15 Weeks Pregnant

| September 29, 2011 | 1 Comment

Shopping for maternity clothes

Sadly for the Daddy, it’s time to do some shopping! Shopping for maternity clothes, that is. It is possible that the mother will not fit into her pre-pregnancy clothes, so it’s advisable to buy comfortable and preferably loose clothes for the entire pregnancy period. Try and buy no more than two or three clothes at any one time because there’s always chance that you might outgrow them as the pregnancy progresses.

How’s the baby coming on?

Baby is beginning thumb-sucking!

A habit considered to be a rather tiresome one is now being adopted by your baby: thumb-sucking. Unfortunately there is nothing that you can do about it yet. Ultrasounds show that many babies, by this week, have their tiny thumbs in their mouths and are sucking away at them. The growth is fast, and the baby now weighs around 70 grams.

The skin is still transparent, though covering the whole body. By this week, the whole body becomes covered in Lanugo except the palms, soles of the feet, lips, genitals, nails, fingers and toes. Your baby may begin to react to light. Taste bud development initiates. Also, the heart is pumping around 25 quarts of blood a day, which will increase to 300 by the time the baby is ready to be delivered.

Changes inside the Mommy

Your heart rate is increasing

It is time to make yourself comfortable in your new clothes. Meanwhile your heart is increasing the beat rate to increase its output by about 20% to provide for your baby’s oxygen needs. You may, at this point, talk to your doctor about taking the Alpha-Fetoprotein blood test (AFP), which screens for neural tube disorders such as Anencephaly, Spina Bifida and even Down’s Syndrome. This test has been statistically confirmed to be most accurate during the 15th to 17th week of gestation.

Playing music to your baby

The time is now ripe for you to start reading to your baby and playing classical music for them. Most studies show that reading and playing music to your baby while it’s still in the uterus tends to positively affect your child’s intelligence level and also provides you and your baby with memorable bonding moments.

Daddy needs to?

Join Mommy in her reading sessions to the baby, so that your child can be given a chance to hear their Daddy’s voice too! Try and talk to your baby as frequently as you can, as this can bond you with your child as well.

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