15 Weeks Pregnant
You’re 15 weeks pregnant! Many women are feeling so good at this point of their pregnancy that they begin to experience an increased libido. Some pregnant women may not want sex at all, and at the opposite end of the spectrum, others might have the highest sex drive they can remember!
If you are having a normal pregnancy, it’s perfectly safe to have sex during this time and it can be a good thing for your relationship as well.
Ultimately how you experience sex during pregnancy is individual, some women find sex is more enjoyable and some are just not interested.
If your partner is resistant, it could be that he is feeling strange about the baby being so close to the action. Reassure him that the little one cannot feel or sense what is going on. You may need to take the initiative in this department until he becomes more comfortable with it.
15 Weeks Pregnant – Your Body
You may start to experience some new symptoms of pregnancy around this time, such as nosebleed. Thanks to the pregnancy hormones progesterone and estrogen, your blood vessels are dilating more easily. Your blood supply has increased and this puts pressure on the small capillaries found in the lining of the nose and the gums, causing nosebleeds and bleeding gums.
Try to avoid letting your nose dry out, especially if you spend a lot of time in places with central heating. Running a humidifier in your home (especially in winter) may help. Lubricating the nostrils can also alleviate the nosebleeds.
Bleeding gums are harder to prevent but a diet rich in protein, calcium and vitamins C, B and D may help. It is important you take good care of your teeth and gums at this time, as you could be prone to gingivitis (inflammation of the gums).
Left unchecked, gingivitis can cause periodontitis (infection of bone and tissues supporting the teeth) and research has shown this to be a risk factor for premature labour. Good dental hygiene is a must, so see your dentist at the first sign of problems.
DID YOU KNOW? Studies have found that during pregnancy, a mother-to-be can help prevent her baby from getting eczema. Find out more here.
15 Weeks Pregnant – Your Baby
When you’re 15 weeks pregnant, your baby is moving around a lot, though you may not yet feel it or are starting to sense light flutters! Your baby is becoming sensitive to light now and may even get the hiccups!
Respiratory type movements in your baby’s chest can be detected now. He is moving about half a litre (one pint) of amniotic fluid in and out of the lungs every day and excreting about that same amount of urine. He is also starting to develop what is known as ‘brown fat’, which helps him regulate his body temperature.
Your baby’s legs have grown enough that they are as long as, or longer than his arms, making him look more proportionate.
Your baby is around 10cm long and weighs about 70 grams. He is about the size of an apple.