Pregnancy week 15
How's the foetus during week 15?
Your baby is about the size of an apple, weighs about 70g and is about 10.1cm long from crown to rump.
• Her heart pumps about 24 litres of blood per day.
• She may start sucking her thumb and gets frequent hiccups as the diaphragm goes into spasms.
• The skin is so transparent that the blood vessels are visible. What's with my body: Bigger breasts and sex determination
• Your heart is pumping up to 20% more blood than usual.
• Your uterus may begin to rise past your hipbones any time now. Your doctor will start to measure "fundal height" - the distance from the top of the uterus (fundus) to the pubic bone.
• Your breasts are becoming larger and heavier. Wear a good supportive bra to relieve strain on the ligaments and your back.
• Skin pigmentation, known as chloasma, is likely to increase. Stay out of the sun to reduce pigmentation marks, and become best friends with your sunscreen, even on overcast days.
• Discuss with your partner whether you want to know the sex of the baby. Some people like to know so they can prepare for a son or daughter, others prefer the drama of ‘It’s a girl!’
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