You’ve almost completed the second trimester. The fetus is growing rapidly and will gain an average 4 ounce per week hereafter. As far as you are concerned, you should be gearing up for a series of tests.
At 24 weeks your baby measures 12 inches in length; that’s a foot long. The fetus weighs between 1 ¼ – 1 ½ pounds.
Your baby is not only getting larger but also plumper. As the baby’s body starts filling out gradually it appears more rounded in form.
Her skin has started changing from see-through to opaque. The skin also has fewer wrinkles thanks to the fat padding underneath. You may not be able to see clearly, but the baby’s skin has developed a pink glow. The newly formed (still forming) thin capillaries lend a faint pink glow.
With every week your baby’s movements are getting quicker and stronger. Your health care provider uses these movements to monitor your little one’s health and well being. Hence, you will be asked to keep a note of the frequency of these movements. The movements are also important as they support bone strengthening, muscle building and maintain joint flexibility.
Your baby is getting accustomed to a sleeping waking cycle. Hair starts growing on the scalp. This hair is not Lanugo but actual hair. Besides this, her brain is developing and taste buds maturing.
Changes to your body
Hang in mama-to-be! There’s not so much good news for you. Most of the pregnancy discomforts begin to set in. These include leg cramps, swollen feet, dizziness, heartburn and backaches. Among the skin changes are darkening stretch marks and linea nigra. The Linea Nigra is the dark line that runs vertically across your stomach via your navel. It will lighten and disappear after your baby’s birth.
Your baby bump is now hard to disguise. The enlarged uterus sits an inch or two above your belly button.
Best Pregnancy Tips for the 24th Week:
- The most important in the 24th week is the glucose screening test or the glucose challenge test. A large majority of women develop gestational diabetes. This test detects gestational diabetes and helps prevent complications associated with it. It can be conducted anytime between the 24th and 28th week of gestation.
- Keeping your legs in an elevated position will help relieve the problem of swollen feet and ankles.
- Leg cramps in pregnancy could also be a sign of dehydration. Therefore, drink plenty of water.
- While it is natural to feel dizzy, faint and famished, excessive dizziness and fatigue is not a good sign. It is in most cases an indication of anemia. Inform your health care provider about it.
- A dip in blood sugar levels can also cause dizziness. Hence eat smaller, frequent meals to maintain stable blood sugar levels. Also go slow when changing positions.
- Watch out for urinary tract infections. If the urge to urinate is frequent, if the amount of urine passed is very small, if you experience a burning sensation when urinating, have a fever or abdominal and back ache, you should check for urinary tract infection.
- Other things you could do are catch up with home improvement projects. Spend time shopping for nursery accessories.