15 Weeks Pregnant – Pregnancy Week by Week

15 Weeks Pregnant – Pregnancy Week by Week

Hello, week 15! Nice to see you. That’s one more week closer to meeting your sweet little baby love! While you’re probably ready to see your babe’s face, we’ve still got a long ways to go before D-Day. Baby is growing like crazy and is roughly the size of an avoca-DANG! Was that a kick I just felt? HOLY COW GUYS! MY GENIUS CHILD JUST TOLD ME HELLO!! HELLO, BABY!!!!

15 Weeks Pregnant from the Doctor:

Round ligament pain may be getting to you right about now. Your lower abdomen/groin may feel tight or sensitive with certain movements. Always talk to your doctor when you are having new pain or discomfort; getting reassurance that this is not uncommon for a growing pregnancy can relieve a lot of anxiety. Stay active with stretching! Prenatal yoga classes are readily available in and around your town.

15 Weeks Pregnant from the Pregnant Lady:

15 weeks pregnant and I’m rockin’ this pregnancy. I’ve got a nice little bump, some hot new maternity clothes and I’m not pukey anymore, so I’m pretty much ready to be a mom and conquer the world! Here, let me get that for you [*tries to stand up*] OH DEAR LORD WHAT THE HECK IS THIS SHOOTING PAIN? The aches an pains of a fast-growing belly are real, y’all!

What are you feeling?

Round Ligament Pain

I’m sure they have some sort of function that is great for the human body. Right now, though, they are causing me some serious frustration. These little ligaments attach to the uterus and are stretched tightly as the belly grows. They especially hurt when changing positions, like from seated to standing or rolling over in bed… this pain is a sharp pain or jabbing feeling in the lower belly or groin area on one or both sides. It’s actually one of the most common complaints in pregnancy and makes me want to punch someone. hard. in the face. Did I just say that out loud?

Those First Baby Kicks

Have you felt those first few flutter kicks yet? If you haven’t yet, you should be feeling some soon. At first, they feel like the faintest little bubbles popping. They eventually turn into distinct movements and kicks that only you can feel from the inside. Eventually, you and baby will have a little game going on where he/she will let you know that they’re doing fine by wiggling around and saying hello with tiny jabs. Then, they will eventually turn into punches of fury right into your spleen. Don’t worry about those yet. For now, they’re sweet little angelic movements from heaven and they make you think “Was that my baby or was that gas?”

These little kicks have been few and far between for me, but I smile to myself every time I feel them. They just give me a little assurance that my avocado is a movin’ and a groovin’ in there!

Your 16 Week Appointment – What to Expect

This will be your second of your monthly checkups and should look and feel  a lot like the last one you had around 12 weeks. Short and sweet, it’s a good time to check in with your doctor, ask him/her any questions you might have and hear that beautiful, sweet, little heartbeat!

Since I was just in the hospital after my fainting spell, they combined that visit with my 16 week checkup so I didn’t have to come back. Here are some of the questions that I had:

– What do I do about my low blood pressure and am I going to be okay?
– How much weight gain is normal at this point?
– Why do we have round ligaments? Are they really that important?
– Is there anything extra that I need to do as a pregnant lady to prepare for the high altitude before going to Colorado for my sister’s wedding?

Pregnancy Milestone – Shopping for Maternity Clothes

This week, I’m headed to Colorado for my younger sister’s wedding, so I need some fun, new outfits for some of the festivities and since my belly is officially too big for my regular pants, to the maternity stores I go…

Maternity shopping is actually fun. At this point in the pregnancy, shopping and getting dressed up isn’t as fun as it used to be for so many people because the clothes you want to wear just don’t fit right or look good with a protruding belly. That’s why I’m thankful for maternity wear because you just put it on and it fits like it should – hitting at all the right places. PLUS, maternity clothes are so incredibly comfortable.

Maternity clothes have come a long way and can fit a wide range of styles, however, they can be pricey. It’s important to consider, though, that you’ll probably be wearing your maternity clothes for a few months after the baby is born too, so if you buy a few choice pieces and figure out how to dress around them, you’ll definitely get your money’s worth out of them.

Last time I bought a few tops/t-shirts, one dress, a business skirt and three pairs of maternity pants – black skinny jeans, white skinny jeans and denim skinny jeans. I also decided to invest in 3 good nursing bras that I started wearing long before that baby was born when these babies became ginormous. That was it. I had a January baby, so an oversized sweater and my skinny maternity pants (or even yoga pants) did the trick 90% of the time. Summer babies require more work in the maternity clothes area, so plan accordingly.

This time around, I found that this cotton bodycon dress that I bought from Nordstrom in March has been a go-to for me. I ended up going back to Nordstrom and buying it in different colors, including a few styles in long sleeves. I love body contouring clothes in pregnancy. They’re just really flattering. It’s nice to be able to buy regular clothes, too, instead of just maternity.

Now, I’ve found some of the cutest maternity styles for incredible prices at Target and Old Navy. If you’re interested in investing in some higher end maternity clothes [Is this your first baby and you’re planning on more? This might be the way to go], I love A Pea in the Pod.

How to Survive this week:

You’re 15 weeks pregnant! You’re getting bigger and so is your sweet baby! With each tiny flutter, excitement and love grows! Make sure you’re still taking your prenatal vitamins and trying to eat healthy – okay… healthy-isa. Exercising is good to do, just make sure you’re modifying according to what your doctor and you have discussed and planned together! This is also a good time to remind you that if you ever have a question or a concern, call your doc. You’ll just feel better after.

2nd Trimester Resources

Here are some posts you mind find helpful during your second trimester:

5 Natural Products for Surviving Pregnancy // Fitness for 2 – Pregnancy Fitness 101
Fitness for 2 – Working Out in the 2nd Trimester // The Ultimate Baby Registry Guide
12 Ways to Pray for Your Unborn Child // Home Tour – Baby B’s Nursery
Home Tour – Baby A’s Nursery

   

Disclaimer: As with anything, your doctor, midwife or health practitioner should be the most-esteemed and final word when it comes to pregnancy symptoms, medications, prenatal vitamins and to-do’s. This series is meant to be informative and fun, but is in no way purposed to replace the information that your doctor can provide. Always check with your doctor first.
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