Week 24 of Pregnancy

Week 24 of PregnancyDuring your week 24 of pregnancy, continuous body changes and adjustments will take place. However, as long as you are aware of what to expect and on how to deal with pregnancy related predicaments properly, there is nothing to worry about your pregnancy.

At 24 weeks, your baby will start to become well-proportioned, weighing a little over one pound and almost a foot long. He is steadily accumulating fat while his muscles and bones continue to develop. In addition, during week 24 of pregnancy, the baby inside you will have developed fingerprints and footprints. His taste buds, brains, and fingernails go on growing. His eyes have taken form and the air sacs in the lungs start to develop, along with the branching veins initiating the respiratory tree. At this stage, he will gradually take on a plumper shape. At 24 weeks, your baby?s hearing also becomes sharper, able to hear the soft and loud sounds that surround you.

As your baby continues to gain weight, so will you. As you gain weight, your belly continues to expand. Thus, it will be a bit more difficult for you to bend over and pick up things from the floor in week 24 of pregnancy. Your baby?s growth will cause your skin to be stretched which will cause your body to itch.

You may also notice that your pregnancy by week 24 will have resulted in the appearance of stretch marks on your breasts, belly, and thighs (if they have not done so before). It?s important to keep in mind that there is no sure fire way to get rid of stretch marks, no matter what advertisements say. The best that you can do is to apply some moisturizing cream or lotion on the affected areas and hope that the discoloration will lessen.

While you are in your week 24 of pregnancy, it is important for you to also remember the fact that it is not healthy to try to lose some weight even if you feel you are gaining a bit more than usual. Instead, try to maintain a healthy weight gain by focusing on eating healthy foods. In addition, make sure that you perform your prenatal exercises religiously and do not forget to drink lots of water while you are exercising.

You will experience a number of symptoms of pregnancy by week 24. Most likely, these symptoms will include constipation, sporadic headaches, lower abdominal and back pains, leg cramps, and the slight swelling of your ankles and feet. You may also notice additional pregnancy symptoms at this stage of your pregnancy. For example, you may observe that your eyesight is not as good as before you got pregnant. Pregnancy hormones may cause insufficient production of tears and excessive liquid buildup in the eye. This will change the quality of your eyesight temporarily. Take note that this is temporary. Thus, there is no need for you to rush to your eye doctor and ask for a new pair of prescription eyewear when you are in week 24 of pregnancy.

During week 24 of pregnancy, you may also start to feel some tingling and numbing sensation in your wrist. This is referred to as Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. This pregnancy symptom is mostly felt by mothers who spend a lot of time using the computer. When this happens, try to identify which activities trigger or worsen the numbness and find ways to avoid or lessen such activities. For those who work on a computer a lot, something as simple as adjusting the height of their seat, so their wrists are not bent downward as they type, seem to do the job. Others practice yoga to strengthen their hand in order to alleviate the pain.

This week is a good time to undergo a confirmation test for preterm labor. Research shows that the average length of a woman’s cervix is about 35 mm in her week 24 of pregnancy. If it is shorter than 22 mm, there is a 20% chance of preterm labor. If it is shorter than 15mm, the chance increases to 50%.

Also, have your glucose screening test like most mothers-to-be do so during this stage. This test is helpful in predicting difficulty in vaginal delivery. Too much glucose in the mom?s body will result in excessive weight and an increase in the size of the baby. The baby may grow too big for vaginal delivery. Moms who dutifully monitor their glucose levels from week 24 of pregnancy onwards will have a higher chance of safe vaginal delivery.

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