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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 - 2.6 hours 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 - 17.7 hours 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 - 20.9 hours 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 - 1 days ago
Yeah, I think at this point he's happy if we have sex at all.

ira456 - 2 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 - 2 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 - 2 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 - 2 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 - 2 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 - 2 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 - 3 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 - 3 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 - 3 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 - 4 days ago
24 Weeks today :)

casanova - 4 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 - 4 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 - 5 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 - 5 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 - 5 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 - 5 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 - 5 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 - 5 days ago
cant wait to see my baby next week!!!!

megalo - 5 days ago
Yay, week 24. We're moving right along ladies.

casanova - 7 days ago
week 24 for me today!!

ira456 - 8 days ago
Week 24 today :-)

mommyinmd - 33 days ago
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amberc88 - 35 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 - 35 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 - 35 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 - 35 days ago
I scheduled my glucose test for Tuesday. Made a baby registry today, getting excited. Still feels like forever away to me!

amberc88 - 36 days ago
im on to week 25 today!!! :)

amberc88 - 37 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 - 37 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 - 37 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

amberc88 - 38 days ago
i have looked up the new hospital on their website and took the virtual tour and i like what i see so far, i do however want to go in person and see it myself and ask any questions i have. KEE-i know im sooo excited for the every other week visits, i think it makes the last part go even faster!!!

smiles884 - 38 days ago
amber-will you get to go and see the hospital before hand? I think that would really help. kee-glad for you that this is your last glucose testing-hoping it goes well! onbabyfour-i too am hoping the gd is negative, but not feeling very sure about it. it is a pain to take the test, then follow through with all the pricking and monitoring! thank goodness it's only for the last few weeks/months of pregnancy and not the WHOLE time!!

kee82 - 38 days ago
My glucose test is set for the 25th so cant wait to get this over with its also a milestone for me dr said this is my last monthly check up, I will start being seen every 2 weeks so excited that lets me know im getting closer to meeting my only daughter oh n last child lol no more 3 is good....

amberc88 - 39 days ago
I have my GB test on April 7th. I honestly don't mind it lol I think it tastes like a melted orange otter pop hahahaa. I am however having a hard time with sweets this pregnancy. They make me sick super fast so I may or may not like the juice this time. I also found out I will b delivering at a different hospital than I originally thought. Never been to this new place but the dr said he loves it there and I will like it soo much better. So that's good I guess.

onbabyfour - 39 days ago
I've only gotten 3 pics with all 4 of my kids. And this time I was disappointed cause I only got one good pic. I got one of the back of her head, a profile of the body and head and one face one which is the only good one. I know the baby moved alot and was kind of hiding but still. Smiles I did have one of those colanders with my first. They are cute. And yes, I had gd with my last. IM really hoping I don't this time. It was such a pain!

smiles884 - 39 days ago
amber-that's probably what it is-they see 'the same thing' every day, so they don't even think about how special and important it is to us..thank goodness they aren't all that way! The baby's first year calendars are blank 13 month calendars that you can fill in with firsts and just little memories and most come with stickers. I just received mine from Can't wait to start using them!! : ) My glucose test is set for the 28th.. not looking forward to it! : ( I hate that drink lol and I know I shouldn't, but i'm already planning for it to be positive as I had GD last pregnancy.. who else here had GD?

amberc88 - 40 days ago
Kee-it sucks when u get the techs like that. It's like I know this personally means nothing to you and you see these all day but for me this is the only few minutes I get to see of my baby with no for sure answer of when the next time I will get to see him will be. I'm not saying the ultrasound needs to be hours long but I would like to have that time to just see him and love him and enjoy the moment.

kee82 - 40 days ago
Amber c I feel u I have a tech lady thats the same way she takes her time to let us see the baby move and squirm and gives us lots of pics one time she gave us like 12 pics than theirs one tech that moves around so much we can barely see the baby and only gives us 2 pics.

kee82 - 40 days ago
Smiles I never heard of the babys first year calendar, but it sounds cool. I have a baby book that does the first 5 years thats it that I got from babies r us.

onbabyfour - 40 days ago
Amber im glad your ultrasound went we'll! it a calendar of development? I've neverSEen one but that would be cool! I've spent the last couple days doing a lot of chores. No fun. Baby hasn't moved as much last couple days but she does seem to move quite a bit at night. Sometimes I feel like wow im already 6 months and others I think man, like 4 months left! Lol

amberc88 - 40 days ago
hey girls, just got back from my dr appt, and ultrasound, all looks well, had a different ultrasound tech, i didnt really care for her much, she is a get in and out type of person. where as the other girl takes her time, shows you everything and makes sure you leave with a million pics lol. but baby looks good. i have my 3D ultrasound on the 31st. than do my glucose test on april 7th! so excited girls it feels like the end is finally in sight!

smiles884 - 40 days ago
Oh, I found some baby's first year calendar's-they are so cute.. have any of you used them before? I had gotten one for my first son, but it was a freebie and not near as cute as the ones I found for the twins.

smiles884 - 40 days ago
It is a bummer that it's so quiet, but at least can keep up with comments now! So week 24+3... so excited!! seems to have gone quickly and oh so slow at times!

kee82 - 41 days ago
Im still kind of here lol its always dead now it was booming when I joined in 2012

amberc88 - 41 days ago
Onbabyfour- I hear ya. I was on here in 2010 and we always had pages I would have to go through to keep up with all the comments from all the girls. They are all on my Facebook now lol. But this time around seems like its just you, smiles and myself. And an occasional new person. Well we can at least chat it up haha

onbabyfour - 41 days ago
Im disappointed that its so quiet on this site. I was here in 08 & 09 and it was hard to keep up with comments. Its nice to share this experience with those going thru the same things.

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