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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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Lunamamasita - 18 days ago
WooHoo! I'm finally 24 weeks! I am super excited but I get a lot of nervous times to, she's my very first pregnancy so I get scared or sad when I think of how much I will have to figure out! I hope i'll be a good mama and the daddy can handle the finances and his two ladies well! If anyone has any tips or comments for me who has more experience i'd love your input, and I need friends on this site so don't leave me alone! :)

daffymtz22 - 31 days ago
Hello week 24! Good to see somoeone else on here besides me. Hope you're doing well. - 34 days ago
Thank goodness for week 24!!!! Getting closer now!

monkeymomma - 59 days ago
Hello 24 weeks! 3 months left...eeeekkkkk!

TaraR - 73 days ago
Hello ladies!! Hope you all are feeling well! I absolutely love being pregnant but I feel so uncomfortable....which may be because it's so hot here. I normally love hot weather but it's not too great with this belly! LOL I have an appointment tomorrow to check this sweet boy. :) Hope everyone has a great week!!

PaulaSoon2B8 - 74 days ago
OH I can only imagine MZDALLAS...these are the days I am thankful to be in the great white north...:) Ontario gets humidity, probably one of the worst provinces for it in Canada...but I am sure it doesn't compare to down there. ANd thank goodness with the shortness of breath I've been having...Id have to hibernate if it got too hot. Needless to say we are still in July and August to make it through...hang int here everyone!!

mzdallas06 - 75 days ago
Paula That is wonderful! Congratulations on your great news! I hope all of you ladies are feeing great! I'm in Houston so the humidity is really sickening, it seriously feels like you're suffocating when you step outside - and it's only June :(

TaraR - 77 days ago
Great news Paula!!!! That is so exciting!!!!!!! We are just moving along! 24 weeks!! Wow!!!!

PaulaSoon2B8 - 77 days ago
I Was so excited to see my OB and is team yesterday!! WHen I walked in they all laughed and smiled told me Id been the talk around the office...'Paula's coming back'...for # 8 :) Everything went well, strong heart beat, measuring big....but being #8 that's no surprise. He did tell me I am considered a high risk delivery...but not pregnancy. BEing number 8, I am at risk for a rapid birth which can cause traumatic bleeding during/ last lil guy was induced at 38 weeks and was 9.3 he told me that we will do something similar with Leyla...this way he will be there for delivery:) That makes me feel so relieved!! So looks like we will be meeting our little princess end of September or very beginning of October :) Can't wait!!!

Kekea - 90 days ago
Hello week 24...#

beckym - 102 days ago
That sounds awesome Texas mama

texasmamaof5 - 102 days ago
I encapsulated my own placenta my last pregnancy. It was actually really simple and not as gross as you would think. As its dehydrating slowly in the oven the smell compared to slightly burnt scrambled eggs. I bought capsules off amazon, an encapsulator and used my mini cusinart to process the pieces into powder once they were totally dried out. I did leave my placenta in the freezer and waited until I was up for the task before I tried.

beckym - 104 days ago
Oh darn

jamie86 - 104 days ago
That website only list one person and they are 2 hours away. :( I was super moody yesterday, it's no fun feeling like that.

beckym - 104 days ago
My mood swings have been so erratic, I have been trying to rest and hermit for a little while so I don't lose it on the people I care about so snappy am I today!

beckym - 105 days ago This website is supposed to be able to find encapsulating places all over the world, hopefully it helps

jamie86 - 105 days ago
I looked around last year and couldn't find any. Usually doulas will do it but there aren't any around here that I could find either. Will have to look again and see what the cost is. As of right now I plan to go back on antidepressants because I suffer from anxiety already but it gets so much worse once baby is born.

beckym - 105 days ago
If you have your heart set on it, Google it for your area, there is probably one that does it. ☺

jamie86 - 105 days ago
I still couldn't do it! I wish so badly I knew someone around here that would encapsulate mine for me.

beckym - 106 days ago
I just had my obgyn appt, they gave me the green light to take the placenta home, jamie, I read online that a food critic said it tastes like tender beef. I hope they are right!

jamie86 - 106 days ago
Yeah I couldn't do that lol. Taking it in a pill I could.

beckym - 106 days ago
I saw videos of people cooking it with vegetables, maybe get some zip lock bags and wash it well, cut it into 8ths, and freeze separately in zip lock bags, then it is portioned out, spice and cook with mushrooms, onions and garlic, should be good, and then could have as a pick me up when feeling down.

jamie86 - 107 days ago
Becky I would love to have my placenta encapsulated. I wouldn't be able to do it myself though. There are so many benefits from it.

beckym - 108 days ago
I have been seriously considering doing something strange this labor and delivery. I have heard a lot of women take their placenta home either in capsule form or in a Tupperware container with ice in a cooler, and when eaten, it is very good for both mommy and baby, full of nutrients, and helps stabilize mommy's mood to avoid post partum depression naturally. I started speaking to the hospital about this, they said the doctor will have a waiver to fill out for this. Has anyone else thought about doing this or done it in the past?

beckym - 108 days ago
16 more weeks to go! As I write this my tablet is being kicked by our baby, hehe!

beckym - 109 days ago
24 weeks!

mrscephas - 114 days ago
How's everybody? I'm not too bad. I'm taking a couple of weeks off work to learn to control my blood sugars. I'm testing before and after meals then I'll return to clinic next week. As for the pelvic pain, I'm wearing my support belt when I go out. All the best to everyone.

mrscephas - 120 days ago
Hiya 24 weeks! Just got the result for my GTT yesterday and the sugar was slightly high so they need to see me for gestational diabetes follow up next week. Praying it's just a borderline result and I can carry on with a few dietary changes. I can't imagine bring on insulin injections or anything like that.

maimai88 - 134 days ago
24 weeks today! How is everyone doing? Charcharsuperstar, are you still on bedrest?

charcharsuperstar - 136 days ago
Anyone here? I love that baby pic doing the macarena!

jesswithtwins - 155 days ago
Are any other mommy's on here experiencing major spamming going on to your profile? I've tried reporting it and the person but seems like the administration is never actually on the website - 155 days ago
Thankfully the stomach bug didn't last too long....over a period of 48 hours everyone was all better. How's everything going on with you Flybear?

flybear - 155 days ago
24 weeks. 15 more weeks for me. :D

flybear - 157 days ago
We had several stomach bugs go through the house during my first trimester. It was awful. Hope everyone in you household is feeling better soon! - 159 days ago
So the stomach bug is running through my home. It started with my four year old son and now it git me and my oldest daughter. As soon as I feel well enough I'm going to get up and Lysol everything in sight!! - 159 days ago
I can see how prepping for twins can be scary and overwhelming. My sister has twins and she went through the same emotions as you when she was pregnant. After she had the babies she had to adjust but after she settled into a routine her stress level went down. I can remember wanting twins...having kids 14 months a part though is as close as I will get.

jesswithtwins - 160 days ago
Wow can't believe I'm already in my 24th week as exciting as it is and as much as I couldn't wait to get here I think I need this pregnancy to slow down now I getting a little overwhelmed and nervous about how much our world is gonna change with 2 babies coming into our home so soon one baby never felt so scary as I feel right now knowing we are about to have 2 at one time

liltyke7 - 162 days ago
WOOOHOOO Week 24!! Baby boy is really moving now! love feeling him. - 163 days ago
24 weeks today =)

loralb - 179 days ago
Hooray 24 weeks! Just a few weeks until the exciting 3rd trimester. Well, besides potty training my boy, I am not doing much to prepare for baby yet. Gimme a month though, then I'll go crazy and be way over prepared like always. Also tired of fighting about what to name her. My hubby and I can't decide on anything!

KristinaA - 233 days ago
Even with my first pregnancy, I didn't even start w/ the nursery until the last trimester. Same now. We still don't even know where we're going to put this baby, and I already got rid of my bassinnet, baby bath tub, bottles, 0-6 month clothes, infant car seats, etc. I have gotten 2 infant car seats from a friend of mine, so I'm good there, but woefully behind on everything else.

mamaford77 - 237 days ago
Honestly, I can't even wrap my mind around the nursery. I have all the big ticket items for Simon (carseat, stroller, co-sleeper, swing, and cloth diapers) but still need to get the smaller things. I'll probably start putting things together once I hit the third trimester.

KristiW - 238 days ago
Is anyone else really excited about getting the nursery together? I can't wait! I also feel really close to this little one already!! With my second baby it took me longer to get here?

KristiW - 238 days ago
Mamaford you beat me to the punch I was going to say something about being 6 months! I would have been terrified to have pain like that. So glad to hear you are ok! Dialated already, you better take it easy!

mamaford77 - 238 days ago
We made it to 24 weeks! I had a big scare the other day with lots of contractions and pain, but it was from kidney stones. Everything has settled down now, but I did learn that I am already dilated to about 1 1/2 cm.

sher-baby - 255 days ago
Decbaby- at the moment I don't feel rib shots too often but if I'm sitting up straight for an extended length of time, I deff feel them in my ribs. But when I'm home, I usually recline my chair and I don't feel the rib shots, but it also takes the pressure off my lower back; that is just killing 80% of the day!!!! My ribs are super sore today too, so baby was deff giving me some good shots yesterday! My DH had his hand on my belly last night while we were relaxing watching football and I got some strong kicks and DH was like 'oh!!....babe, are you ok!?!?!'....'damn! Did that hurt?!?' was pretty funny, like '....ya!!! This is a normal day....getting the sh*** kicked outta me! Lol! But it's all good signs so I can't complain! Baby is getting bigger and strong, just like he should be. Babylove- I'm glad ur son is doing better!! Sunshine baby- that's my biggest fear so far about delivery!!! Tearing again or getting cut! ...ugh! I just wanna stretch nicely and bounce right back! ;-) (lol....don't we all!! Lol) but ladies..incase ur not on very much over the next few days, I hope you and your families have a great holiday!!

sher-baby - 255 days ago
I think no matter how many children a woman has, there will always be a bit of fear; for a number of different reasons!! This is baby #2 for me and as much as I'm not too nervous about the delivery (for now!!), I'm worried and nervous about being able to provide for 2 babies. I lost my job the week after I got my bfp and have only been working odd temp. jobs ever since. I try to stay optimistic and just keep in mind 'things will work out..' But sometimes I'm like ' are we going to do this!!!!!!'

babylove5 - 255 days ago
It's 230 am.....why am I up. Christmas is kicking my butt!!! I have been running like crazy, between Christmas parties for the kids and programs I am exhausted. Today hit me like a freight train, after 3 days of non stop I passed out at 6 pm. I couldn't even get to the grocery store because I am tired!!! I miss my energy burst that was here. I feel like I'm in third tri right now. I'm 25 weeks and I need to slow down! The baby is feeling great! He is super active because I'm resting. If I'm walking he goes to sleep. As soon as I sit he wakes up! He is kicking really high too. He is staying in the middle, I am so glad because I hate the rib kicks. He is back to head down and seems more comfortable! He is trying so hard to find a good spot. Is everybody cooking for family? Any ideas on easy appetizers? I'm doing pigs in a blanket, pies, and cheese far. My family is coming to my house because my mother doesn't cook!!! Ugh I don't want to cook either! My son is better though the Scarlett fever is gone!!! Yay

sunshinebaby8 - 255 days ago
Dec Baby... all my babies were VERY VERY VERY Fast labors/and deliveries. I think my longest was 2 hours. beginning to end. NO JOKE!! I almost delivered two of my kids in the Easy deliveries. Recovery with one was not so great.. I had an episiotomy.. it was PAINFUL and will NEVER have another one again. All vaginal births. I am TERRIFIED of a c section. I had a midwife for three of my kids and LOVED HIM!! Unfortunately he moved.. so I'm back to an ob. I hate it. but this is going to be my last baby, so I am going to make the most out of everything :) I am hoping for another fast delivery because if I had to labor for HOURS.. I would not have more than one

Dec Baby - 255 days ago
haha...wait till you girlies hit 28 weeks, then you're really going to get some rib action;) Well, I'm kinda writing posts to myself in my I keep popping back to see how you girls are going! I'm starting to think about the birth and even after delivering 8 babies, it still makes me nervous:S have your births been...easy or difficult? Nice to see another here with a big family:))

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