15 weeks pregnant
15 Weeks Pregnant: Your Baby’s Development
Hair today. Your baby’s hair pattern is established this week, but this is no guarantee that he or she will be born with a full head of hair. Ultra-fine, soft hair, called lanugo, is also appearing over your little one's entire body. This downy hair protects the delicate skin from the amniotic fluid and usually disappears just before or after birth.
Thin-skinned. Underneath that lanugo is a fine layer of skin through which you can see blood vessels already transporting blood. Mouth development continues and baby’s face is capable of moving more and more.
15 Weeks Pregnant: Your Symptoms
Power surge. Many women report feeling energised at this point in the pregnancy. If you're one of the fortunate ones with that extra oomph, enjoy it! Take a walk, plant some flowers or start planning the baby's room.
Swollen hands, feet and ankles. This swelling, or oedema, is caused by the increased blood circulating through your body and the pressure of your growing uterus on the pelvic veins. Mild exercise is a great way to keep swelling at bay, so try walking, swimming or taking a yoga class. If the puffiness shows up in your face, make sure to get in touch with your healthcare provider.
Did you know? It's time for hair! This week, the scalp hair pattern is established for life and soft hair (called lanugo) covers the body to protect the baby's skin from the amniotic fluid.
15 Weeks Pregnant: Your Checklist
Help prevent swelling by walking, swimming, or doing yoga
Rest frequently with your feet elevated and be sure to drink plenty of water
Investigate maternity leave options at your workplace
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