15 weeks pregnant: Pregnancy tips and nutrition
At a glance
You could be feeling blue or full of energy – both scenarios are normal
Speak to your doctor or midwife if you’re not feeling like your usual self
Try fibre-rich foods and water to relieve any constipation
Sex is fine to enjoy and safe for you and your baby – if you’re feeling in the mood
Baby's development at 15 weeks
Everything is falling into place for your baby’s sense of smell this week. The thorax, or chest, will start to rise and fall. They are irregular movements for the moment, but it means that your little one is starting to inhale.
The development of this mechanism means the olfactory system can start to ‘smell’, driven by the aromatic molecules in the amniotic fluid. But baby won’t really perceive odours properly until the seventh month, when the nervous system is more mature.
Baby should be making an appearance in about 24 weeks! You might be feeling wonderful, thrilled to be pregnant and full of energy. Or you might be feeling a bit overwhelmed, like your body is not your own. Guess what? Both scenarios are totally normal. If you’re feeling a bit blue, talk to your GP and antenatal group about it. They’ll be able to offer advice on feelings and emotions during pregnancy, as well as solutions to help you feel more yourself.
Constipation is caused by the hormone progesterone slowing the passage of digested food through the intestines. It’s completely normal, but not very nice. Don’t worry though, there are things you can do to relieve it. Such as drinking plenty of water. Also, try to include foods that are rich in fibre in your pregnancy diet, such as fresh fruits and vegetables, whole-grain breads and cereals (and grains themselves), as well as dried peas and beans. If the problem persists, try to include a small bowl of bran cereal in your breakfast every day. If you continue to feel uncomfortable, we suggest you speak to your GP as there are gentle medicines that can be prescribed to help.
Sex during pregnancy? It’s completely fine from a medical point of view. Baby won’t be harmed or traumatised in any way. It just depends on how you’re feeling.
Some women are so preoccupied with their pregnancy that they aren’t really in the mood. Hormonal changes can have an effect on the female sexual organs too.
However, many couples experience pregnancy as a sexually intense time, and there’s no reason not to enjoy it. Plus, you can forget about contraception as you definitely can’t get pregnant again!