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This week your baby's crown-to-rump length is around 8.4 inches and your baby will weigh approximately 1.2 pounds. Although it weighs a little over a pound at this point, your growing baby is still tiny. Your uterus can easily be felt 1.5 to 2 inches above your bellybutton. The fetus does not appear to have much room in the uterus anymore, but as your pregnancy progresses, space gets much tighter!

Because your uterus is expanding and putting a great amount of pressure on your abdomen, you might get stretch marks. Your weight gain may also be taking a toll on your body at this point. Many pregnant women experience backaches, bladder problems, sore feet and fatigue that affect their daily routines. You might also have some nasal stuffiness or nosebleeds.

Your baby's face is basically complete now. The fetus's eyes are close together on the front of his face and they are still shut. Your baby's ears have moved into their final position on the sides of his head. Where they are now is where they will be when your baby is born! Hair will continue to grow on his scalp and his eyelashes are well developed. Most of your baby's features look the same as they will at birth. Because your growing baby is getting plumper, he no longer has room in your tummy to do cartwheels and somersaults.



Now is a good time to ask about prenatal classes being offered in your area. Many local hospitals offer classes for expectant women and their families. You should aim to complete the classes approximately one month before your due date.

You may sometimes get a stitch-like pain in your side from time to time. It's simply the muscles of the uterus stretching.
the unborn child is covered with a fine, downy hair called lanugo. Its tender skin is protected by a waxy substance called vernix. Some of this substance may still be on the child's skin at birth at which time it will be quickly absorbed.

The child practices breathing by inhaling (up to a liter/day) amniotic fluid into developing lungs.



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JDH - 15.3 hours ago
I wouldn't worry about the baby being breech right now. My last boy was for quite a while, I think it was about 32 or 34 weeks that he finally decided to turn. My back pain must just be sore muscles. It is still getting to be worse. I hardly did anything today and it's still very sore and tight. I had an appointment yesterday, and last night started getting a really bad ache on my left side. This morning, I was almost in tears! Thank God the nurse called to tell me I have a UTI! It's never ending with this little girl!! I got my antibiotics, and am feeling a little better tonight already. I'm trying to take it easy, but it's hard with 2 young boys running wild!

ira456 - 21 hours ago
Usually just once for me. If I didn't drink a lot in the evening then I can hold it all night.

casanova - 1 days ago
I have no idea, it must be an old wives tale. is anyone else waking up many times at night to go pee? I kid you not, I think I woke up about 5 times yesterday with a full bladder. it may be the pressure because the sonographer told me that my baby was sitting right on my bladder

Sue23 - 2 days ago
why would crossing legs make a difference i cross mine all the time i was told not to cos of dvts and things but thats it

casanova - 2 days ago
my mother says that I need to stop crossing my legs. so its been hard for me today. trying to keep my legs both flat on the ground. but I will try it as long as she turns around. but its a good thing to hear that she can still turn.

susieq2582 - 2 days ago
Hi Ladies! Casanova, I believe you still have plenty of time for baby to turn. I went to the doctor at 36 weeks 4 days, and my baby was breech. We schedule an ultrasound the following Monday which would have been exactly 37 weeks. My water broke on Sunday, so we went to the hospital. I almost cried when the resident did the ultrasound and told me the baby was head down. I was also wanting to avoid having a c section. They told me to lay on my back on the floor and put my legs on the bed to help encourage the baby to turn, but I never did any of that because he came before I even tried.

Sue23 - 2 days ago
My babys was breech till 37 weeks only this one thats been head down and engagadd thou was told he can come out and turn breach still

ira456 - 2 days ago
I believe she can still turn around at this point.

Sue23 - 2 days ago
JDH can u describe the pain I have pain where my cocxic is but have siatica and spd to which r all different

casanova - 2 days ago
good morning ladies!!! haven't been online for the last 4 days since I was off from work. I was so busy with my mother who is sick and of course preparing for Easter. We had a great Easter holiday, we enjoyed being together as a family and my daughter loved running around in her walker with her 2nd cousins. I went to the doctor yesterday and got to see my baby girl. she is just so perfect and well developed. she is sitting on my bladder and it doesn't look like she has a lot of room in there. does anyone know if she still has time to turn around or is she breeched already? I don't want a C-section so if you all have any old wife remedies to turn her around please let me know.

lila2cute:-) - 2 days ago
Hello ladies :) I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday this past weekend. <3 just so happy to be in week 24... 16 more to go ;) I'm getting a pedicure Saturday afternoon and a message Saturday night :) I can't wait for Saturday :p

vickiessecret - 3 days ago
I started getting Braxton hicks at 17 weeks this time, baby #4 for me..

ira456 - 3 days ago
I was getting a lot of Braxton hicks contractions a couple weeks back but I haven't in awhile. I've never felt them that early before but ive heard with the more pregnancies you've had, the sooner and more powerful you feel them.

JDH - 3 days ago
It's definitely pregnancy related. I never have back problems. The last few days have been better with Easter and then today my oldest is sick with a stomach bug, so I am forced to take it easy. Has anyone else been feeling lots of Braxton hicks? I get pretty strong ones at night. They are mostly only at night and there is no pattern to them or anything. I didn't have any with my first two, so i'm wondering if this will mean I won't have to be induced with this one..? Wishful thinking i'm sure!

ira456 - 4 days ago
I went to a chiropractor with one of my pregnancies and it helped. But it only lasted a day or two and I had to constantly go back. It was costing a fortune so I quit at some point and just suffered the rest of the time.

Sue23 - 5 days ago
JDH all depends whats up weather baby related or due to the work etc u do ..i suffer with siatica and spd and then pain in tail bone with this pregnancy physio only helps while mild ive heard chiropractor can be really good thou

JDH - 5 days ago
My back is KILLING me! At the end of the day, I can hardly move. It started in my lower back but last nightI had some pain in the middle too. i'm wondering if a chiropractor would be able to help or if I am better off with a professional massage..? Last time I tried a chiropractor it didn't seem to make much of a difference. Excited to be in week 24!

Sue23 - 6 days ago
my 5 year olds in bed with us he has the biggest room we thought about changing rooms and putting his bed with ours and cot/moses basket at other side which would fit but weve just decorated the rooms and have no energy to move everything and hed just come into our bed for cuddles anywaay at least we know hes safe thou while next to us

ira456 - 6 days ago
We also have a two year old sleeping in our room. He's in his own bed but its right next to ours. He's too scared to be without us. Im not sure how that will work when new baby arrives. Things might get a little crowded.

megalo - 6 days ago
Yeah, I think at this point he's happy if we have sex at all.

ira456 - 7 days ago
I would have trouble if my hubby wanted me to be all wild in bed. He's satisfied getting it over with quickly so I can go to sleep sort of thing. Pretty much the same position everytime. But at least he gets some. He hasn't complained at all.

Sue23 - 7 days ago
with my first we had sex when we could 2nd i had spd and started to struggle but since 2nd child were hardly intimite due to my illness and no energy and son in our bed we havnt done anything since the day i found out i was pregnant

casanova - 7 days ago
i dont mind having it every night or every other night but he wants it freaky, wild and naughty like it was when we were single. he doesnt understand that im a mother now and im pregnant. its just not the same. this is a battle every evening.

susieq2582 - 7 days ago
Men are so funny with the sex thing. Mine jokes that it isn't Saturday so he won't be getting any. I just try to surprise him every once in a while and make the effort to squeeze something in on a weeknight.

megalo - 7 days ago
Wow, my so and i hardly ever have sex. Between the fatigue and the child in our room, it just doesn't happen all that often.

JDH - 7 days ago
My husband wants to have sex all the time! Luckily he's pretty good about it when I'm not in the mood. We haven't been able to have much sex because of the placenta previa, but thankfully that's gone. He never used to be so understanding when I wouldn't want to have sex though. I had to talk to him about how I find him attractive, it's just that women are different than men and it wasn't fair that he expected it EVERY NIGHT!

ira456 - 8 days ago
Luckily my husband is quite easy going and doesn't offend easily. However, he has said no to me once before and I felt rejected. So I can relate. Luckily that was only once or twice.

casanova - 8 days ago
OK ladies I have a question. My husband seems to want to be intimate every night. I in the contrary have nights I don't want to be intimate. I just want to sleep. I want to rest. So when I tell him not tonight he gets all hurt and says I reject him. Is there anyone else going through this and what are you doing to deal with it?

ira456 - 8 days ago
I get a week off work next week. Im definitely looking forward to that. Ive been so tired lately and unable to take naps. Im hoping I can finally get some much needed rest.

vickiessecret - 9 days ago
24 Weeks today :)

casanova - 9 days ago
my appetite has increased. I enjoy food so much more now. luckily my weight gain has been gradual. how is everyone doing today?? I was suppose to be off today but my boss asked me to come in to assist. I couldn't decline it. he gave me off Friday and Saturday and I already had off sunday and Monday from next week. so I will have a 4 day weekend!!!! plus I get to see my baby on Monday!!

ira456 - 9 days ago
My appetite has really decreased. I started out gaining so fast since I was hungry all the time. But ive slowed down and im kind of staying the same.

ira456 - 10 days ago
I had a really bad day today. Im trying to keep myself together. I can't wait until this day is over!

ira456 - 10 days ago
That makes sense. I remember you telling me about your risk of early labour. It just seemed like nobody is getting just one like me.

casanova - 10 days ago
Ira- over here you usually get an ultra sound at 4-8 weeks to see the heartbeat, then at 16 weeks to determine the sex and then another around 30 weeks. however I have been having more because I am considered high risk. my last pregnancy I had a thin cervix and had the possibility of having my child too early so I was placed on bed rest for the last 2 months. this is why I have more ultrasounds, mostly to check the cervix and the insurance pays for all these appointments. so I guess that is why the doctors are so willing to have me go visit him every 2 weeks and ultrasound every 4 weeks

Sue23 - 10 days ago
ira some hospitals here only get one scan most get 2 unless high risk and need more i have more due to being high risk one being my babys had low birth wieght so need to keep an eye on it which i get scans every 4 weeks and more if needed

ira456 - 10 days ago
We only get one ultrasound per pregnancy over here. But I don't have to pay anything. There's the option to have one at 12 weeks but I said no to that one. You only need more if there's a problem or something. Why is everyone getting more than one? At least it seems like it to me.

casanova - 10 days ago
cant wait to see my baby next week!!!!

megalo - 10 days ago
Yay, week 24. We're moving right along ladies.

casanova - 12 days ago
week 24 for me today!!

ira456 - 13 days ago
Week 24 today :-)

mommyinmd - 38 days ago
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amberc88 - 40 days ago
Yea I agree invites should b out at least 2 weeks in advance. We only had girl clothing from our daughter which I'm giving to my friend who is having a girl. We have only bought a couple onesies for this baby and a new boppy but that is it. I have my medela breast pump still from when I had my daughter. But we have a lot we need to get. I haven't bought his crib yet and think I'm gonna do that sometime next month. I have a few things here I need to get organized so I can know for sure what we still need to get for him and than start actually putting his things away.

onbabyfour - 40 days ago
It is getting pretty close. Id just ask her if she mailed invites yet or if she needs help with invites. I think they should be mailed 2 weeks in advance to give enough time. Since this is my 4th I don't think I need one. My mom wants to do one and I literally gave everything I had away a long time ago. But we did go shopping after I had my ultrasound and my mom bought almost everything I need. I bought a crib a long time ago cause it was on clearance. So I really only need a swing and a few clothing items. The dads family lives out of state so I made one in case his mom wants to but anything but im doubting she will. I put a swing high chair walker dresser jumper and clothes on there. The father and I split up so for his portion I asked him to buy my breast pump which is $300 and I put that on there as we'll. I did mine at babiesrus and almost all their clothes are at half off prices.

amberc88 - 40 days ago
Onbabyfour- I think I'm gonna do my registry the first weekend of April. My mother in law is so set on this baby shower, but had yet to even get the wheels moving in it. I am such an OCD personality I like schedule and having things done or thought out so it had honestly driven me crazy that she still says she is doing it but has yet to do anything. Ughh maybe I'm just putting too much thought into this and should back off.

onbabyfour - 40 days ago
I scheduled my glucose test for Tuesday. Made a baby registry today, getting excited. Still feels like forever away to me!

amberc88 - 41 days ago
im on to week 25 today!!! :)

amberc88 - 42 days ago
smiles-im not suprised ur already more uncomfortable with 2 babies movin around. I love the movement im getting, nothing painful, the only time its a lil uncomfortable is when it feel like the most crazy weird squirming movement deep in my pelvis on top of my cervix, i cant even explain it, but to me its the only thing that sometimes will make me even feel a lil sick, or like im gonna pee my pants lol

smiles884 - 42 days ago
Duffy-I was really enjoying the movement s and it is reassuring! BUT it's actually starting to hurt and be uncomfortable.. this never happened my last pregnancy, or at least I don't remember it being this uncomfortable! lol not sure when I get to start being seen every two weeks, but almost can't believe we're getting to that point?! wow!

Duffy - 42 days ago
I must say that I am enjoying the movement I am feeling. It is always reassuring! I also love that my nearly 4 yr old enjoys talking to his sister, he so much more aware of everything this time around



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  1. GreenEyes84 - 08 Aug 2014
  2. Lila2cute:-) - 08 Aug 2014
  3. 07babe - 09 Aug 2014
  4. excitedmummy - 09 Aug 2014
  5. JDH - 09 Aug 2014
  6. sukhdeep - 10 Aug 2014
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