15 Weeks Pregnant
Here's what's happening during Week 15 of your pregnancy.
Your Growing Baby:
The nose, lips and taste buds are formed. The head is covered by a fine, soft hair called lanugo. Length: about 5 inches; weight: about 2 ounces. Fetus fact: Starting now, female fetuses show mouth movements much more often than males.
Your Growing Belly:
Your womb is now starting to grow up and out of your pelvis, so you may have a neat and noticeable bump below your belly button. Now that you're becoming visibly pregnant, you may also find yourself a topic of discussion.
Your milk glands may already be kicking into production. You may sometimes notice what looks like water sitting on the tips of your nipples, or nipple-level wet spots on your sheets when you wake up in the morning. If you need to, put breast pads (or trimmed pantiliners) inside your bra.
Your body is practicing making colostrum, a protein-rich fluid that is great for newborns. You may begin to feel Braxton-Hicks contractions, which get your uterus in shape to give birth. These "practice" contractions feel like a tightening in your uterus or abdominal area. You may get them more frequently after exercise. If you have regular contractions (more than four an hour), uncomfortable pelvic pressure, or discharge lots of fluid or mucus, contact your care provider.
Tips & To-Do's:
Pregnant Belly Basics
Most bellies don't reveal a pregnancy until the second trimester. Until then, the uterus is usually hidden behind the pubic bone. "When women look like they are showing earlier, it is often due to the bloating that accompanies early pregnancy," Thoppil says. You may also show earlier if you have been pregnant before or your ab muscles are lax. Interesting facts to know as your baby bump grows.
Things to think about this week
When you're pregnant, the payoffs for developing strong abdominal and pelvic-floor muscles are plentiful. Strengthen your abs and pelvic floor now for an easier delivery and a lower risk of incontinence later.
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