After 15 weeks of pregnancy, your baby looks like a real mini person. He now has a down layer all over his body. Do you already have a visible pregnancy belly? Your belly, and therefore your weight, will continue to grow in the coming weeks.
Your baby in week 15 of your pregnancy
Every day your baby looks more like a real person. The ears were in the neck, but have now moved to the sides of his head. The eyes have just disappeared and are now at the front of the face. Bones are also formed in the arms and legs. The skin of your baby is very thin, almost transparent in the 15th week of your pregnancy, so that the veins are still clearly visible.
Als je 15 weken zwanger bent, ontwikkelt zich over het lichaam van je baby een laagje met zachte haartjes, ook wel lanugo genoemd. Dit laagje houdt je kleine lekker warm. Daarnaast worden de stembanden van je baby gevormd. Deze kan hij na de geboorte meteen gebruiken. Wat zal je blij zijn als je hem voor het eerst hoort huilen!
You in week 15 of your pregnancy
Although you suffer less from pregnancy ailments , they are not completely gone yet. You can even get new ones. This way you can get tire pain in the second trimester . Your uterus is supported by thick bands. Due to the increased weight of your womb, these tires are stretched. This can feel like a sharp pain on one or both sides of your abdomen. The pain is often noticeable when you suddenly change position. By tensing your abdominal muscles , you can relieve the pain. A special support pants against tire pain can also help.
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Tip for 15 weeks pregnant
Have you been fantasizing for weeks about having a boy or girl and do you want to know now? Good news: from next week, after about 16 weeks of pregnancy, it is possible to see the sex with an ultrasound . If you want to know this immediately, you can do a pre-echo . If you have a little patience, you will probably hear it at the 20-week ultrasound .
Tips for You This Week
Ask about preeclampsia
Preeclampsia generally develops late in pregnancy, after week 20, and is characterized by a sudden onset of high blood pressure, severe swelling of the hands and face, and signs that some organs may not be working normally, including protein in the urine.
If you’re considered high-risk for preeclampsia, ask your doc about low-dose aspirin. Taking a small daily dose after the first trimester can reduce preeclampsia by 24 percent, note studies.Learn baby’s fundal height
The simplest way to gauge a baby’s size is to track the size of a woman’s uterus. To monitor baby’s growth and position, your doc or midwife will likely start to measure the distance between the top of your pubic bone and the top of your uterus. Called the fundal height, this measurement is used as a reflection of your baby’s size.Ask about amniocentesis
Cells your baby has sloughed off and chemicals in the amniotic fluid surrounding him provide a wide range of information, such as genetic makeup. Being able to extract and examine amniotic fluid from your uterus through amniocentesis is an important tool to assess the health of your baby and diagnose birth defects and a wide range of chromosomal abnormalities.
Amniocentesis may be offered between 16 to 20 weeks to those at high risk for genetic or chromosomal issues. After the procedure, amniotic fluid is sent to a lab tested for conditions like Down syndrome.Eat on the job
Is eating at work always a scheduling conflict? Adjust your schedule to squeeze in a lunch break — even if it’s just a sandwich and a fruit cup at your desk.
Take meetings over lunch, instead of over coffee. Suggest ordering fruit, cheese and whole grain crackers instead of Danish and bagels for the strategy session in the conference room.
And keep plenty of nutritious snacks on hand, which will save you a trip to the vending machine. Stash bags of dried fruit and nuts, dry cereal and crackers in your desk, and store a supply of individually wrapped cheese sticks, hard-boiled eggs and individual yogurt and cottage cheese containers in the office fridge.Make breakfast a priority
Do you skip breakfast because you’re not a breakfast person? Well, your baby doesn’t mind if you opt out of the oatmeal and go for a toasted cheese sandwich instead — or even a slice of cold meat loaf from last night’s dinner.
Do you skip your morning meal because you’re not a morning person? Set your alarm for 15 minutes earlier, so you’ll have a chance to wake up before you set those eggs in front of you. Turning in a little earlier at night will definitely help with your morning mood.
Or, do you skip breakfast because you’re always in a rush? Prepare something the night before that you can eat on the run — for example, a breakfast burrito that’s ready to roll after a quick stop in the microwave or a bag of dry cereal and trail mix washed down by calcium-fortified juice.
Or whip up a quick breakfast smoothie — put all the ingredients in the blender jar, stick it in the fridge then give it a whirl in the a.m.Snack before the gym
One of exercise’s top selling points to gym rats is that it burns calories. Card-carrying baby-builders like you, though, get the guilt-free pleasure of replacing those calories. So 30 minutes before you hit the gym, hit the fridge for a light snack and a drink.
Follow up your workout with an encore snack. Bananas and orange juice are great options because they contain plenty of potassium, an essential nutrient that’s lost when you perspire, plus they supply quick energy. Add a little protein for staying power, like a hard-boiled egg or a cheese stick.