Week 24

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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  1. stacey3 12 June 2016

    24 weeks! Wow the weeks seem to be going so fast! Time needs to SLOW down! School is out. I got my garden planted and fenced in. Potatoes are starting to grow! My pole beans are growing, sugar snap peas, corn, cucumbers, oh, and did I mention the weeds!!! I still need to get my tomatoes in the ground and another round of beans and corn this week! I took the girls to a hotel tonight for a swim and stay since it is so dang hot out and I was way past bored with being home. I found an amazing deal, so we went for one day/night. The pool felt amazing. I was a little bummed that I could not sit in the hot tub, but I put my legs in for a while. It was still kind of relaxing. I am so thankful that we were able to do this today! My hubs stayed home and worked on vehicles and went out for dinner with my dad. It seems like every weekend lately, we just sit around while my hubs works on cars and I take care of the kids. It gets old, doing the same thing so often. He didn't want to come with us. His loss, I guess. Anyway, I am laying in the Hotel bed typing this up, thinking about how much of a special treat this was for my girls. They were so happy when they found out what we were doing (I surprised them with it) we don't EVER go to Hotels!

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