You’re 15 weeks pregnant, and here’s what’s going on…
You’ll probably be given the option of undergoing some genetic testing on your baby to look for chromosomal disorders soon. Talk with your healthcare provider about which tests you might need. Some mamas see these tests as a way to relieve their worries, while others are worried the tests will stress them out even more. Discuss it with your partner and decide what’s best for you.
Regular visits to see your doctor or midwife continue to be important in your second trimester. While there’s still plenty of time, try to meet all the practitioners at the office since you aren’t guaranteed your regular caregiver will be the one on call when you deliver — and first introductions can be awkward with someone’s hand in your vagina.
Your uterus is about 3 to 4 inches below your belly button, which sounds pretty low even though it feels like it’s lodged in your esophagus. If you’re getting winded more easily lately, that’s why — it’s nothing to worry about, unless your heart is beating out of your chest or your fingertips and lips are turning blue. But prepare for it to get worse before it gets better, when the baby drops back down in your pelvis, or lightens, in the third trimester.
In addition to drinking and peeing out amniotic fluid, your baby is also “breathing” it, which helps its little lungs develop. If you think a baby getting pee in their mouth is gross, we’ll just go ahead and assume this is your first baby — because that’s nothing!
Start doing some preliminary measurements around your home, especially for the bulkier baby stuff. Figure out where the crib, changing table, and stroller will go. You don’t want to be caught off guard later if the crib doesn’t fit in the nursery.