As you enter your 24th week of pregnancy, you’re getting closer and closer to the third trimester. Although it’s still a few weeks away!!!
This week is significant because it’s when a fetus is generally considered viable, meaning that there’s a 50% chance of survival if the baby were born.
However, this trimester tends to be when pregnant people experience the least amount of symptoms, so hopefully, you can enjoy this time while preparing for the changes ahead. Wait for only 16 weeks…!!!
Pregnancy Week 24 Quick Facts
- At 24 weeks, you’re six months pregnant
- You have 16 weeks remaining your due time “Calculate your due-date”
- You’re in your second trimester
Your Unborn Baby’s Size at 24 Weeks
How Big is a Baby?
At 24 weeks, your unborn baby is about 13.62 inches long and weighs approximately 1.46 pounds or 661 grams: the size of an ear of corn. “Baby… will gain 170 grams per week moving forward“
Pregnancy Symptoms Week 24
Cloth size change?
- Although your delivery date is still four months away, your body is already going through some “dress rehearsals” in preparation for the baby’s arrival.
- By this point, your baby bump is most likely quite noticeable (and you may be relishing the comfort of your maternity leggings!). Your fundal height, which measures the distance between the top of your uterus and your pubic-bone area, is typically around 21 to 25 cm, with some variation.
Produce white liquid from Breast?
- Your breasts may begin to produce colostrum, which is an early form of milk, even though you still have four months until your due date. This may occur intermittently throughout the rest of your pregnancy. However, it’s not uncommon for some women not to produce any colostrum until after delivery, so there’s no need to worry if you’re not experiencing this.
- If you have any concerns or inquiries about colostrum, it’s important to consult with your healthcare provider. It’s also advised not to express breastmilk as this can stimulate contractions and potentially induce labor.
Having More Contraction?
- Around this time, some women may experience occasional Braxton-Hicks contractions, which can be considered as practice contractions for the real labor and delivery. These contractions are typically painless, but may cause a squeezing sensation in the uterus.
However, if the contractions become painful or more frequent, it’s crucial to contact your healthcare provider, as it could indicate preterm labor.
Difficulty in breathing?
- It’s typical to feel short of breath during pregnancy.
- Pregnant women may experience breathlessness due to high blood pressure, excessive amniotic fluid, and fluctuating hormones, such as progesterone.
- Although mild shortness of breath is normal during pregnancy, experiencing difficulty breathing, persistent coughing, or chest pain necessitates immediate medical attention.
Prenatal Tests and Doctor’s Appointments
Due to the extensive development occurring in your baby, it’s crucial to ensure that you maintain a nutritious diet.
- folate (a type of vitamin B)
- vitamin D
- vitamin C are some of the most essential nutrients for both you and your baby.
Your doctor arrange for a glucose test this week to examine gestational diabetes, that typically vanishes after delivery. This condition develops when the body is unable to produce sufficient insulin to break down sugar in the bloodstream.
Your upcoming routine prenatal appointment will probably be during your third trimester at around 28 weeks. Following this, you can expect to visit your healthcare provider twice a month. As you approach week 36, these visits will increase to once a week.
Are babies fully developed at 24 weeks?
Even though a baby at 24 weeks may appear like a newborn, they are not entirely developed.
The baby still needs to gain some fat, and their lungs are not fully matured yet. While the baby’s taste buds, fingerprints, and footprints are forming, their brain is still developing and growing. Although the baby is coming closer to being prepared to meet you, they have important work to accomplish in your 24-week baby bump.
If you’re carrying twins, by week 24, each baby is approximately 8 inches in length and weighs an impressive 1 1/2 pounds. Their tongues are forming taste buds, and their fingerprints and footprints will soon be fully developed.
“Around this time or slightly later, you may begin to experience the true effects of pregnancy. While feeling your baby move can be exciting, you may also encounter discomforts such as swelling, heartburn, difficulty sleeping, and round ligament pain. While these are common experiences, it’s still worth asking your ob-gyn for advice on how to improve your overall well-being.”