This week your baby weighs a little less than 100 grams. It's
still very small, but is moving around a lot when it's not
snoozing. Those eyes which have been positioned to the side of its
face are now better placed and where they should be. Small
breathing movements are clear on ultrasound at this stage; so are
sucking and swallowing actions. Practicing these complex skills
early on means that by the time your baby is born it will be more
adept at them and better able to support itself.
By the time you are 15 weeks pregnant, that new burst of energy
you've been looking forward to has probably kicked in. You could
find you are able to enjoy food as you normally do and look forward
to meal times instead of dreading them. Try to have a wide variety
of foods which will help your body stay healthy and support your
baby's growth as well. There is evidence to prove the
recommendations that during pregnancy, women should not restrict
their diets and eat foods with varying tastes and flavours. Doing
this has a positive effect on a baby's willingness to accept
different foods once they are introduced to solids. If their taste
buds are already "primed" to a wide variety of flavours via the
amniotic fluid, they tend to be more adventurous with their
You may be developing a bit of a tummy by now, or perhaps not.
You'll definitely be feeling pregnant and you could find your legs
and back are aching if you've been standing for a while. You're not
quite at the stage of walking with a waddle, but there may be a
small change to the way you normally walk.
Your sleeping habits could be changing too, as you need to
rearrange yourself in bed to find a more comfortable position to
lie in. If you've always been a tummy sleeper, you may be
discovering this is getting to be more difficult because your belly
gets in the way. Think about investing in a long pillow which you
can mould around your body and legs. These can be a great aid to
sleeping and you'll find you'll get your money's worth by the end
of your pregnancy.
Week 16 comes next.