15 Weeks Pregnant-Milestones, Symptoms, and Baby Development Explained
Congratulations, you are now 15 weeks pregnant! You've completed almost 4 months of your pregnancy, and you're now in the second trimester. At this stage, you may feel more confident about your pregnancy and excited about what's to come. So, let's explore more about your 15 weeks pregnant journey.
How Many Months Is 15 Weeks Pregnant?
It's common for pregnant women to calculate their pregnancy in weeks rather than months. At 15 weeks, you are 3 months and 3 weeks pregnant. You still have 5 months and 1 week left to go until your due date.
15 Weeks Pregnant: Your Symptoms
During week 15, you may experience a reduction in some of the unpleasant symptoms you may have been dealing with during the first trimester. However, there are still some symptoms you might experience, including:
Growing belly: Your uterus continues to grow, and you may notice that your belly is beginning to protrude more.
Heartburn: As your uterus expands, it puts pressure on your stomach, leading to heartburn and acid reflux.
Constipation: Your digestive system slows down during pregnancy, leading to constipation.
Nasal congestion: An increase in hormones can cause swelling in your nasal passages, leading to congestion.
15 Weeks Pregnant: Your Baby's Development
Your baby is the size of an apple: At 15 weeks, your baby is about 4 inches long and weighs around 2.5 ounces.
Your baby's bones are hardening: Your baby's bones are becoming denser and harder as they prepare for life outside the womb.
Your baby can hear: Your baby's ears are now in their final position, and they can hear sounds from outside the womb, including your voice and heartbeat.
Your baby can make facial expressions: Your baby's facial muscles are developing, and they can now make facial expressions like squinting, frowning, and even smiling.
How does the belly change at 15 weeks pregnant?
At 15 weeks pregnant, your uterus is about the size of a grapefruit. You may notice that your belly is beginning to protrude more than it was before, and you may need to start wearing looser, more comfortable clothing.
What can you expect your body to look like at 15 weeks pregnant?
Breast changes: are common during pregnancy, and you may notice that your breasts are becoming larger, fuller, and more tender due to hormonal changes in your body.
Skin changes: You may notice changes to your skin, including acne, dark spots, and a linea nigra, a dark line that runs down the center of your belly.
Hair changes: Your hair may become thicker and shinier due to an increase in hormones.
Weight gain: At this point in your pregnancy, you may have gained between 5-10 pounds, depending on your pre-pregnancy weight.
15 Weeks Pregnant: Things to Consider
As you approach the halfway point of your pregnancy, there are some things to consider, including:
Prenatal care: Continue to attend your prenatal appointments and follow your healthcare provider's recommendations.
Exercise: Regular exercise can help you stay healthy and prepare for childbirth.
Baby registry: Start thinking about what you'll need for your baby and consider creating a baby registry.
Maternity leave: Start thinking about your maternity leave plans and talk to your employer about your options.