Hiccuping, Squinting And Frowning
The 15th week of pregnancy is an exciting phase of growth where your baby begins to kick about and show a lot of facial movements. The baby at 15 weeks can now grimace, frown and pout his or her lips. He or she may even start hiccuping and swallowing.
Baby’s Developments at Week 15
At 15 weeks pregnant, the baby now weighs approximately 110 grams and measures about 4.7 inches from head to bottom (derrière). The fetus at 15 weeks is still so tiny that he/she can fit into your palm – but are nevertheless very active. When the baby is not sleeping, he/she is busily splashing about in the amniotic fluid – sometimes sucking, hiccupping, kicking or curling those teeny-weeny toes ! Of course, you won’t be feeling any of it now, since the baby’s system is filled with fluid.
As your baby makes fast progress, here are some of the major developments in this week:
- Baby’s backbone muscles are now strong enough to allow the baby to hold his neck and head erect.
- The legs have now outgrown l than the arms
- The ears are nearly in position and the three tiny bones in the inner are taking form. Which means, soon your baby will be able to hear you!
- The eyes too are slowly migrating into position
- The development of facial muscles allows for a variety of expressions, such as squinting and frowning.
- The skin is thin and translucent, so the blood vessels are prominently visible.
Week 15 – Pregnancy symptoms
At 15 weeks, pregnancy symptoms are not very outwardly visible but you will begin to feel more and more pregnant. This is also the time when you will gain a couple of kilos. By this time, most of those bothersome pregnancy symptoms would have disappeared, so you’re bound to feel less tired and more energetic.
- You’ll have an improved appetite so you’ll finally be able to enjoy some good food without throwing up.
- Hormonal changes can trigger sensitivity in your teeth and gums making them prone to bleeding. The same hormones can even cause nosebleeds
- This is also the stage when pregnancy symptoms like indigestion, bloating, heartburn and headache begin to surface
- You may find yourself tossing and turning in bed to find a comfortable sleeping position. With your growing tummy getting in the way, you may find it hard to sleep on your back or stomach.
- It’s normal to feel as if you’re on an emotional roller coaster. Remember that it’s due to those strong hormones.
- You may also be feeling scatterbrained. Not to worry. Even the most organized women report that pregnancy somehow makes them forgetful, clumsy and unable to concentrate.
Things to keep in mind
- At fifteen weeks pregnant, it’s important to keep yourself well hydrated at all times to prevent urinary tract infections. Drink at least 8 glasses of water
- Baby’s bone developments are in progress, so remember to include a calcium rich diet.
- Vitamin C is essential too as it helps in the absorption of iron from food and supports the formation of connective tissue in your baby.
Tip for Pregnancy Week 15
- Sleeping on the left side is best for your baby. It helps in the flow of blood and nutrients to the placenta - keeping the baby well nourished.
- Include foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids in your diet. It helps in the development of baby's brain and retina.