing up your car or changing the kitty's litter, certain paints have chemical fumes that can be harmful to your unborn babe, It is impossible to eliminate all possible safety hazards in a home, but research and preparation can help you to focus on the things you can do to keep baby safe. Of course, you still won't be safe from diaper blowouts.
From an increased libido to a stuffy nose and constipation, here is a list of the symptoms you may encounter this week.
- Increased energy
- Increased libido
- Increased appetite
- Round ligament pain
- Nasal congestion and/or nose bleeds
- Constipation, gas, and/or bloating
- Heartburn and/or indigestion
- Headaches, faintness, and/or dizziness
- Larger breasts
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