You are 15 weeks pregnant!
With any luck, you’ll be over the nausea and fatigue of early pregnancy by now and you’ll even be enjoying that ‘pregnancy glow’. If not, remember that all pregnancies are different – hopefully you’ll be feeling better soon. Be sure to see your GP or midwife if you have any concerns.
All about the second trimester.
He can yawn, rub his eyes and suck his thumb. His nails are growing and his facial features are defined. He’s about 12.5cm long and starting to put on weight. See what’s going on in there.
The side effects of pregnancy aren’t all bad: the pregnancy glow comes because your heart’s pumping 20% faster to cope with the extra blood. Your hair is thicker and nails stronger too. Which of these side-effects of pregnancy are you feeling?
Always carry a snack and a drink, and make sure you keep caffeinated drinks to a minimum. Here’s why.
You should also try to build regular exercise into your schedule but don’t overdo it. Advice about exercise during pregnancy can be found here.
Book a tour to visit the labour wards of your chosen hospital or birth centre, and sign up for antenatal classes. Considering a homebirth? Find out whether it might suit you.
All pregnant women are entitled to free prescriptions and dental treatment throughout pregnancy and for 12 months after the birth. Your GP or midwife will provide you with the appropriate form to send off for an exemption certificate.
Self-employed? Contact your local benefits office to find out whether you’re eligible for Maternity Allowance.