Pregnancy Week Fifteen

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One thing is constant throughout the pregnancy and that is the baby’s growth spurts. The baby will continue to grow right up until they make their grand appearance on their birthday. Right now, the baby is the size of a softball, getting bigger each week, gaining in length and weight. Their face is more human, with the eyes and ears finding their way to their right spots. When they are born, you will be sure to count their ten fingers and toes, which are now wiggling. Any time now, you may be feeling those little flutters. Generally, a mom will feel those first movements from week 15 on; some women may not feel the baby until after the 20th week.

Be sure to keep up good oral hygiene during the pregnancy. Have you heard the old wives tale that women lose one tooth for each pregnancy? That is partially true IF you do not take proper care of your teeth and gums. You can keep all of your teeth throughout your pregnancies by brushing your teeth at least twice a day with a soft toothbrush. Be gentle, because the gums may bleed easier because of the pregnancy hormones. The same hormones that make your nasal passages stuffy are also causing your gums and maybe even nose to bleed.

You may experience headaches, from the hormonal fluctuations. Try lying down with a cool cloth over your eyes, for a power nap to see if the ache will ease away. Combating those headaches requires you to be calm and well rested. Being pregnant is draining on the energy. Those little naps throughout the day help to rejuvenate and return energy. Nap on your left side for the best blood flow to the baby and to your heart. Drink plenty of water. Sometimes if you do not drink enough water, especially during pregnancy, you can dehydrate easily. Dehydration causes headaches too.

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