How is my baby growing?
You are now entering your 15th week of pregnancy. You should know that your growing fetus is now about the size of an apple, weighing about 75 grams and is 10 cm long from head to toe.
Your baby is continuing to grow and move his limbs. You may soon start to feel your baby’s movements. Your baby is also learning how to breathe, swallow and suck. He is practicing everyday to refine these skills that are necessary to survive after birth. During this week, you may be able to know your baby’s sex by doing an ultrasound.
Body & Life Changes
How is my body changing?
You may notice your gums becoming more senstive. Your gums may also be red, swollen and prone to bleeding when you brush or floss. This may be signs of a dental condition called gingivitis. It is common and is usually caused by your pregnancy hormones. It is important to care for your teeth even more than you did before your pregnancy. It is recommended to brush at least 2 times a day but 3 times a day is best after each meal. You should not ignore your teeth. It may lead to a more serious infection of the bones and tissues that support your teeth called peridontitis, which have been linked to premature labor and preeclampsia. Prevention and good dental hygiene is the key to healthy teeth.
What should I be concerned about?
You are probably concerned about your emotional changes. Your emotions can still fluctuate and become unpredictable. Here are some emotions you may be feeling:
- You may cry for no reason.
- Becoming cheerful then anxious when you think about your pregnancy.
- Feeling overwhelmed when you cannot fit ordinary clothes.
- Feeling frustrated when you cannot concentrate.
- Feeling angry when you become forgetful or tend to drop objects.
These emotions may feel intense but will become more manageable after a few weeks. You can try to cope with your emotions by talking to someone, writing a pregnancy diary or listen to your favorite music. Just keep in mind that your pregnancy hormones are causing your emotional rollercoaster. It’s is probably not the best time to make any decisions at this time. Wait a few weeks when you are able to think with a clear mind.
What should I tell my doctor?
If you have had allergies before your pregnancy, you may notice your allergies getting worse. This is common for most pregnant women who suffer from allergies. Let your doctor know if your allergies are worsening and is disrupting your daily routine. There may some medications that may harm your baby. It is best to consult with your doctor to recommend safe treatment options for your allergies.
What tests should I know about?
During your second trimester, your doctor will want to see you at least once every month. Every appointment, your doctor will perform routine tests, which will include testing your blood pressure and your urine.
It is important to test your blood pressure to see if there are any signs of preeclampsia, which is characterized by high blood pressure during pregnancy. This can cause harm to you and your baby. Other signs of preeclampsia is protien in the urine (proteinuria), kidney or liver changes, persistant headaches or vision changes. These changes can be detected through your urine test. Talk to your doctor to further explain about your results and what they mean.
Health & Safety
What should I know about being healthy and safe while pregnant?
You are probably wondering if it is safe to go see your dentist. Not only is it safe but it is recommended. Your dentist can safely clean your teeth and fill your cavities while you are pregnant. Since your immune system is weaker, your dentist will take necessary preventative measures to prevent any potential infections during your procedures. During a dental x-ray, make sure the leaded apron will cover your stomach and throat to minimize radiation exposure.
Make sure to tell your dentist about any drug allergies that you have. Knowing what drugs you cannot take will help the dentist chose the right drug for you. You may need antibiotics to treat or prevent infections. If you need pain relief, your dentist will also need to chose the safest drug to best relieve your pain.
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Review Date: August 11, 2016 | Last Modified: October 26, 2018
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