15 weeks pregnant: Symptoms and more

You are in the second trimester. If you had been experiencing morning sickness in the early stages of pregnancy, you may start to feel better  You also may be feeling more energetic.

Your baby at 15 weeks

Your baby’s facial features are still moving into position, and the little ears are sitting low on each side of the head. Its hair pattern is also forming, along with some early hair growth. Of course, every baby develops differently! Some are born with a full head of hair, others are bald for their first few months of life. All babies will develop a layer of soft, downy hair called lanugo, which may be growing this week and will soon start to cover your baby’s body. Your baby is now about the size of a grapefruit, weighs 2.5 ounces and measures 4 inches.

Your body at 15 weeks

At 15 weeks pregnant, you’re probably feeling high energy, and that may mean high libido too. Your partner isn’t feeling nearly as frisky at week 15 pregnancy? That’s normal too.

Your symptoms at 15 weeks

  • Increased sex drive. Now that your energy is back, you may be feeling more energetic in the bedroom as well. Of course, with all the other 15 weeks pregnant symptoms you may be feeling, if you’re not up to sex, it’s completely understandable.
  • Nosebleeds. This not-so-lovely symptom is thanks to a combination of increased blood volume and sensitive nasal passages.
  • Heartburn, gas and/or indigestion. Blame these tummy troubles on the hormones. Pay attention to foods that are triggering your symptoms and try to avoid them. Also, talk to your doctor about what stomach remedies are safe. Stock up on some antacids, which are doubly awesome because they have lots of much-needed calcium!
  • Swollen gums. Your gums are more sensitive now that you’re pregnant. Take extra good care of them. Brush your teeth often, floss gently and see your dentist for regular checkups.
  • Shortness of breath. Notice that you’re easily winded? Let’s face it; it’s getting more crowded in your torso. That means it might be trickier for your lungs to expand enough to get a full breath.

Call the doctor if you experience any of these symptoms:

  • unusual or severe cramping or abdominal pain
  • difficulty breathing or shortness of breath that is getting worse
  • signs of premature labor
  • vaginal spotting or bleeding

Tips for this week

  • Start researching nursery essentials and preparing your baby shower registry.
  • Ask your healthcare provider what your options are for places to give birth. Your choices may depend on what’s available in your area and what your health insurance covers, if you have it.
  • If you work, investigate maternity leave options at your workplace, including how much time is available to you and how much of it might be paid. You still have several months to go, but it’s helpful to plan ahead.