As the anticipation and excitement continue to mount for the expecting parents, the baby too is growing rapidly. By now, everyone in your life knows , and you too have fully settled in the swing of things. While developments continue, let’s look at what’s going on in week 15 of pregnancy.
Your belly is now big enough to make you adjust your sleeping, sitting and even driving position! The Linea Nigra i.e. the dark line running down your baby bump will become more prominent than before.
You’ll notice the skin around your nipples, navel, armpits and inner thighs to be darkening. Some mothers also experience darkening around the eyes, nose and cheeks. This is likely to disappear after the baby is born.
The second trimester is all about heightened energy levels, as a result, you may also notice a boost in your sex drive. Hormonal changes and increased blood flow are mostly responsible for this higher libido. Increased blood flow, paired with a greater sensitivity in the nasal passages can also cause sudden nosebleeds.
Another prominent symptom noticed in week 15 is swollen and sensitive gums that lead to bleeding.
You may also experience shortness of breath, owing to the growing baby that’s making it tricky for your lungs to fully expand.
The baby is about 4 inches in length and weighs a whole kilogram! By now the ears are positioned properly along the sides of the head. The eyes are moving from the side of the head to the front of the face. The baby’s brain has gained complete control of all the muscles in the body. And yes, it’s still performing little acrobatic stunts such as somersaults, kicking, curling toes and fingers and moving its arms and legs. Although, it’s going to be a while before you can feel any of these movements.
During this time, the baby is also developing its breathing, sucking and swallowing – skills that are absolutely essential for survival once it’s out of your womb. Although the baby’s eyelids are still shut, it can still sense light!
Your first order of business should be to book an appointment with your dentist and check for any infections in the teeth and gums. Since your gums are swollen and prone to bleed easily, use a sensitive toothpaste, a soft-bristled toothbrush and floss gently.
Considering that your sex drive has spiked up during this week, don’t shy away from sex. In fact, make the most of it! Unless your doctor advises against it, sex during this week of pregnancy is completely safe for you as well as the baby.
If you’re commuting in a car, make sure the seatbelt is adjusted such that the horizontal strap is under your bump and not across it. In case you’re driving, make sure your steering wheel is adjusted such it’s as far away from your seat as comfortable.
Focus on gaining weight steadily through a healthy diet. Similarly, get plenty of exercise while you can – sign up for prenatal yoga classes, work on strengthening your abdominal muscles under the guidance of a trainer experienced in prenatal fitness.
Get up to 8 hours of sleep every day. In case you’re experiencing pain in your lower back, sleep on your side with a pillow tucked between
your knees. Indulge in a body massage to get rid of the tension and soreness in your muscles.As for the darkening of your skin, there’s nothing you can do about it right now. For most part, avoid staying out in the sun for too long.
Continue with the care and attention that you have been giving the to-be mom since the past weeks.
It’s completely normal for dads-to-be to feel stressed and anxious too, especially as the baby continues to grow. Feel free to voice your concerns and have an open conversation with your partner. You are in this together and supporting each other through whatever anxieties you may feel is the best way forward. You can also talk to your family doctor or a therapist, if your stress is too intense.
All in all, remember to cherish each and every moment of this journey together. Stay healthy, stay happy. If you have any questions, ask us in the comments!