Breast milk is best for your baby

The World Health Organisation recommends exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months of life. Unnecessary introduction of bottle feeding or other food and drinks will have a negative impact on breastfeeding. After six months of age, infants should receive age appropriate foods while breastfeeding continues for up to two years of age or beyond. Consult your doctor before deciding to use infant formula or if you have difficulty breastfeeding.

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SECOND TRIMESTER / WEEK 15

15th Week of Pregnancy

The Purpose of Prenatal Testing
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Baby's Growth and Development at 15 Weeks Pregnant

Your baby's internal and external growth continue at a remarkable pace throughout the 15th week of pregnancy.

  • When you’re 15 weeks pregnant, your baby is about 4½ inches from head to rump, and weighs about 2 to 3 ounces. She’s about the length of a large apple.
  • Your baby's hair might appear on her scalp and eyebrows. Hair follicles even begin to generate the pigments that give hair its color.
  • By your 15th week of pregnancy, your baby's ears probably have reached their permanent position on the side of her head, and her eyes are moving to where they belong on the front of her face.
  • Your baby's skin is developing, but remains extremely thin.
  • Your baby's skeletal system and muscles further develop and strengthen.
  • By the end of your 15th week of pregnancy, your baby might be able to wiggle fingers and toes, make a fist, or even suck her thumb!

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Your Changing Body at 15 Weeks Pregnant

By your 15th week of pregnancy, your body has made major adjustments to nurture your growing baby inside. Starting at about 15 weeks pregnant, your body's next challenge is to make room for your growing baby.

  • Your lung capacity increases, allowing your body to carry more oxygen to your baby.
  • Your rib cage might enlarge — up to 2 to 3 inches around — to accommodate the increasing size of your lungs!

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Wellness and Nutrition at 15 Weeks Pregnant

By your 15th week of pregnancy, you’ve accomplished a lot. Whether it has been smooth sailing or a bumpy road, it’s not unusual to have concerns or occasional worries about your baby's health.

Prenatal Testing: Knowledge Is Power.

  • The more you and your doctor know about your baby's health, the better equipped you can be to address any potential problems.
  • You might want to know specifics about your baby's health before she is born, particularly if you have any increased risk factors.
  • Prenatal tests include screening tests, which your doctor can describe for you, and diagnostic tests, which are done when a screening test indicates the doctor needs more information.
  • Many women choose to have ultrasounds, blood tests, or other tests for a variety of reasons. You and your doctor should discuss which tests you need.
  • When examining prenatal testing options, you may want to ask yourself:
    • What will you do with the information?
    • Will the information help your doctor better care for you and your baby?
    • How accurate are the results?
    • What are the risks?
  • Triple test is a screening test that checks for chromosomal disorders, such as Down syndrome, and spinal abnormalities, such as spina bifida, by measuring:
    • AFP (alpha-fetoprotein - Produced by your baby's liver, this protein might show up in your blood.)
    • HCG (human chorionic gonadotropin - A hormone produced by your placenta)
    • Estriol (An estrogen produced by your baby and your placenta)
  • This test is most accurate when completed between the 16th and 18th weeks of pregnancy.

    Nutrition Now
    Good nutrition
    now can help protect your baby after birth from diseases. It's yet another reason to eat well!

    Your Fit Tip
    As your body shape begins to change, so should your exercise routine. By your 15th week of pregnancy, you might need to make changes to stay safe, balanced, and comfortable while working out.