15 Weeks Pregnant
By week 15 of pregnancy, you may be having difficulty zipping up your pants. This is a good time to start thinking about maternity clothes.
You may also be experiencing a variety of other changes in your body, such as:
- Abdominal pain
- Leaking breasts
- Hair changes
- Skin changes.
During the second trimester, your uterus is beginning to enlarge, which can cause a sharp pain in the abdomen and groin. The pain usually occurs when you are sleeping or when you move quickly. You should not be alarmed when this occurs. You can ease the pain by:
- Applying heat
- Rising and sitting slowly
- Avoiding sudden movement.
When you are 15 weeks pregnant, a yellowish or whitish fluid called colostrum may begin to leak from your nipples. This is completely normal. Colostrum, also referred to as "liquid gold" by lactation specialists, is richer in protein and lower in fat and milk sugar than the breast milk that comes a few days after delivery. It also contains antibodies that may help protect your baby from disease.
If you find that the colostrum is staining your clothing, you can use a disposable nursing pad (found in the baby section at the drug store) or a gauze pad in your bra. If the colostrum forms a crust around the nipple, use warm water to wash it off gently in the bath or shower.
Nosebleeds are common in the wintertime when dry air from indoor heating dries up the mucous membranes in the nose. The mucous membranes are already soft and swollen due to the increased flow of blood in your body brought on by pregnancy hormones. Try using a humidifier to keep the air moist in your home or office.
Most pregnant women experience faster hair growth and thicker hair during pregnancy; however, there are some women whose hair becomes thinner, oilier, or drier with pregnancy. Also, many women experience no "shedding" of hair during pregnancy, but make up for it after pregnancy! Hormones can affect just about anything in your body during pregnancy.
Due to the high levels of hormones in your body during pregnancy, patches of darkened or lightened skin sometimes appear on the face. This is referred to as a "pregnancy mask" (or chloasma) and will most likely disappear when your baby is born.
You might also notice that your moles or your beauty marks become darker or bigger during your pregnancy.
Some women also get "vascular spiders," which are also known as spider angiomas. Spider angiomas are red blotches that appear on the face, upper chest, and arms. They appear to be stimulated by higher-than-normal estrogen levels.