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15 weeks pregnant - all you need to know

Your baby is about the size of a small pear.

15 weeks infographic.

What does my baby look like in week 15?

Their hearing is developing and from around now they might be able to hear your voice, the comforting sound of your heartbeat and muffled sounds from the outside world.  

They might also start to sense bright light outside your tummy.

Your baby is covered in fine hair, called lanugo. This will usually disappear some time before they are born, unless they arrive early.

This week your baby might start to get hiccups every now and again. Later in your pregnancy, you’ll probably be able to feel little rhythmic flutters when your baby gets them.

Your pregnancy symptoms in week 15

Any morning sickness and tiredness may have lifted by now so this is a good time to become more active. Swimming, pregnancy yoga, walking or just staying on your feet as much as possible during your normal daily activities will all build your strength for the birth and afterwards.Find out more about exercise and activity in pregnancy.

Itchy skin?

Is your skin feeling itchy on your growing bump? This is probably caused by your skin stretching. If so, it’s nothing to worry about. You could try massaging some unscented moisturiser into the skin. You might notice stretch marks, read all about what they are and what you can do about them here.

Severe itching, particularly on hands or feet could be the sign of a serious pregnancy complication called obstetric cholestasis. Find out more about the symptoms of OC/ICP here


You can be more prone to this fungal infection in pregnancy. If you notice any of the symptoms of thrush, have a chat with your midwife about treatment.


You might have a stuffy nose or suffer from nosebleeds. Hormonal changes and the increased blood supply in your body can put more pressure on the blood vessels in your nose, causing them to break.

This is pretty common but if your nosebleeds persist, tell your doctor or midwife.

Are you suffering from headaches, cramps, swollen feet or indigestion?

Here’s our guide to 10 common pregnancy complaints (and how to avoid them).

What to do in week 15

Keep moving

Being active during pregnancy will boost your health – and it’s good for your unborn baby, too.  Now that your bump is becoming more obvious you may feel as if you need to protect it more, but it’s safe to exercise right up to your due date as long as you feel okay.

There are a few types of exercise to avoid, such as scuba diving and contact sports, but it’s fine to continue with most of the exercise you did before pregnancy.

If you weren't very active before your pregnancy, it's not too late to start. Walking, swimming and pregnancy yoga or pilates are all good ways to get more active. Start with 10-minute bursts and build up to 30 minutes a day if possible.

“Yoga was fab. It really helped. My labour was amazing and quick and I'm sure it was down to great yoga instruction.” Kelly, mum of one

You don’t have to do a formal exercise class. Climbing the stairs instead of taking the lift or getting off the bus a stop early all counts as exercise.

If you want something more specific, look for antenatal exercise classes at your local leisure centre or ask your midwife about classes for pregnant women in your area.

Taking sick leave during pregnancy

If you need to take time off work for a pregnancy-related illness, it doesn’t count towards your sickness record.

If your manager usually provides sick pay you will still be entitled to this. If your company doesn’t offer sick pay you can apply for statutory sick pay. Find out more about a working pregnancy.


NHS Choices. You and your baby at 13–16 weeks pregnant (Page last reviewed: 28/02/2017 Next review due: 28/02/20207)

NICE (2008) Antenatal care for uncomplicated pregnancies,Clinical guideline [CG62] Last updated: January 2017.

RCOG (2006) Recreational Exercise and Pregnancy: Information for you, London, Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists:

RCOG (2012) Obstetric cholestasis, Information for you. Royal College of Obstetrics and Gynaecologists, London

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Last reviewed on June 25th, 2018. Next review date June 25th, 2021.

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  • By liza (not verified) on 8 Mar 2019 - 23:58

    please help at the hospital they want to terminate my pregnancy i don't know wat to do

  • By Midwife @Tommys on 11 Mar 2019 - 14:28

    Hi Liza, If you would like to call us, our number is 0800 0147 800. This sounds a really difficult situation for you. Please try to speak to the doctors until you understand the reasons why they advise termination. Sometimes, if the mother's life is a risk, termination is a choice to save the life of the mother. However, if they are able to treat you effectively and save the pregnancy, I am sure that you would want to discuss it further. Best wishes Tommy's midwives

  • By Kayla (not verified) on 24 Feb 2019 - 20:37

    Hi, I'm 15 weeks pregnant and my morning sickness has yet to subside in the last, any advice as to when it might lessen

  • By Midwife @Tommys on 27 Feb 2019 - 11:18

    Hi Kyla, I am sorry to hear that you are still suffering from nausea and vomiting. Here are some links below that you will find useful reading -
    If you have not been reviewed in your maternity unit triage by a midwife and obstetric doctor, and are still feeling awful, then please take yourself in as soon as you can, with your pregnancy notes, for urgent review. Some women need anti- sickness prescribed for them.
    Take good care of yourself - Tommy's Midwife

  • By Kikiep (not verified) on 26 Jan 2019 - 09:42

    I was about two months pregnant and I had something that seemed like a miscarriage, I bleed heavily for about an hour and some tissues passed out of my virgina. But now it's been 4 weeks since that happened and I still feel pregnant

  • By Midwife @Tommys on 29 Jan 2019 - 13:46

    Hi Kikiep, it sounds like you need to visit your GP to discuss your symptoms. They may need to scan you or to at least review your menstrual cycle. All the best, Tommy's Midwife

  • By Ev (not verified) on 1 Oct 2018 - 10:28

    I constantly get vaginal itching ever since I stated my 2nd trimester,any solutions please, thanks

  • By Midwife @Tommys on 1 Oct 2018 - 16:24

    It is possible that you may have 'thrush'. This is quite common in pregnancy and happens if the normal balance of bacteria in the vagina changes. Typically this can be after taking a course of antibiotics or being unwell. Speak to your midwife or GP who can prescribe a cream or pessary. There is some good advice and do's and don'ts on the NHS website

  • By Chi (not verified) on 17 Jul 2018 - 21:26

    Hi everyone... am 15 weeks along today but i have been having string like mucus running downn my throat since 8 weeks that makes me vomit both food and water all day! Anything cold,milk or milk products is a no-no! My previous two pregnancies (6 years ago)were so easy but this one is a different story because am sick all day with frequent blackouts. I have been to the hospital and given drugs but still no relief, just told to endure! So frustrated! Any help?

  • By Midwife @Tommys on 18 Jul 2018 - 14:42

    Hi Chi
    I am sorry to hear that you are not feeling great- hopefully you will start to feel better soon!
    Have you been to your Gp to see if they can prescribe you anything additional? It sounds unlikely that they will have anything additional if the hospital have already seen you.
    To be honest, i'm more concerned about the blackouts? Have you had your bloods taken to test your iron levels?
    Sophie,Tommy's Midwfe

  • By Vicky (not verified) on 18 Jun 2018 - 19:06

    I'm between 12-13 weeks pregnant and for some weeks now I've had this serious headache and discharge. At what stage does throwing up set in at pregnancy?
    Thank you

  • By Midwife @Tommys on 21 Jun 2018 - 16:28

    Dear Vicky,
    You may not throw up at all, some women do not experience any nausea or vomiting in pregnancy whilst others experience it very badly. If you have a serious headache then I would advise for you to speak with your GP or midwife as soon as possible so that you can be reviewed any thing more serious can be ruled out.
    Best wishes
    Tommy's midwife

  • By Kimberly (not verified) on 18 Jun 2018 - 16:05

    Hello I went to the doctor on the 19of May he told me I'm 11weeks ..I don't know how far I am now

  • By Midwife @Tommys on 21 Jun 2018 - 16:26

    Dear Kimberley,
    If you were 11 weeks' exactly on the 19th of May then you are now about 15 weeks and 5 days.
    Best wishes
    Tommy's midwife

  • By bophelo (not verified) on 14 May 2018 - 10:22

    hi!I'm 15 weeks pregnant bt i dnt feel my bby move n its my third pregnancy

    should i be worried

  • By Midwife @Tommys on 15 May 2018 - 09:46

    Hi Bophelo
    Most women start to feel fetal movements for the first time between 16-24 weeks. So it is still quite early for you to be feeling them at 15 weeks, especially if this is your first baby. Have a read of the link to our webpage below.
    You have no reason at all to worry at this gestation and will soon start to get fetal flutters of movement.
    All the best
    Sophie,Tommy's Midwife

  • By Fortune (not verified) on 18 Apr 2018 - 13:30

    Hi I'm 15 weeks preg but when l urinate l feel sharp pains like cramps for 2minutes is it normal

  • By Midwife @Tommys on 19 Apr 2018 - 15:53

    Hi Fortune, Thank you for your comment.

    From what you have described, it sounds like you may have a urine infection, this can cause you to need to pass urine more, can burn when urinating and cause pain. You need to call your GP or midwife and then they can test your urine for any signs of infection, they will be able to give you treatment if needed. Keep drinking plenty of fluids at this time at least 8 glasses of water per day. Hope this helps, take care, Tommy's Midwives x

  • By Michael Haile (not verified) on 21 Mar 2018 - 17:08

    Happy to see this info.

  • By Midwife @Tommys on 22 Mar 2018 - 15:10

    Hi Michael,

    Thank you for your positive feedback, please get in touch again if you have any suggestions or comments that you think will improve our service and the information we provide.. Take Care, Tommy's Midwives x

  • By privy (not verified) on 18 Mar 2018 - 05:38

    lm 15 wks pregnant and on not feeling any movement but l have a problem of back ache

  • By Midwife @Tommys on 19 Mar 2018 - 16:55

    Hi Privy,
    We would not expect you to be feeling movements from the baby yet. It is too soon. You may find relief for your backache by seeing a Physiotherapist or and Osteopath, or you may find it helpful to start exercising (If you don't already). We have lots of research to show that exercise is helpful for both backache and pregnancy.

  • By Ammu (not verified) on 12 Feb 2018 - 14:03

    Hi am 15 weeks pregnant am am less weight but doctor didt tell me that am under weight still i feel that i need to increase weight .please suggest

  • By Midwife @Tommys on 14 Feb 2018 - 11:00

    Hi Ammu
    If your midwife and Dr are concerned that you are underweight then you should be referred to a dietitian will be able to make a plan for you with regards to your health/diet etc in a way which is safe for both you and baby. If this has not yet happened, you can also get your GP to refer too.
    Feel free to call us on 0800 0147800 if you wish you discuss this further
    Sophie,Tommy's Midwife

  • By Vanessa (not verified) on 13 Jan 2018 - 14:57

    I am 15weeks pregnant and its my first pregnancy but my tommy is not big and apart from my breast that is big I feel fine. Thank u

  • By Midwife @Tommys on 15 Jan 2018 - 11:07

    Hi. Try not to worry or compare yourself with others. The baby is still very small and it is quite normal not to show at this stage. Best wishes

  • By Anonymous (not verified) on 12 Dec 2017 - 06:38

    I am 15 weeks pregnant and sometimes I get this pain in my navel, I hope it's okay. Also I did a scan yesterday, though the heart rate was 150bpm, I didnt notice as much movements as I normally see in the prior scans. Hope it's fine? Thank you so much.

  • By Midwife @Tommys on 13 Dec 2017 - 16:10

    Hi, Thank you for your comment.
    Mild cramping can be normal in early pregnancy , this will be all the ligaments stretching as the pregnancy grows. If you find that this pain gets worse then you need to be seen at your local early pregnancy unit. It is reassured that you had a scan yesterday and all seems to be well, a heart rate at 150bpm is very reassuring at this stage. At 15 weeks we wouldn't expect to monitor movements from baby at this stage, but it does sound that everything on your scan was normal for this stage in your pregnancy. If you are at all worried about your pregnancy then please contact your early pregnancy unit or GP as they will be more then happy to see you and give you reassurance. Hope this helps, Take care, Tommy's Midwives x

  • By Anonymous (not verified) on 6 Nov 2017 - 20:43

    Hi. I'm trying to figure out if it's normal that a urine test still b negative and everything else says I'm pregnant. I haven't had my period in a few months and it's always regular. I had discharge coming from my Boobs. And I can feel and see something moving around in my belly when I lay flat on my back. I haven't had a blood test done yet cuz I have no insurance and the resource center says they don't do blood test and without confirmation of a pregnancy they can't do a sonogram or ultrasound. And it's frustrating cuz everything except for the test tells me I'm pregnant.

  • By Midwife @Tommys on 7 Nov 2017 - 09:37

    Thank you for your message.
    Pregnancy tests work by detecting one of the key early signs of pregnancy: a hormone called human chorionic gonadotrophin (hCG). This hormone is only made when a woman is pregnant.
    Traces of hCG can be found in the urine from three to four days after implantation, but the concentration needs to continue to build up to a level at which the test can detect it and give a positive result. The best time to take a pregnancy test is from the day that the period is missed.
    It is important to know that whilst a positive result is likely to be accurate, a negative result may be misleading. Some women have a negative result and test again a week later to find that it is positive.
    This is due to the levels of pregnancy hormone gradually building up to a level at which they can be detected. If you test yourself very early on and you have a negative result, you should carry out another test in 2-3 days’ time if you have still not had a period.
    As you are continuing to get negative results and still no period, as well as other symptoms you should consult your doctor.

  • By lola (not verified) on 18 Sep 2017 - 04:37

    I have a 7month baby. Now I'm 15 weeks pregnant. I didn't planed this way but here I'm. I feel very tired all the time and my legs are showing varicose veins. Is there something that i can do to feel better?

  • By Midwife @Tommys on 18 Sep 2017 - 09:22

    Hi - Congratulations on your pregnancy. Most women at sometime in their pregnancy feel tired and run down - understandably so given the amazing things your body is doing! You're also running around after a 7 month old - which can be exhausting in itself! Rest, eat well, drink plenty of water and take up offers of help where and when you can. However, its worthwhile visiting your GP and having your iron levels checked to ensure all is well. Low iron levels can occur during pregnancy and can leave you feeling very tired.
    Varicose veins - where veins, generally in the legs, become swollen and bumpy can occur due to pregnancy.
    If they are a problem, put your feet up whenever you can and consider wearing support tights. If your legs are so swollen and painful that you have pain when you stand, talk to your midwife or doctor.

  • By Hayley (not verified) on 11 Sep 2017 - 16:28

    Hi I'm 15 weeks pregnant and have been getting really bad pain in my ribs as if they are being pushed out, especially at night, then I get a bad pain in my back (where my ribs are) is this normal? Have been thinking it's because I'm quite small so I might feel everything even early on? Thanks

  • By Midwife @Tommys on 11 Sep 2017 - 16:44

    Mild aches and pains are common in pregnancy and sharp twinges and pulling or pinching sensations when you move are most likely to be ligament pain (in the pelvic or groin area and either side of belly button). Hormonal changes in pregnancy cause the ligaments which support your organs and growing uterus to soften and stretch - this allows your womb to grow and other organs to move - but can cause aches and sharp twinges.
    However, if the pain you are feeling is painful or getting more severe you should seek advice from your GP or midwife.

  • By Tracy (not verified) on 2 Sep 2017 - 22:48

    I am 15 weeks pregnant and don't feel pregnant! I know symptoms disappear but I don't even have cramps or headaches nothing. I still haven't told anyone I'm pregnant because I don't feel it. Any advice would be appreciated.

  • By Midwife @Tommys on 5 Sep 2017 - 13:14

    Hi Tracy,
    Thanks for your post. It can be really difficult for Mums to be when they don't have any pregnancy symptoms but it isn't a sign of something being wrong it is just that there is a wide spectrum of normal and you fall into the no symptoms group!
    Have you had a recent scan? If so was all ok? You will have a further more detailed scan around 20 weeks.
    Some signs of pregnancy include darker nipples, increased sense of smell perhaps a different taste in your mouth? As you get more pregnant you will start to show and can expect to start feeling your baby move between 16-24 weeks. If it is your first baby it will be nearer to 24 weeks than 16.
    I hope this helps please call us if you have any worries and want to talk things through on 0800 0147 800 weekdays between 9-5 pm.
    Warmest wishes
    Anna-Tommy's Midwives

  • By Diana Lugo (not verified) on 27 Aug 2017 - 14:55

    Hello, I am 14 weeks pregnant and I am having some brown discharge. I contact my OB and he said it's normal but I am still very scared due to having 2 losses in the past. Should I still go to the ER?

  • By Midwife @Tommys on 30 Aug 2017 - 11:30

    Hi Diana
    Bleeding/discharge at any gestation of pregnancy needs to be reviewed urgently. We are based in the U.K and we would advise our pregnant mothers to attend an early pregnancy assessment unit, or maternity unit. If these are difficult for you to access in the U.S, then yes, please attend the E.R if you still have the discharge. After having had two losses, you of course will be very anxious, this is normal. But for your peace of mind, please get yourself checked out if you have not already done so. Please take good care of yourself! All the best!

  • By Anonymous (not verified) on 12 Aug 2017 - 02:42

    I had a one pad bleed during my third 15 week pregnant and I bleed sometimes often .scanning reports say baby is fine and doing good. I know it's not gud to bleed during pregnancy.but I am worried about my baby

  • By Midwife @Tommys on 14 Aug 2017 - 15:42

    Any bleeding in pregnancy should be investigated. If you experience any fresh red bleeding with or without pain, or accompanied by any other symptoms, then it is important to make contact with a health professional to be seen as soon as possible. If you experience bleeding often please ask your doctor for the reasons and remember that you can ask advice each time it happens. Best wishes

  • By Anonymous (not verified) on 12 Jul 2017 - 08:33

    My baby is 104 grams at 15 weeks but I read on different websites at 15 weeks baby weight is 70 grams m worried about it but doctor said it's normal

  • By Midwife @Tommys on 13 Jul 2017 - 12:18

    Hi Thank you for your comment.

    It is difficult to comment on your question as we cannot see your scan report. But if the doctor has said that the growth of baby is normal then try not to worry unnecessarily . All babies grow at different rates and are not all born the same weight. If you are still worried about this then you should contact your doctor or midwife who can talk you through the scan report and answer any concerns that you may have. If the doctor was concerned about your baby in any way then they would of given you another appointment to be seen and monitored. Best wishes Tommy's midwives x

  • By Anonymous (not verified) on 4 May 2017 - 00:51

    Hello I'm worried is it normal not to feel the baby move around at this time at 15 weeks and this is my second x

  • By Midwife @Tommys on 4 May 2017 - 11:56

    Yes this is quite normal. Most women report movements starting from 16-24 weeks. We have heard of women experiencing flutters before 16 weeks but this isn't common. If you haven't felt any movements by 24 weeks you should tell your midwife but at this stage try not to worry. Best wishes

  • By Kirby marshall (not verified) on 5 Mar 2017 - 17:28

    Is it normal to NOT feel movement at 15 weeks? And is it normal to faint? It's my first baby and I'm just worried..

  • By Midwife @Tommys on 6 Mar 2017 - 09:32

    Hi Kirby. With your first baby, it is likely that you will not start to feel any movements until about 17 weeks onward. Women who have had a baby before can often identify movements from as early as 14 weeks, but only as they have experienced these sensations before and notice them earlier.
    Feeling faint is something that needs to be investigated as soon as possible. You could have a very low iron level in your blood which could make you feel faint or induce you to actually faint. If your iron is low - you can visit your midwife or GP for a blood test - then you will be prescribed iron tablets or further treatment depending on how low your iron level is. Please go to visit your GP/Midwife as soon as possible. Please take good care of yourself!

  • By Midwife @Tommys on 22 Feb 2017 - 13:32

    Congratulations on your pregnancy! Great news that you are feeling some movements already.
    Wishing you a great pregnancy with ice cream and watermelon!
    Tommy's Midwives

  • By Tshepi (not verified) on 20 Feb 2017 - 20:59

    I feel the movement of my baby when i eating something cold like water mellon nd ice cream.

  • By Midwife @Tommys on 17 Jan 2017 - 14:23

    Congratulations on your pregnancy!
    There is no set number of normal movements. Your baby will have their own pattern of movements that you should get to know.
    From 16-24 weeks on you should feel the baby move more and more up until 32 weeks then stay roughly the same until you give birth.
    The same rule applies to 'looking' pregnant - some women show earlier than others and women also look pregnant in different.
    Try to enjoy your pregnancy - but if you have any concerns please don't hesitate to speak to your midwife.

  • By jermina (not verified) on 17 Jan 2017 - 14:15

    I feel the baby sometimes I also don't look like am pregnant

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