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Your Baby's Development This Week

Baby's appearance continues to refine and is looking more and more like the adorable baby we imagine. For one thing, the legs are now longer than the arms, and the body is longer than the head. The eyes and ears are getting close to their final position at this point in the pregnancy. The eyebrows are becoming visible, and hair is sprouting atop the head. The ears are also developing inside, with the three tiny bones of the inner ear functional, however, the auditory sections of the brain are not yet prepared to process sounds, so baby cannot determine or understand sounds that are audible yet. The bones are hardening still, but have progressed to the point that they are visible now on x-rays. The baby is the size of an orange, being close to 4 inches long and weighing around 2 1/2 ounces.

Pregnancy Symptoms You May Feel During Week 15

As you enter the second trimester, your total weight gain is most likely around the five pound mark. Don't worry if it's less, there are not any hard rules about it, and every pregnancy is different. Your uterus has probably reached 4-5 inches below your navel. When at your doctor visit, you will have your uterus measured. If it measures higher than expected, it could indicate a breech presentation. Measuring smaller could indicate a transverse position.

An annoying symptom you might be dealing with is nasal congestion. Try saline nasal spray or applying petroleum jelly beneath the nostrils. Running a humidifier may be helpful, or you can try nasal strips. If you continue to have trouble with it, talk to your doctor about whether there are over the counter medications that are safe to take while pregnant.

Visit With the Obstetrician

One topic every pregnant woman needs to know about is preterm labor. Talk to your doctor about the risk factors for preterm labor, and the symptoms. Some of the risk factors include being pregnant with multiples, giving birth prematurely in previous pregnancies, abnormalities of the uterus or cervix, infections, unexplained vaginal bleeding after week 20, chronic diseases such as high blood pressure, kidney disease or diabetes. Other risks include no prenatal care, lower income, long working hours with lots of standing, closely timed pregnancies between less than 6-9 months apart, being over or underweight, and pregnant as a result of IVF. Other factors would include alcohol, smoking or illegal drugs.

The symptoms of preterm labor include a watery fluid leaking from your vagina, menstrual like cramps, low dull backache, pelvic pressure, significant change in or increase in vaginal discharge.

When speaking to the doctor, find out what symptoms warrant an immediate call to the office, when you should go directly to hospital, and when you need to wait.

Preparing for Baby

Do you have another baby in the house to prepare for the new baby? A cat or dog is often considered one of the family, but the transitions involved in bringing home a baby can become more difficult with pets in the home. First of all, make certain the pet will not be able to get to baby's room, and never allow pet access the child without your constant presence and supervision. Gates used in baby proofing often work for pets too. Some people opt for a screen door at the nursery entrance to allow viewing without access to the pet. Let the pet get used to the sounds of a baby in the house, the smells, and let them warm up slowly. Be consistent with the rules you'll need in place once baby arrives. Don't allow the pets to jump up on your lap now, if you will correct them later for it. Make sure your pets have been examined by vet and up to date with all shots.

Pregnancy Lifestyle

Now is a good time to start streamlining your beauty routine. First step, choosing a good hairstyle that is both flattering on you, and easy to maintain. Go to the beauty salon and check out the books, looking for styles you think might work and talk to the stylist about suggestions for a simple easy look that lets you avoid feeling frumpy. It won't be good in the long run to have an easy style if you feel unattractive wearing your hair that way. Just keep in mind your hair texture may change through pregnancy somewhat, and again post-baby.

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T J Nov 4, 2014 06:11:37 PM ET

Hi everyone. I'm 15 weeks pregnant with my first child. I had terrible all-day sickness and have had 3 nasty UTIs in a row, but hopefully I've turned the corner now. My appetite comes and goes one min, and the next I'm starving. I'm struggling to eat anything. I guess it's down to jolly hormones and growth of the baby. Good luck to you all whom expecting. x

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MarianaG Aug 19, 2014 09:54:33 PM ET

Congrats to all mommies. I am 15 weeks with my first, and honestly if I didn't tell you it's very hard to tell. My appetite is nowhere to be found. I go in for my check up Tuesday so maybe my midwife can share some light.

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Guest Aug 7, 2013 09:16:43 PM ET

Js got stilbirth dis year on 15 march I can beliv m pregnant again 15 weeks

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Oratile Feb 25, 2013 04:20:23 PM ET

Congrads to all mothers. I am almost 15 weeks with my first child and I don't have an appetiate. Please advice cause I am worried that this is going to affect my baby

liz Sep 22, 2013 07:01:40 PM ET

Don't panic, if it still the same a week or 2 from now then go and speak to your midwife, but its more than likely on the those things that will pass soon. x

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Kaceface Aug 13, 2012 08:10:52 PM ET

I am 15 weeks pregnant with my first child & have been having alot of back pain. Don't know if this is normal, if i'm just sleeping on it wrong or what? Any suggestions would be appreciated!

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rjones50 May 13, 2012 11:47:31 PM ET

I am 15weeks pregnant and wow I have been under so much stress. I just hope everythings ok with my baby and my comfort level has been not ok.

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Wife Mar 21, 2012 06:07:26 PM ET

Just out recently and not offered by every doctor instead of CVS or amnio is a blood test that is 99% accurate called MaterniT21. Ask your doctor about it, push for it. I did and I got it. I was scheduled for a CVS and was worried about miscarrying. This test is non-invasive and 99%!!!! Spread the word!

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Jo Feb 17, 2012 10:40:32 AM ET

Hi, I have read a few messages on here about people having babies when a close family member has lost theirs or can't conceive. I had an abortion last year mainly because I couldn't bear to tell my partners brother and sister in law as they are going through IVF. They don't know and its hurting me so much. I made a mistake and should have been more courageous. Just wondering if anyone else has been through the same thing.

bltolley Oct 24, 2013 05:51:14 PM ET

Not sure if an abortion should be based on someone else's feelings unless they are that of your spouse or yourself. if you are concerned with their ability to have a baby and you didn't want one you should have offered to be a surrogate. then the baby doesn't have to be discarded of because of your decision to partake in the act of making one. although i am very sorry that you had to go through that. it must weigh very hard on someone!. i couldn't imagine. god bless

nelly Sep 5, 2014 10:16:17 AM ET

I'm really sorry but i cant believe you made such a decision because of someone else. how could you take away a life that has been given to you just for that reason when there are so many people out there doing everything they could to have a child. i have many families and friends going through ivf and what they need is support and not your abortion. god bless you.

Reese Sep 19, 2014 12:07:58 PM ET

You can't be serious, you need mental treatment. that decision wasn't of a realistic human nature!

Tee29 Sep 19, 2016 02:05:27 PM ET

Reese how dare you tell someone they need mental treatment . she made a mistake based on what she thought was right at the time. she will have to live with that choice for the rest of her life. she doesn't need people like you giving your nasty opinion. jo everything happens for a reason and i'm sure you won't make the same mistake again. what's done is done and you may need someone professional to talk to, as you may go into a depression. forgive yourself, that's the only forgiveness you need hun. i'm sure your baby understands and already forgives you for your mistake. we are only human after all.

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Selina Sep 14, 2010 05:28:02 PM ET

Congratulations to all of you. I am 29 yrs old and currently 15 weeks pregnant also. I have 2 other children 7&5 and I feel the pressing need to suggest to all of you to really do your home work on conventional prenatal and post natal care, from experience.. I wish I had done so before I had my first two. Do NOT take your doctor's word for it, find out for yourself and then bring up any concerns to your doctor. For starters I would watch the documentary called "The business of being born" and read a book called "The sanctity of human blood" written by a doctor on vaccines. God Bless you all and my prayers are with you for a successful and healthy delivery :D

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Ashley Sep 2, 2010 04:01:37 PM ET

I am 15 weeks pregnant and went to see my OBGYN yesterday. I was told I had the option to have my baby tested for things such as down syndrome through regular bloodwork. Upon signing the paper my husband asked the nurse where we could get an abortion if the baby did have one of the diseases. I freaked out and decided I didn't want the test after all. My husband and I argued about how we would handle a child with such problems and I told him if he didn't approve of my decision he could leave and I would care for my child myself. My dr told me that the only way i needed to really be concerned is if I was in my late 30s early 40s. That gave me some relief but I still opted not to have the test done and my advice to people in this situation is, dont strees until you completely discuss your concerns with your dr. best of luck to all of you and remember, your dr is your friend when you have concerns.

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