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24 Weeks Pregnant

Your Pregnancy Week by Week

*Counting from the first day of your last menstrual period

Your Baby at 24 Weeks

Your baby is the length of an ear of corn at 24 weeks pregnant - Pregnancy Week By Week Size: 11.81 inches (30 cm) - crown to heel
Weight: 1.32 pound (600 grams)

While your baby has packed on about a quarter of a pound since last week, she's still long and lean - looking closer in size to an ear of corn than the little butterball you have pictured, coming weeks will allow your baby to pack on the pounds. He or she is beginning to lose their transparent skin as fat deposits are made.

Your baby's brain and lungs are starting to develop more fully, and taste buds are continuing to develop. Lung tissue is creating branches and developing the intricate structure that will allow baby to breathe. Also developing are special cells responsible for secreting surfactant - a substance necessary for flexibility of lung tissue and will be essential for breathing easy on his own.

Gaining weight at a rate of 6 ounces per week now, your baby has a well-defined face complete with eyelashes and eyebrows as well as a sense of hearing that is growing more finely-tuned by the day.

Mom at 24 Weeks Pregnant

Mom at 24 weeks pregnant - Pregnancy Week By Week Blurry vision is a common complaint of many expectant moms. And of course you guessed it, hormones can lead to dry eyes during pregnancy so you may need to consider drops or wearing your glasses more for the next few months to help ease any discomfort.

Every woman dreads stretch marks, but for some women they may be a very real problem. While some women may only have a select few, others may be left with these scars from the knees to the breasts and back. Many advertisements claim to prevent these unsightly lines, but research shows that stretch marks are more hereditary than anything else - so you can moisturize till the cows come home, but don't expect it to make a dramatic difference in the end result. As your belly continues to grow, you may begin to have your first few appear if they haven't already.

You will be asked to take a glucose tolerance test (GTT) sometime between your 24th and 28th week of pregnancy. This screening test can help detect your risk for gestational diabetes. If you are diagnosed with the condition, it can be controlled either by diet and exercise or with added medication injections, and will disappear after the baby is born.

Some symptoms of gestational diabetes include fatigue, nausea, excessive thirst and frequent urination. Only a small percentage of moms to be will have gestational diabetes - between 2 % to 5%. Uncontrolled gestational diabetes can cause both delivery and transition difficulties for mom and baby and should be taken very seriously.

Common Symptoms:
Braxton-Hicks contractions may start around this time as your body begins practicing for the big event. These irregular, painless contractions will occur more frequently as your pregnancy progresses and will not result in true labor, even though it may feel like it sometimes. That said, if you feel that you are contracting regularly, leaking fluid, bleeding, or the contractions are becoming painful, contact your doctor as soon as possible to rule out pre-term labor.

As with the weeks before, you have been able to say goodbye to most of the nausea and vomiting from early on, but this week may bring on more swelling in your feet and legs at the end of the day, as well as continued heartburn, and darkening and enlarging nipples. This week is going ot be one of your best as energy levels run higher.

Make a to-do list. While it's still a bit early for full-blown nesting to begin, it's never too late to think about tackling a few of those projects you have been putting off. Ask your physician before you take on any tasks that might expose you and your baby to chemicals or fumes. Paint is one of the most common and is generally considered safe, but consult your doctor first.

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** Note: Every baby develops at a different rate. The numbers provided are averages based on a "typical" pregnancy. Your baby's size and weight may vary significantly. Your healthcare provider is the best person to interpret information on your baby's size, weight, health and development during your ultrasounds and pregnancy.

Community Comments (15)

Comment from avereemorgan1119 » Posted Jul. 25, 2012 1:55pm
I thought time was going to go by soooo slowly. And I guess it sort of did for the first maybe 18-20 weeks. Then all of a sudden it just started to speed up and now I'm like "SLOW DOWN!" Can't wait to meet my baby girl though!!!!

Comment from kate83 » Posted Jul. 9, 2012 4:06pm
cant wait to meet my baby, its funny, I sit here thinking how this pregnancy is taking forever, then i reach a mile stone like 6 months and BAM, OMG lol Its getting closer lol

Comment from 1timemommabear » Posted Mar. 24, 2012 10:13am
I never in a million years ever thought i would be here at my 6 month mark getting ready to be someones mother. I am beyond excited!!! :D

Comment from *blessing* » Posted Jan. 22, 2012 4:10pm
so excited! time has really flown by :)p

Comment from 2Beemee » Posted Dec. 7, 2011 1:30am
24 weeks!! 6 months already!! Its great to know my baby can now survive outside the womb on its own! But am praying it stays put till my DD. Tho its a comforting feeling to know it gets a little stronger everyday!! I LOVE MY BABY!!!

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