Week 24 of Pregnancy: Baby’s Growing Senses and Maternal Changes

Baby Size at Week 24: At week 24, your baby is approximately the size of a cantaloupe, measuring around 11.8 inches (30 centimeters) from head to heel. The baby’s weight is about 1.3 pounds (600 grams). Your little one continues to grow and develop rapidly.

Changes and State in the Mother’s Body:

  • Your uterus is now about 1.5 to 2 inches (4 to 5 centimeters) above your belly button.
  • You may experience increased backaches and discomfort as your baby grows.
  • The extra weight and pressure on your bladder may result in more frequent trips to the bathroom.
  • Your breasts may continue to grow and become more tender as they prepare for breastfeeding.
  • Some women may notice an increase in vaginal discharge, which is normal during pregnancy.
  • Your skin may become more sensitive, and you may develop stretch marks on your abdomen, breasts, or thighs.

Common Symptoms:

  • Braxton Hicks contractions (practice contractions)
  • Swollen ankles and feet
  • Heartburn and indigestion
  • Leg cramps
  • Fatigue and trouble sleeping

Tips for Week 24:

  1. Stay hydrated and elevate your feet to reduce swelling in your ankles and feet.
  2. Practice good posture and use supportive pillows to alleviate backaches.
  3. Eat smaller, more frequent meals to help with digestion and reduce heartburn.
  4. Stretch your legs and calf muscles regularly to prevent leg cramps.
  5. Invest in comfortable maternity clothes and bras to support your changing body.

FAQs:

  • Can I still exercise during week 24 of pregnancy?
    • It is generally safe to continue exercising during pregnancy, but consult with your healthcare provider to ensure you are choosing appropriate activities and modifications as needed.
  • Why am I experiencing shortness of breath at this stage of pregnancy?
    • As your uterus expands, it can put pressure on your diaphragm, making it harder to take deep breaths. This is normal, but if you have severe or persistent shortness of breath, consult your doctor.
  • Is it normal to have trouble sleeping during week 24 of pregnancy?
    • Yes, pregnancy hormones, discomfort, and frequent bathroom trips can disrupt sleep. Establish a relaxing bedtime routine and try using pregnancy pillows to find a more comfortable sleeping position.

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