Pregnancy Week 15
Having gained anywhere from 5 to 10, the uterus and belly have expanded to a noticeable point by week 15 of pregnancy. At this time, a physician will probably start measuring the motherís fundal height, the distance between the top of the uterus to the pubic bone. This measurement correlates with the pregnancy weeks and can help reaffirm the due date. Excessive salivation, stuffy nose, and colds are usually experienced from week 15 and on, and are all common symptoms of pregnancy. Even urinary tract infections are more common during pregnancy because of the relaxed state of the uterus walls. A kidney infection is a very real danger of urinary tract infection if it is not looked after. Symptoms of a UTI include a burning sensation when urinating, lower abdominal pain, the constant compulsion to urinate, and blood in the urine or cloudy urine. Also, pregnancy symptoms of a UTI can include nausea or fever. A kidney infection becomes apparent when symptoms such as high fever, lower back pain, nausea, and vomiting arise. Water and cranberry juice can help reduce the chance of infection. If a woman tests negative for a UTI at the first parental visit, chances are that it will not be contracted throughout the pregnancy.
At about 4 1/2 inches long, and at around 1 1/2 ounces, the baby during week 15 is still growing as fast as ever. The babyís skin is still translucent at this stage and blood vessels are easily spotted. During this week, a fine hair called lanugo that encompasses the babyís entire body begins to form. Sucking itís thumb and breathing in amniotic fluid prepares the fetusís air sacs for that first breath of air after birth. If a UTI is so bad that it is in danger of becoming a kidney infection, antibiotics will probably be prescribed. Although medications are not usually recommended for pregnancy women, sometimes they become necessary. Category A medications are considered safe for use during pregnancy, although progressing through the alphabet to Category D medications becomes more and more dangerous for the fetus.
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