How big is my baby at 24 weeks pregnant?

(May 27, 2011)

At week 24 you are on the verge of completing your second trimester. As you prepare to enter your third and final stage of pregnancy, you are probably wondering what is happening with your baby at this time. Mothers are constantly eager to know about the changes taking place inside the womb. Considerable modifications will continue to take place in your baby’s development and your own body will also undergo some changes.

The weight of your baby at 24 weeks pregnant will be approximately a pound or more. If you’re wondering, how big is my baby at 24 weeks pregnant, all you have to do is simply imagine a tiny, but almost perfect human being. Your baby will continue to gain weight over the next few weeks and this weight gain will consist of both fat and muscle mass. The length of the baby will be about 8 to 10 inches. His lungs will also start developing fully. In order to exercise his lungs he will start inhaling amniotic fluid. This will enable him to breathe properly after he is born. There will be hair growth on the scalp, eyelids and the eyelashes will also form. Your baby at 24 weeks pregnant will experience significant development in the central nervous system. The lungs also develop further. At week 24, the amniotic fluid increases in volume and this will continue until delivery. Babies tend to swallow some amount of amniotic fluid during pregnancy, but this is normal and even helps the baby practice breathing.

The size of your baby at 24 weeks pregnant is increasing and because of this your uterus will continue to enlarge. The top of the uterus will just about reach your belly button. In order to maintain healthy weight gain, it is important to follow a nutritious diet. You may notice the appearance of stretch marks on the abdomen, breasts and hip area. Between weeks 24 and 28, a glucose screening test is usually administered. This is a prenatal test which helps to test for gestational diabetes. This is a form of diabetes which develops during pregnancy. It can result in low blood sugar levels in newborn babies and can also lead to hormonal growth in babies. You may continue to experience heartburn during week 24 and this can be alleviated by eating smaller frequent meals in the day. The increasing weight gain may exert pressure on the back and legs. Adequate rest is necessary.

Submitted by N on May 27, 2011 at 06:14

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