During week 15 of pregnancy, your baby is around 4 to 5 inches from crown to rump and weighs around 1½ ounces. Your baby’s bones are hardening and retain calcium rapidly. Your baby is developing fine hair all over it’s body. His or her hands are perfectly formed and are about the size of the tip of your pinky finger! Your baby is busy practicing breathing, sucking his or her thumb and acrobatics! He or she is able to move all around, kick, lunge and grab out with his or her hands. You might not feel this movement yet because your baby is still very small.
By now, most expectant mothers would be wearing maternity clothes. Your growing belly can come along with some frustrating symptoms. You may experience heartburn starting in week 15 of pregnancy, which may worsen at night. One good tip is to lie with your head slightly elevated. This can reduce the uncomfortable feelings of heartburn.
As your body grows, it can be difficult to get comfortable. You’re not used to sleeping around this growing belly and for some women, this can be very frustrating. You shouldn’t be sleeping on your stomach in week 15 of pregnancy. If you haven’t purchased a pregnancy pillow yet, now is a great time to do it. This will make it easier for you to find a comfortable position to sleep in. Try sleeping on your side, with your top leg over the pregnancy pillow. Placing some extra pillows behind your back will help too.
You might notice that your belly is extremely itchy! This is because it is stretching to accommodate your baby’s growing body. Remember to apply anti stretch mark creams to prevent stretch marks. This is an important time in your pregnancy and you may find that you need to ask for help more now than you did before. You shouldn’t be lifting anything over 20 pounds now, or lifting things over your head. Don’t be afraid or embarrassed to ask for help from your family. Keeping you healthy and happy should be your first priority.