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Welcome to Week 15

As you enter this week, you have already completed the first week of your second trimester. You are also only a week-and-a-half away from completing the fourth month of your pregnancy.

Update on Your Body

You may have gained around 2.5 kilos by now, but it is fine to have gained a little more or a little less. However, if your weight gain is considerably more or less than this, your doctor may review your diet and advise accordingly. The top of your uterus is now four to five inches below your belly button. Your heart has increased its output by 20% to accommodate the increased blood in your body and your baby’s oxygen requirements.

Update on Your Baby

Your baby’s bones are now ossifying, or becoming harder, and the legs are now longer than the arms. Your baby’s eyes are still closed, but they have moved inwards from the sides of his or her head, towards the nose. At this point, the skin is transparent and the blood vessels beneath them are visible through the skin. Your baby may have begun to suck his or her thumb by now.

Your Baby’s Size

4 inches, or the size of an apple.

Tips for an Expectant Mom

Dos

It’s normal to experience insomnia or difficulty falling asleep after week 15. Light reading, a warm bath, a head massage, soothing music or a glass of warm milk before bedtime may help you sleep better.If you experience discomfort or a backache on lying down, consider investing in a pregnancy pillow that supports your entire body. Using multiple pillows is equally effective and cheaper too. Position a few pillows between your thighs, under your stomach and behind your back.Try sleeping on your sides, especially your left side, to improve blood circulation and relieve backaches.

Don’ts

Avoid watching television or using a laptop or iPad for at least an hour before bedtime to help you sleep better.If you still experience heartburn, limit spicy, salty and processed foods, and avoid skipping meals.

Tips for an Expectant Dad

Dos

Your partner may require help falling asleep at night. Help her relax by adjusting her pillows or giving her a foot massage or back rub just before bedtime.If you wake up at night or before her in the morning, be sensitive and avoid waking her.

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