Week 15 pregnancy symptoms

Find out what symptoms you may be experiencing this week

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  • Your pregnant body

    It’s around this time that you may undergo additional screening tests, if you've decided this is what you want to do following your earlier scan. As well as the triple test, which tests for Down's syndrome and other abnormalities, your doctor may suggest an amniocentesis.

    Pregnancy at this stage can also increase the chances of getting yeast infections, such as thrush, due to hormonal changes creating perfect conditions for the infection to flourish. Symptoms include a white discharge and itchiness or a burning sensation.

    Thrush isn’t dangerous and won’t affect your pregnancy, however, your baby could contract oral thrush while passing through the birth canal if you leave it untreated. Thrush can be easily treated, just speak to your midwife.

    A much more exciting pregnancy symptom at this stage is the return of your libido, which is good news as sexual experiences are said to be heightened during pregnancy!

    As your body begins to expand slightly, your skin may begin to feel dry and itchy, so moisturize your stomach and breasts (not your nipples though) with a light aqueous cream or oil, which will help soothe any itching.

    Your skin absorbs more moisture when wet so the best time to apply any creams would be after you’ve has a shower or bath. Rubbing your belly is also a great way of communicating with your baby!

    Now find out what you should be doing this week…

  • What should you be doing this week?

    This week, make sure you are having a lot of calcium in your diet, as your baby’s bones are beginning to develop, and she can only draw calcium from one source – you. If there's not much calcium to be had, your developing baby takes priority and will leech away calcium from your own body so make sure you're taking in enough calcium for both of you so you don't become more susceptible to osteoporosis in later life.

    Learn more about how your baby's developing with 15 weeks pregnant in pictures and check out our week by week pregnancy guide.

    Find out what your pregnancy symptoms meant last week and what symptoms you can look forward to in week 16 of your pregnancy!