Are you at 24 weeks pregnant? If yes, you can breathe a sigh of relief because the baby is finally considered ‘viable’. That is right. If the baby were to be born this week, the lungs, brain, heart, and circulatory systems are developed enough hence making the chances of survival through neonatal care very high. But hang in there mama, this is not likely to happen until your due date. And, that is not all! The baby can also retain what he/she hears. Amazing! Right? You can go ahead and whisper sweet words such as how great the baby will be years to come. Here is what you need to know about your body and your developing cutie.
Your Baby at 24 Weeks Pregnant
At 24 weeks pregnant, most of the organs are well formed and your baby is on a marathon to add weight. Believe it or not, he/she is adding weight at a rate of about six ounces/ week. This is amazing! Most of this weight is coming from the growing organs, bones, and fat being added under the skin.
By the 24th week, the inner ear of your baby is fully developed and the baby can hear what is happening around. You will be surprised to also know that your baby’s ears are not just responsible for the hearing. The inner ear comprises of the vestibular tubes which are responsible for body balance. These tubes help your baby to know if they are on the right side of the womb. In the last weeks of pregnancy, the vestibular system will help your baby to take a head-down position ready for delivery.
Is your sleeping time crashing with the wake sessions of your baby? By the 24th week, your baby has developed a distinct sleep-wake pattern. Around this time, most pregnant moms indicate that when they are going to sleep, that is when their babies are awake and actively making kicks and twists. To address this, consider adopting a sleeping pattern that matches that of the baby. Besides, you can get yourself busy by counting how many times you feel the baby making the soft kicks. Well, isn’t it awesome to know that the baby is well and kicking in frenzy?
Your Body at 24 Weeks Pregnant
At 24 weeks pregnant, can you see the finishing line in sight? Check again, you are almost coming to the close of the second trimester that comes to a close on the 27th week. This means that you are only remaining with 16 weeks to your due date. Amazing!
As the baby and your body continue growing at an amazing rate, you should have added about 15 pounds by the 24th week. The baby bump is now pushing everything and your navel is easily visible. Well, consider it as a badge of honor! Then, go for signature free dresses that make you comfortable and attractive.
24 Weeks Pregnant is How Many Months?
At 24 weeks pregnant, you are into the six month of pregnancy. Time is racing fast and only three months are left to your due date.
At this point, you might ask: “How are the months calculated?” The calculations start from the first day of your last’s menstrual period (LMP). Besides you also have to factor that months have 30 or 31 days except February that has fewer days. These additional days also count.
24 Weeks Pregnant Ultrasound
How does your baby look like on the 24th week? An ultrasound scan in this week would reveal that beautiful face of your baby complete with hair, eyelashes, and eyebrows. Did your baby just try to wink? That is right. Though the eyelids are completely shut, the baby can make all sorts of gestures.
24 Weeks Pregnant Symptoms
By the 24th week of pregnancy, the chances are that you have already started feeling the baby kicks. But now, the kicks will be getting stronger so that even your partner might feel them by placing hands on the belly as the baby kicks. What a thrill for the two of you to count the baby kicks when relaxing or on a pregnancy getaway!
Have you realized that your vision is at times getting blurry? This is caused by pregnancy hormones that reduce tear production while increasing fluid buildup. However, you should not worry about it because the problem will get away after delivery. There is no need to go for contact-lens prescriptions!
Another common symptom that you are likely to experience around this time is migraines. Like the blurred vision, migraines are caused by pregnancy hormones. They come as mild headaches that can last for one to several days. Make sure to seek medical help if the migraines become persistent. Remember that you should not simply rush to common over-the-counter painkillers without a doctor’s prescription.
Feeling constipated? The buildup of pregnancy hormones can also result in relaxation of intestinal muscles. The effect is that food takes a longer period in the digestive system in order to optimize nutrients absorption. It is advisable to take a lot of fluids and fibers to help push food through the digestive system faster.
Things to Do at 24 Weeks Pregnant
Take A Glucose Test
This is a very important test that helps to measure how your body responds to sugar. The test is used to screen for diabetes that develops during pregnancy. If you are diagnosed with gestational diabetes, your healthcare provider might recommend a change in your diet, exercises, or prescribe some medication. Note that this test is very important because gestational diabetes can result in delivery complications, preeclampsia, and premature delivery.
Consider A Last Minute Getaway
Notably, your pregnancy is still in the blissful period as the fatigue of the first trimester is long gone and the baby bump is still not too big. That said, this is an opportunity to take a last minute vacation or getaway. Treat yourself to a short vacation with your significant other and relax sharing great stories.
Review Common Daily Routines And Learn How To Do Them
As the baby bump continues to grow, you need to rethink how some common routines are done. For example, the right way to fasten your seat belt should change. The lap strap belt should run under the belly and rest against the hipbone. Then, the shoulder strap should run across the center of the chest as opposed to below the arm.
NOTE: Never cross a car seatbelt or any part of it over the belly.
Review Your Finances And Personal Operations In Relation To The Pregnancy
It is true that you might have a paid maternity leave and some savings for the pregnancy. But what is your overall financial position? Before you fell pregnant, you had projects such as a mortgage, investment in stocks, and online business. You need to establish how the pregnancy has fitted in the entire financial and operational equation.
If you had other businesses/ investments that need more focus, it might be necessary to seek the help of a project manager until a couple of months after delivery. Knowing that your finances are okay and projects in order can help you avoid stress.
24 Weeks Pregnant Checklist
- Schedule your 28-week prenatal visit. This will be an important appointment because it will mark the start of your third trimester.
- If you are stressed, consider going for a massage from a masseur who specializes in treating moms-to-be. If you can do this more often, it will be a great thing for relieving leg cramps, reducing stress, and addressing backaches.
- During the third trimester, you will have a lot of things to do. Therefore, take this week and the remaining part of the second trimester to plan for things such as photo shoots of your newborn, and assistance after delivery.
- Do your regular Kegel exercises to keep the pelvic muscles healthy. At least once in the week, consider doing the exercises with a personal trainer or follow an online guide.
- Have you finished selecting the right name for your baby? If you are done populating the list of preferred names, go ahead and pick the best in this week. If you are still undecided, consider picking several names so that identifying the ideal one in the coming weeks will be simple.
Questions to Ask Your Doctor at 24 Weeks Pregnant
- What are the conditions that make moms-to-be deliver babies through C-section as opposed to normal delivery?
- What complications are common from week 24 and how should I avoid them?
- Am I at risk of suffering from gestational diabetes?
At 24 weeks pregnant, your baby is considered “viable” or fully formed. This means that your baby’s development is almost complete and the focus is accelerated growth to reach the right birth weight by the due date. Besides, your body is also racing to prepare for labor, delivery, and post-delivery baby nourishment. Therefore, continue planning and set your eyes on the finishing line that has now become clearer.
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