How Big is my baby at 15 weeks pregnant?

(April 5, 2011)

The question ‘how big is my baby at 15 weeks pregnant?’ is one that is frequently raised. The baby at 15 weeks pregnant is quite distinctive and has already begun to take on more human appearance. So just how big is a baby at 15 weeks pregnant?

The size of baby at 15 weeks pregnant is about four inches. It weighs approximately 1 and half ounces. That is the actual size of baby at 15 weeks pregnant.  You can see the baby’s blood vessels through its thin skin. In week 15, the baby will start producing lanugo, which is the thin covering that will protect the baby through the remainder of the pregnancy. This fine covering covers all parts of the baby except the soles of the feet, palms of the hands, genitals, lips, nails and the inner sides of the fingers. The baby’s bones start to harden in this week. It starts to practice breathing, inhaling and exhaling the amniotic fluid. This breathing helps the baby develop its amniotic sack. The baby also develops taste buds in this week. The baby even responds to light. The baby is also able to curl up in the womb and you may not be able to tell the sex of the baby. Between week 15 and week 18 is when the amniocentesis test is done and you will be able to figure out the sex of your unborn baby. You will also feel slight flutters beginning this week but they aren’t very strong so do not panic if you don’t feel them immediately. Your baby can also hear so you can read and speak to the baby. In some babies, you might also notice the baby sucking its thumb during the ultrasound.

As an expectant mother, you can expect to have put on about 5 to 10 pounds. You start feeling pregnant and bloated. Excess salivation is also a common symptom in this week and not something you should be alarmed by. The mucus membranes start swelling considerably in this stage, so you might also start experiencing a frequent stuffy nose. The mucus membranes swell up as the body sees an increase in estrogen and this hormone causes all membranes and glands to secrete more. You are also more prone to urinary tract infections in this stage of the pregnancy. This is a good time to start exercising since the troublesome effects of the first trimester are fast fading. You will also see a lot of changes in the body in this trimester.

Submitted by N on April 5, 2011 at 06:50

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