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You are 24 weeks pregnant.

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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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bgscoobyluver - 7 hours ago
pleasbehealthy, isnt that fun! My kids love it! My 2yr old loves layin on my belly and tellin the babies to kick her LOL

please be healthy - 1 days ago
My daughter felt the baby kick for the first time! So exciting!

please be healthy - 3 days ago
So sad! It's nice to hear how others are doing. Thanks for lurking!

bgscoobyluver - 3 days ago
I feel the same way about wk 26. I just lurk in other wks LOL

please be healthy - 4 days ago
Is anyone in this week? Hello!

please be healthy - 8 days ago
Slurpees! Yummy!

bgscoobyluver - 8 days ago
tsbusa I still have cravings! This week is peaches and carob.

tsubasa - 9 days ago
So, I have had two sudden intense cravings today: Thai green curry and now Hershey's Kisses. These days my cravings aren't usually as strong compared to first trimester, but it still cracks me up when I get them. The past two days it was a McChicken sandwich (I don't think I actually like those though?! I didn't go get one but it was VERY HARD not to!) Anyone else still get cravings?

bgscoobyluver - 10 days ago
thanks tsbusa, I am preparing for everything. Its not in my hands

tsubasa - 12 days ago
Big Hooray for 24 weeks which I believe is the viability mark where I am! Bgscooby I feel the same way as you- the idea of epidural scares me but I have had two natural births w/o pain meds (one was induced) and I'm totally fine about doing that. I was actually super excited to experience it. Absolutely crazy powerful feeling after giving birth too. I suppose with twins you just really have to give up on the plans and just be willing to go with the flow. Hopefully you trust your doctors that they will be looking out for you and babies and help you make the best choices possible when the time comes. You will do amazing, I'm sure!

bgscoobyluver - 22 days ago
As far as this pregnancy, everything will be dependent on the babies. if they are head down then I can deliver naturally. Oh and if the placenta has moved away from my cervix. I still have to discuss if they will allow natural if baby A is head down and B is not. The doc that left which was my fav doc had said that as long as A is head down and bigger than B than natural would be fine. I hasve never had an epidural so that is one of my concerns if they say i have to have a C-sec. Its weird, Im more concerned about that than surgery. Oh and im one of those weird women that look forward to labor and pains and things. It hurts like crazy but I feel like superwoman during and aft that LOL.

bgscoobyluver - 22 days ago
Funtime WOW! 16 hrs with the 4th. My longest labor was my 1st at 10 1/2 n then the induced two was like mayb 6hrs start to finish which i think is pretty good since i had to spend time get fluids n antiboitics n things first. My third was my quick one, I got to the hospital at 10am and she was born at 11:15am so it was great, and painful and really quick LOL.

funtimemum80 - 22 days ago
P.s I have noticed my back has started to ache this week.... Yours must be on fire?!

funtimemum80 - 22 days ago
Scooby have you and the Drs decided how you will deliver?

funtimemum80 - 22 days ago
Mine is both, I'm not brave I hate the thought of being in pain, my last labour was 16 hours and I couldn't believe that I was in pain for that long, my labours usually last around 4/5 hours previous my 4th baby came within 1.5 hours so 16 hours felt like she was never coming out! With less 'tone' I'm worried my body will have to work harder like last time or baby might get in an awful position and struggle to decend like last time.... Usually if they can see a woman struggling and is having problems dialating they would refer to a dr and after too long they would deliver via c section but the midwifes did not want someone who had delivered naturally so many times previously to then have a section. After I had mixed emotions, I was thankful not to have received a c section but angry that I was left for so long. Fortunately I get to voice my concerns on weds when I see the consultant, I want them to understand not to leave me in pain ( I had no pain relief the whole time) and struggling for that amount of time again

bgscoobyluver - 23 days ago
funtime- i understand. i am trying hard to keep my mind off it bc labor is soooo unknown for me since im havin twins. with my othr ones i just knew my chance of csection were slim n if the baby was breech there is a chance to turn it but with 2 i am completely at a loss! I feel like a 1st time mom who has never experienced child birth n dont kno if they can have a natural birth. Its not the pain that makes me anxious its the unknown:-(

funtimemum80 - 23 days ago
Agree! It's been the earliest I've started to worry, I usually like to forget the fact that they have to come out some how, who ever says it gets easier the more you have are lying! You just know what can go wrong and what is coming!

bgscoobyluver - 27 days ago
funtime- stop thinkin about labor, we have to wait until like 35wks, then we can start freakin out, LOL.

funtimemum80 - 30 days ago
Two things happend today- our son turned 19! And I'm officially in week 24 😊 That's 6 months right?? Last night I had trouble getting to sleep so like any pregnant lady I for the first time in this pregnancy started thinking about labour and birth. I cried. It's going to hurt and I'm a wincy bit worried about how it's going to go. Aussie- do you have to repeat the test??

aussiemumma86 - 31 days ago
Hi ladies! Well i had an early gt test done yesterday and i had a call from my midwife at the hospital today saying it has come back positive.. not to sure whats in stall but i have to see them wednesday and the doctor at the hospital and they will fill me in on whats going to happen. Has anyone else had this and what happened or what did you have to do. I have a high risk because it runs in my family so much

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