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You are now entering the third week of the second trimester and are probably enjoying your pregnancy more than before. Your baby is now developed enough to hear your heartbeat, breathing and speaking, as the bones in his ears begin to harden or ossify [1]. The legs are gradually growing longer than the arms, coming in proportion with the head and rest of the body. The ears have now reached their final position while the eyes are almost at the front of your baby’s face [5]. The fetal movement is gradually getting more complex with your baby curling those tiny toes while kicking and punching the legs and arms. Weight gain is a principal body change during this stage with most women gaining about 5 pounds by the 15th week. You are probably finally starting to feel pregnant (if you did not earlier) as the baby bump is finally starting to show enough for others to notice that you are carrying [10]. An ultrasound image can show your baby grimacing, swallowing, moving his arms and legs and sucking on his tiny thumb [11] while you can still see the growing blood vessels through the thin skin [12]. This is the right time to talk to your doctor regarding the necessity of any screening tests.

Amniocentesis can detect most of the chromosomal and genetic diseases [3], while the multiple marker is performed for measuring the alpha-fetoprotein (AFP) levels in the mother’s blood [13]. Including lots of vitamin C rich fruits and vegetables in your daily diet as, it is necessary for the proper connective tissue formation in the fetus.
But, there is no need to worry if you continue to experience the first trimester signs like morning sickness, insomnia, food aversions and metallic taste in your mouth into the second, especially if you are carrying twins.
The nails on the little fingers and toes are growing fast [1], while all the joints in his body are already developed enough to move [4]. He continues to practice different facial expressions to give the muscles a proper work out. He is also practicing swallowing, grasping and sucking so he can survive on his own after birth [5].
However, do not get too concerned if you are not showing yet as each pregnancy is different. There are no routine exams for week 15, but women over 35 years of age and those with high risk pregnancies are usually prescribed to have certain tests to assess the fetal health at this stage [13]. The pregnancy hormones responsible for most of these symptoms function differently in each pregnancy, making it unique in many ways.

Lanugo, the fine layer of downy hair now covering the fetus’s back, shoulders, forehead and ears, will continue helping him retain body heat until there is enough fat in his body to keep him warm [6]. Another new development this week is the frequent hiccups that come before the fetus starts practicing breathing [7].
It is quite normal to lose balance or trip a few times for no reason as your center of gravity is changing due to the growing belly [9]. Although gender detection might be possible through an ultrasound at this stage, it is advisable to wait a few more weeks to get an accurate result. Multiple marker screening (blood test) [14] and amniocentesis are the common screening tests performed between the 15th and 20th weeks [8]. However, these hiccups do not make any sound as the fetal trachea is filled with amniotic fluid instead of air.
The pregnancy hormone relaxin continues to loosen your joints and muscles, making you a bit clumsy.

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