Create: 01/16/2016 - 05:20
What happens in the 15th week of pregnancy? At week 15, your baby-to-be stretches her limbs and bends at her elbows. She’s getting big enough that you can feel many of these movements.
Your baby in the 15th week of pregnancy:
- At this week your baby is the size of an apple
- During the 15th week, the baby can sense the light and reacts by moving away from the light source when the tummy is shined by a flashlight
- Your baby's height is 4.5 inches and weighs 2.6 ounces
- The placenta is controlling the fluid balance in your baby's tiny body and shuttling waste products out into your system
- Your baby's urinary system is now developed to produce tiny amounts of pee
- The pancreas also begins to secrete insulin
- Facial muscles are flexing and hence baby can exhibit grimace or wince
- The baby skin is very thin and translucent that, you can actually see the blood vessels through it
- Though the external ears are not in their right places, your baby has already developed his/her sense of hearing
- The ears are in the process of moving towards the nose from the sides at 15th week
- Eyebrows are starting to develop
- The eyelids remain shut but the baby can already sense light
- If someone shines a flashlight at a pregnant mother's tummy, the baby moves away from the beam.
- The bones are ossified and apparent
Your body in the 15th week of pregnancy:
Your womb is now starting to grow up and out of your pelvis, so you may have a neat and noticeable bump below your belly button. Now that you're becoming visibly pregnant, you may also find yourself a topic of discussion.
You might be noticing some more changes in your body around this stage of your pregnancy – one of them might be the appearance of a dark line running down your bump. Its medical term is 'linea nigra' and it is something some women develop during pregnancy. It's absolutely nothing to worry about and will fade after your baby is born.
In your 15th week of pregnancy, your uterus is halfway between your pubic bone and belly button. You may feel Braxton Hicks contractions. These painless and random contractions can be thought of as your body warming up for the big event of birth. If you have more than five per hour, if they come at a steady pace, or if they’re accompanied by intense cramps or backaches, call the doctor.