15 Weeks Pregnant

Week 15 photo
length ~ 4 in  |  10 cm     weight ~ 2.5 oz  |  70 g   /   I'm your tiny dancer

Fetal development in week 15

Your adorable four-inch break-dancer is busy cutting a rug inside their dance studio, even if you still can't feel it.

The majority of women don't feel those first magical movements (and not just the not-so-magical gas from the chili at dinner last night) until the 18th week or later.

Interesting fetal developments: your wee monkey's elbows and knees are bending more freely this week and their little legs are finally less stubby than their arms.

Many of your baby's major organ systems are increasing in capacity - especially their amazing tiny heart and circulatory system, which is now pumping about 25 quarts of blood per day, and will increase to a very impressive 200 quarts per day by the end of the pregnancy.

You wee womb-tenant is now capable of making all sorts of interesting facial expressions, which include squinting, frowning, and grimacing (at the taste of their pee?).

As far as hair goes, we've got some new scalp patterns beginning to develop on the head, although actual head hair is not yet present, just their furry monkey lanugo.

And how's mom doing?

Have your cheeks been rosier lately?The famed "pregnancy glow" is a magical gift from the creepy pregnancy fairy who waves her "rosy tinge wand" over you while you sleep

Are you looking somehow more radiant when you look in the mirror?

Well, that's because the famed "pregnancy glow" is a magical gift from the creepy pregnancy fairy who waves her "rosy tinge wand" over you while you sleep.

Okay, seriously though - your body is experiencing a significant increase in blood flow - including the tiny vessels on your facial skin, which gives you that lovely flushed appearance.

A not-so-glorious by-product of this increased blood flow - which causes your blood vessels to adapt and expand, is the accompanying nosebleeds for some women.

You're more likely to experience the joy of a nosebleed if you've got allergies or a stuffy nose.... aaaand, of course you're more likely to have a stuffy nose, because you have higher estrogen levels, which increases your mucous membrane output.

Gee thanks, pregnancy fairy!

Although these nosebleeds are totally harmless and normal, they are a bit gory if you've got a day job.

To help prevent future nosebleeds, you might want to invest in a humidifier and do your best to avoid irritants, such as aerosols, smoke, and dust.

P.S. Are you remembering to take your daily prenatal, get an hour of activity/walking in, drink lots of water, eat lots of veggies, and stay FAAAAAR away from nasty junk food?

P.P.S. If you answered "Uh, no, sorry..." in a dismal tone, don't beat yourself up too much.

Let's make this week the week of positive healthy change. Remember: you are responsible for a little human life, suck it up and do right by your child.

Did You Know?

Dry skin and acne are both commonly experienced during pregnancy as a result of the changing hormones. There is no miracle cure and really, the only thing you can do is moisturize & exfoliate daily. The health of your baby wins out over vanity this time: this is NOT the time to use products like Retin-A, salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide to fight acne.

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Just enough energy to FREAK OUT

“They” say that your energy should start coming back during the second trimester. For me, having “energy” meant having the ability to get off the couch and make it to the kitchen to get the cookies instead of asking someone else to do it for me.

After a first trimester where rearranging the pillow behind my head seemed like too much effort, I would take any type of energy I could. That’s why, at 15 weeks, I joined a gym.

Getting anything done at the gym often took more effort than the activity I planned on doing. First I’d have to pee about five times, just to make sure I had it all out. Then, I’d weigh myself. I’d have a sip of water. Oh wait, I’d have to pee again.

Eventually, I’d make it to the workout area or the pool, depending on what activity I had planned for that day. Once there, I’d have my hormonal freakout because either the TVs were tuned to the “wrong” station or annoying children were playing in my swim lane.

At one point, I actually had to give myself a “time out” so I wouldn’t cause permanent damage to the young boys playing Marco Polo.

Sure, exercise can produce “endorphins” that might help with all the pregnancy “hormones,” but dealing with all the wahoos at the gym sure cancelled them out.