24 Weeks Pregnant | Pregnancy Week By Week
24 WEEKS PREGNANT
At 24 weeks, you’re in your 6th month of pregnancy and nearing the end of the second trimester! Your baby (and your belly!) is continuing to grow at a rapid pace. This is an important week in pregnancy because if you were to go into premature labor, your baby would be considered viable at 24 weeks and would have a great chance of survival. No one wants to have their baby this early but feel comfort in the fact that if something were to go wrong, your baby, while extremely small still, would be able to thrive outside the womb.
At the size of an ear of corn, your baby should measure around 11.8 inches long and should weigh about 1.3 pounds! An average size full-term baby weighs about 7 pounds at birth, which means your baby is going to be packing on the pounds over the next 16 weeks!
PREGNANCY SYMPTOMS WEEK 24
If you thought your symptoms last week were uncomfortable, the symptoms you’ll experience at 24 weeks aren’t much better! No one said pregnancy was easy. There seems to be a lot of “just grin and bear it” during pregnancy. It’s all worth it in the end, though. Right?
So, here are the uncomfortable symptoms you might be experiencing at 24 weeks pregnant:
- Leg cramps. Legs cramps are a common occurrence during pregnancy. They’re usually caused by dehydration, but they can happen just because, too. Drink lots of water to stay hydrated and that might help lessen how often you have to deal with them.
- Swollen feet and ankles. Swelling in your feet and ankles is normal during pregnancy, especially if you’re on your feet for long periods of time. Sit whenever possible and prop up your feet to help reduce the swelling. If the swelling becomes severe or comes on suddenly or you experience swelling in your face or hands, contact your OB right away as these could all be signs of preeclampsia.
- Stretch marks. Ah, yes. The pregnancy symptom that lasts forever. There’s not much you can do to prevent them, but keeping your belly moisturized can help with the itchiness that occurs because your skin is stretching. While the stretch marks won’t ever go away, they will fade over time and become less noticeable.
- Linea nigra. This is what they call the dark line that goes up the middle of your belly. It’s caused by hormones and will go away within a few months after giving birth.
- Backaches. Oh, the backaches! They aren’t going to go away anytime soon, sorry to say! As your uterus continues to enlarge and the baby gets bigger, pressure is put on your spine, which causes your back to ache. It also doesn’t help that the muscles in your back are working overtime to carry around that large belly of yours. Take it easy as much as you can to give your back a little break!
24 WEEKS BABY BUMP
As your baby bump continues to grow, you might find that you’re a bit unsteady on your feet. This is because your center of gravity is thrown off balance by your protruding belly. Try to hold onto something when sitting down and standing up and don’t walk too fast or you could end up stumbling.
By now, your belly button may have poked out. This happens because the pressure from your expanding uterus forces the belly button outward. Don’t worry! Your belly button will go back to normal after you have the baby. Some women’s belly buttons don’t ever poke out, so if yours doesn’t, that’s normal, too!
Those kicks and movements are growing stronger by the day, and if someone else puts their hands on your belly, they can probably feel the movements now too.
At 24 weeks pregnant, you should have gained around 14 to 16 pounds so far, give or take. If you’ve gained more or less than this by a lot, your doctor will mention something to you if he or she has any concerns about your weight.
24 WEEKS PREGNANT ULTRASOUND
If you were to have an ultrasound at 24 weeks pregnant, you’d see your baby bouncing around, twisting, and kicking up a storm – and looking like an actual baby! Baby’s extremities, head, facial features, and body are all completely formed. From this point on, baby just needs to continue growing, chunking up, and those organs – especially the lungs – need to continue to mature so they can function properly once the baby is born.
You might see some hair on your baby’s head, but what color it’ll be has yet to be determined! The baby’s hair has no pigment to it right now, so it’s white, but that will change before too long!
At about 24 weeks pregnant, your doctor will schedule you to do the Glucose Challenge Screening Test. This is one of the most complained about tests that pregnant women have to undergo. The reason is because you’ll have to drink something called Glucola, which is very sweet. Once you’ve sucked down the sweet, sugary liquid, you’ll have to wait around for an hour to have your blood drawn. Your blood will be tested to see if your body was able to process the sugar. If you pass this test, you’re good to go. If you fail this test, you will have to do another glucose test – but this time, it’ll be a 3-hour test.
You’ll drink that sugary sweet liquid again, but this time your blood will be tested to see how your body processes the glucose over the 3-hour period. This test will determine if you have gestational diabetes. If your doctor tells you that you do have gestational diabetes, he’ll go over the steps you need to take for the duration of your pregnancy to keep the gestational diabetes under control. You might even get to have additional ultrasounds, which means more peeks at your baby (Yay!), so they can check on how the baby is doing. Gestational diabetes can cause your baby to be much bigger at full-term than he or she would be normally.
WHAT SHOULD I BE DOING AT 24 WEEKS PREGNANT?
At 24 weeks pregnant, you should be taking every opportunity you can get to rest and relax. Plain and simple. Overdoing it while pregnant can lead to complications you don’t want to endure, such as high blood pressure, which can lead to even more complications. Use these reasons as an excuse to have your significant other pamper you for a while. They’re valid reasons for pampering, aren’t they? *wink*
- Sam C's Editorial Team