Your baby at 15 weeks pregnant
Your baby is the size of a small grapefruit, weighing anywhere from 1.7 to 2.5 ounces and measuring 4.1 to 4.5 inches crown to rump.
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.
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.
Your pregnancy at 15 weeks
Many women report feeling energized 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 edema, 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.