Week 15 of Pregnancy: You are now entering the 15th week of pregnancy, the fetus is about the size of an apple, weighs about 75 grams, and is about 10 centimeters long from head to toe. As your baby continues to grow, it starts to move it’s limbs and learn how to breathe, swallow and suck. You may soon feel your baby’s movements as your baby is practicing daily to improve the survival skills. This week, you can use ultrasound to learn about your baby’s gender.
Changes in the body and life – Week 15 of Pregnancy
You may notice that your gums is becoming more sensitive, and when brushing or flossing, the gums might have some redness, swelling and bleeding, which can be a common sign of gingivitis. This is usually caused by pregnancy hormones, so taking care of you teeth is more important than before pregnancy.
It is recommended to brush your teeth at least 2 times a day, but preferably 3 times, once after a meal. You should not ignore your teeth, as this can lead to serious infections of bones and tissues that support the teeth, called Periodontitis, which is associated with premature birth, Preeclampsia. Prevention and good oral hygiene are the best way to healthy teeth.
What should I be aware of – Week 15 of Pregnancy
You may be worried about your mood changes, as the mood will still fluctuate and become unpredictable. Here are some of the emotions you might feel:
- Crying for no reason.
- When thinking about pregnancy, you might feel a moment of happiness, followed by anxiety.
- When you can’t wear ordinary clothes, you can feel discomfort and upset.
- Your inability to concentrate is nonexistence and it can be frustrating.
- Feeling angry about yourself for forgetting or dropping things.
These emotions may feel intense, but in a few weeks it will become easier to control. Try talking to someone, write a pregnancy diary, or listen to your favorite music to cope with these emotions. Keep in mind that your pregnancy hormones brings your emotions in a roller coaster, so this is not the best time to make decisions. Wait for a few weeks before you can think soberly.
Periodic maternity inspection
If you have symptoms of allergies before pregnancy, you may notice that these symptoms are exacerbated and are common for most pregnant women. If these allergies are getting worse and disrupt your daily life, tell your doctor. Some medications can hurt your baby, so it is best to consult a doctor to recommend safe treatments for your allergies.
What checks should I do?
In the second trimester, your doctor will want to see you at least once a month. A routine checkup includes blood pressure and urine tests for every maternity check.
It is important to test blood pressure to see if there are any signs of preepilepsy, which is characterized by hypertension during pregnancy. Other signs of pre-epilepsy include proteinuria, kidney or liver changes, persistent headache or vision changes. With a urine test, these changes can be detected. Consult a physician to learn more about the results and their implications.
Health information during pregnancy
You might want to know whether it is safe to see a dentist. Well, it’s not only safe, but also recommended. Dentists can safely clean and fill cavities during your pregnancy. Due to your weak immune system, the dentist will take the necessary precautions to prevent any potential infections during the procedure. During dental X-rays, make sure that the lead apron covers your stomach and throat to minimize radiation.
If you have any allergies to your medication, be sure to inform your dentist. It will help you choose the right medication for you. You may need to treat or prevent infections with antibiotics, and if you need to relieve pain, the dentist can also choose the safest medication to best relieve your pain.