How Your Baby Grows Inside You: Week 15
You are now, slowly but steadily getting used to your pregnancy. It’s time you start enjoying this phase and allow the happy hormones to flow through you.
This week, your baby is about 10 cms in length and weighs approximately 50 grams. S/he has almost translucent skin and the outline of her/his blood vessels can be seen.
Your baby’s eyes are still wide apart and appear as if they are placed high up on the sides of the forehead. Your little one is also very mobile and flexible at this stage. S/he can bend her/his elbows, wrists and knees. So watch out, s/he’s practicing those karate moves already!
The baby is now able to sense light even though her eyelids are shut. If you shine a bright light on the abdomen, your baby is likely to move away from the light.
The baby’s auditory canal is also developing, though s/he does not respond to sound just yet. However, since your baby can hear you, it’s great to start talking to your baby.
Signs and Symptoms
No significant symptoms surface this week. This is a good time to schedule a dental check up as your gums are likely to be puffy, swollen and may bleed due to the hormones.
Your teeth will also be more prone to the buildup of plaque and tartar. A dental check up and clean up is harmless during pregnancy. However, if you need additional dental treatments, check with your doctor.
A cute baby bump is making its appearance fast! If you wear snug clothes now, your baby bump is easily noticeable. It’s important that you only wear clothes that you’re comfortable in.
Talking to the bump may seem a little odd at first but you’ll get used to it eventually. After all, his exercise will help you feel connected with your baby. You can read to the baby, describe what you are doing or even sing to her/him.
Its also important that the baby’s father talks to the baby. It may be tough to convince your partner to talk to your tummy, but tell him that’s the way your baby will be able to recognize his voice. Just how important is that, now is it not?
Other sounds that your baby is hearing inside are those of your heartbeats, the swirling of the amniotic fluid and your digestive tract processing food.
You will mostly have received the results of your double, triple or quadruple marker tests by now. These tests measure various hormone levels in your body.
If the results appear out of ordinary or if you’re above 35 years in age or have a genetic history of chromosomal abnormalities, your doctor may suggest a more invasive test called amniocentesis or Chorionic villus sampling (CVS).
These tests carry a 5% risk of miscarriage so understand the pros and cons before you undergo them.
Old Wives’ Tales
People will tell you that staring at cute, fair baby pictures will give you a baby just like the ones in them.
How your baby looks entirely depends on genetics. So stare all you want at baby pictures, if it makes you happy. However, be rest assured that your baby will be adorable, no matter what.
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