Your belly is starting to really get a nice bump to it. While every woman carries the pregnancy differently, you can certainly tell you are pregnant this week. The average weight gain up to this point is about 5 pounds. Around week 15, many women start trading in their old jeans for new stretch-band maternity pants. You are pregnant-enjoy it! If you can find something comfortable to wear, this will feel more important than style at this point.
In addition to the growing bump, people will notice your glow. The second trimester is notorious for the pregnancy glow. Women absolutely radiate a natural, beautiful glow when pregnant. If cosmetic companies could figure out how to bottle your glow, they would have every woman buying it.
Due to your belly growing and other physical changes, you might just start feeling uncomfortable this week. If so, do not worry. There are useful tools that can help you feel more comfortable. Try sleeping with a body pillow or surround yourself with pillows. The added support and cushion make for a comforting night's sleep. During the day, try using a maternity belly belt. This spandex material belt supports the belly and eases pressure off the back. There are several styles and brands to choose from. They are worth its weight in gold.
Flutter can be felt as early as this week. This is probably the most exciting transitional landmark. For the first time, you might just feel your little peanut kicking around inside the womb.
Your lil' bee has grown to an amazing 4" and weighs approximately 2 ounces as of week 15. The baby's hair starts to grow this week. Babies at 15 weeks start to show neck development. Prior to this week, the baby's head looked like it sat directly on their shoulders in a permanent shrug.
Loads of changes are noted this week if you were to x-ray the baby. First, you would notice for the first time the development of bones. Prior to this week, the bones were weak and transparent. In addition, hand-to-eye skills are noted. Babies can be seen sucking their thumbs for the first time this week.
With so many changes taking place, the baby's legs are now longer than the arms. With the growth that has taken place, the size of the baby now compares to a naval orange. In the weeks to come, the baby will be growing faster than ever!