Pregnancy Week 15
In pregnancy week 15, your baby is about 4 inches to 4.5 inches long and will weigh about one and half ounces. The growth rate of your baby is pretty fast in this week. The skin of your baby is still paper-thin. You will actually be able to see the various blood vessels inside your baby's body in ultrasound. These vessels will appear like a map. In this week your baby's body will start getting covered with fine hair, which is called as lanugo in medical terms. The lanugo will be absent on the palms; soles of the feet, penis, lips, nails, toes and inner fingers but it will present everywhere else on the body of your baby. This kind of hair will remain on the body of the baby till you reach in 8th month of the pregnancy. In premature babies, this hair can be easily seen on their body.
In the pregnancy week 15, the bones of your baby will be strong and will gain strength over the coming weeks. The baby will spend time learning the correct way to breath and inhaling and exhaling the amniotic fluid. This will help the lungs to function properly. In this week, if you will check your weight and compare it with your weight in pregnancy week 1, then you will notice that you have gained weight between five to ten pounds. The uterus will start to rise past your hipbones. From now onwards the doctor will start measuring the uterus and will call it as fundal height. These measurements will help the doctor in giving you due date of your pregnancy.
In pregnancy week 15, you will feel pregnant and happy. If you are experiencing excessive salivation, then there is no need to worry, as it is pretty common during pregnancy. If you have stuffy nose, then it is a common condition during the 15th week of pregnancy. The increased levels of hormones are responsible for causing stuffy nose. The common illnesses like cold, cough can easily target you, as your immune system is partly busy in raising the baby. Hence you will need to take care to wash your hands every time before you come home from outside.
Urinary tract infections are also common during the second trimester. This is one of the common side effects of pregnancy. The growth of bacteria can very easily happen the uterus due to the increased size of the uterus and hence urinary tract infection is common problem in pregnancy. Your doctor will give you certain tablets that you will be asked to keep in your vagina overnight so as to kill the bacteria. This will automatically reduce your chances of getting urinary tract infection. Your doctor will also ask for your urine sample to check the presence or absence of bacteria in your urine. If the bacterial infection is not treated on time, it can affect your kidney and thus make the matter more badly in future.
By taking proper care you can prevent UTIs from occurring. For this ensure that you drink about eight to ten glasses of water daily. This way your urinary bladder will remain clean and the growth of the bacteria will be restricted.