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Pregnancy Calendar, Week 15

 
 
 
 
 
How big is your baby?
This week your baby measures 10.1cm (3.98 inches) from crown to rump and weighs in at around 70g (2.47 ounces). It is about the size of a softball. Your babys growth over the next few months is going to faster than it has, or will.
 
 
Your baby's development
If this is your first pregnancy, then it may be to early too feel any movement, although you should start to feel movement with in the next few weeks. If this is not your first pregnancy, then you may start to feel your baby move around this time, as it is not uncommon for women who have had previous pregnancies to feel their baby move earlier.
 
Your baby's skin is still thin and is now covered by a fine hair called lanugo hair. Another interesting hair development is that your baby's hair pattern will be determined over the first half of this week. Once your baby is born his/her hair will grow at an average of 1/2 inch (13 mm) a month.
 
Your baby's eyes will continue to move to their normal position this week. The ears, which are already at the side of the head, are still developing externally and will now almost look like normal ears. By this time your baby may be sucking his/her thumb and is also swallowing amniotic fluid. The fluid which is swallowed is digested by the developing digestive tract and passed through the system.
 
Your baby's bones are getting harder and harder everyday and are now retaining calcium. In fact if an x-ray were taken at this time, your baby's skeleton would be visible in the x-ray.
 
You may be finding it difficult to find a comfortable sleeping position now as well and this will only get worse as your stomach grows. Often the most comfortable position to sleep in is on your left side, with a pillow resting between your legs. You should try and get used to sleeping in this position now before you get any bigger. Sleeping with a pillow between your legs will also help with another common symptom of pregnancy known as round ligament pain.
 
 
 

 
 
Tips for a good night's sleep
  • Go to bed and wake up the same time everyday
  • Don't drink too much fluid at night
  • Exercise regularly
  • Sleep in a cool bedroom, about 70 deg F (21 deg C)
Your body
Has it sunk in yet that you're pregnant? Many women say that it isn't until they trade in their jeans for maternity clothes and others start noticing their swelling abdomens that the reality of pregnancy sets in. For many, this realization is both joyful and scary.
 
It's normal to feel as if you're on an emotional roller coaster (you have your hormones to thank). Another thing you may be feeling? Scatterbrained. Even the most organized women report that pregnancy somehow makes them forgetful, clumsy, and unable to concentrate.
 
Try to keep the stress in your life to a minimum and take your "mental lapses" in stride - they're only temporary. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 



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