Weekly Guide to Pregnancy: Week 15
How big is my baby?
This week your baby is about 93-104mm (3.7-4.1 inches) in length and weighs approximately 50 grams (1.75 ounces). The fetus continues to grow rapidly, and is starting to look more and more like a baby. The external ears and eyes well developed, and lanugo (a fine, downy hair) covers the body. As the neck further extends and the chin becomes prominent, the head becomes well defined. Your baby may start to suck its thumb.
What pregnancy symptoms will I be experiencing?
By now you will be able to see some external signs of pregnancy, as your ordinary clothes might not fit and you may need to start wearing maternity clothes.
It is important to maintain a regular, daily exercise routine during pregnancy. Walking, swimming and yoga are particularly recommended. In addition, there are a few exercises that can improve backache and suppleness during pregnancy. These include:
Pelvic rocking - standing with your feet at shoulder width (or slightly wider) and your hands on your hips, gently sway your pelvis from front to back and then gently in a full circle, keeping your upper body still. If you are having trouble grasping this, consult your health care professional.
Hips - it is good to spend a little time sitting on the floor. You can sit crossed legged, or try sitting upright with the soles of your feet together and knees pointing out to the side, and feet as close as possible to the body and then push the knees towards the floor.
Pelvic floor exercises - this is the most important exercise that you can do throughout life, and most especially during pregnancy and immediately after the birth of your baby. In a lying down or sitting position, close the back passage by drawing it in as if to avoid passing wind. Count to four then relax. Do this as often as possible, at least several times per day.
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