You are 15 weeks pregnant

You are 15 weeks pregnant

For some women this is the honeymoon period of pregnancy when they start to feel fantastic, have great skin, thicker hair and no morning sickness!

Your developing baby

Your baby practises what it is like to be human. She blinks and rubs her eyes, yawns, grasps the umbilical cord (as if playing with it) and carries on wriggling around kicking her legs and arms. The hair on her head is beginning to grow and the hairline she will have when she is born begins to form. Eyelashes and eyebrows grow on her face.

This week the sex organs mature inside the body, but you still cannot tell from ultrasound what sex your baby is. If you are expecting a girl, she has already developed all the eggs inside of her (Baby girls are born with roughly two million eggs) that may become half of her children one day.

Your developing body

As your uterus moves up towards your navel this week you may be able to feel it about four inches below your belly button, meaning you probably can’t get into your pre-pregnancy jeans anymore. Some women experience stretch marks as their bodies grow and the skin stretches to accommodate.

Unfortunately there is not much you can do to stop them occurring. It is worth asking your mother whether she had stretch marks because it seems some women are pre-disposed to them, especially if their mum's experienced them. The good news is that they fade with time and are hardly noticeable (except to the number one critic – you!). Try rubbing olive oil on your skin or stretch mark cream to keep your skin moisturised.

As your baby’s taste buds mature and swallow tiny amounts of amniotic fluid, your baby will be able to taste a bit of what you are eating. Garlic, onion and curry lovers beware! Once your baby starts kicking he’ll let you know what foods he likes and dislikes.

You may be experience some cravings or food aversions this week. Some women never experience them, but others go off food they previously loved, or start chomping on inedible substances like chalk! To ensure that your pregnancy is as healthy as possible, read our feature diet for a healthy pregnancy.

Make sure you continue to eat well this week and include food such as fish, wholegrain bread, fresh vegetables and fruit and healthy snacks like yogurt. Soon your eating habits will change again as your belly gets too big for large meals, so make the most of eating properly for while. See foods to avoid during pregnancy for details of which foods to stay clear of.

If you find yourself suffering from colds and sniffles more frequently it is down to your pregnancy altering your immune system and making you more susceptible to viruses floating around. The best way to protect yourself is to stay fit and healthy with a good diet and gentle exercise.

An Amniocentesis test may be offered to you at this point if you seem to be at risk of carrying a baby with chromosomal abnormalities like Down’s syndrome. The test does carry a slight risk of miscarriage so if you are planning to have it, make sure you do some research.

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