As you enter your 15th week of pregnancy, your baby has grown to the size of an apple and is now fully developed and ready for the growth that comes with the third trimester.
At 15 weeks pregnant, your baby has developed a licking reflex, which means that if something touches his or her lips, he or she can move their tongue to the object. Your baby’s head has also undergone a rapid growth spurt, and your baby’s facial features can now be distinguished.
At 15 weeks pregnant, your baby is now considered to be “viable,” if in case there were to be premature delivery. The lungs and digestive system are still developing, but they are growing at a rapid rate. By now, a lot of the pre-natal tests have been done, and your doctor and midwife should be able to give you more in-depth information about the health of your baby.
You might start feeling your baby’s movements more this week, and your uterus should have grown enough to be visible from the outside. You can also expect to start seeing the linea nigra, a dark line that runs down your stomach to your pubic bone.
You should continue to eat a healthy and balanced diet this week. Aim to get plenty of lean proteins, healthy fats, fruits and vegetables, and vitamins to keep both you and your baby healthy and energized.
Make sure to avoid certain foods, such as unpasteurized products, undercooked meat and fish, as well as alcohol and caffeine. Discuss with your doctor about medications and supplements that are safe during pregnancy.
Preparing for the Third Trimester
This is a great time to think about your third trimester and get ready for the upcoming changes. You may want to plan for childcare, look into hospital tours, take prenatal classes and start making a list of things you will need for labor and delivery.
This week is also a great time to begin bonding with your baby. Talk to and sing to your baby, and have your partner do the same. It is a great way to get to know each other and to form a connection that will last a lifetime!
Overall, 15 weeks pregnant is an exciting time. Your baby is continuing to grow and develop, and you should start to feel your baby’s movements. Enjoy the remaining weeks of your pregnancy, and take the opportunity to prepare for the upcoming changes!