What To Expect When You Are 24 Weeks Pregnant

You are six months pregnant when you start week 24 of your pregnancy. Your baby is now about 9 inches long and weighs approximately 600 grams. The baby will continue to gain in weight and organ development will occur as well. The circulatory, digestive, nervous and circulatory systems start maturing and the baby’s lungs also start to grow branches which will help him/her breathe after birth. Your baby’s cerebral cortex in the brain is developing this week. The vernix (a thick cheesy like coating on the baby’s skin) begins to form at this time. The baby’s sweat glands also appear now. The baby will continue to kick strongly but will...

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...not be swimming around in your uterus as freely as before. The baby’s movements will be quite rhythmic from now onwards

24 Weeks Pregnant Weight Gain

It is very easy to gain weight in the pregnancy second trimester. This is due to metabolic changes that are taking place. Weight gain also depends on height, body type and pre-pregnancy weight. Eating right and gaining the correct amount of weight is important in any pregnancy but more so when you are expecting more than one baby. Weight gain in such cases is especially important between 20-24 weeks of pregnancy. This is because multiple pregnancies are at a higher risk for pre term labor and low weight babies. Adequate weight gain will reduce the chance of pre term labor in these cases. It is best to check with your doctor about your specific weight gain. Your 24 weeks pregnant weight gain may be taking its toll on your body by now. The backaches, sore feet, fatigue and bladder problems you may experience at this stage can be put down to the 24 weeks pregnant weight gain that you are carrying around. Your 24 weeks pregnancy weight gain is already about 15 pounds. You may begin to start gaining a great deal of weight from now on. Remember to eat healthy food. Your appetite will now start increasing and there will be certain changes in your metabolism as well. All this will make it easier for you to put on weight at this time. If you are not happy with your 24 weeks pregnant weight gain, check with your doctor. If he feels you need to put on more weight, he will recommend a good diet. Be sure to eat sensibly. You need about 2500 calories a day when you are pregnant. Do not be anxious about the amount of weight you are gaining or have gained by this stage. You are meant to put on weight in your pregnancy. Your body is growing and changing to accommodate your baby and to give him/her the best start in life. Do not try to diet if you think your 24 weeks pregnant weight gain is excessive. Every woman puts on weight differently and you will be able to lose this excessive weight once your pregnancy is over. Dieting puts both you and the baby at risk of problems. At 24 weeks, your baby should weigh about 1 ½ pounds.

Pregnancy Week 24 Ultrasound

An ultrasound can be performed in the 24th week to assess the baby’s condition, particularly when there are complications which are otherwise not apparent. For e.g. problems with the baby’s growth, abnormalities in the placenta or in the amniotic fluid. Specific ultrasounds might include a Fetal Anomaly which examines the brain, spine, face, heart, lungs, kidneys, limbs, liver, stomach and bowels; Cervical Assessment scans( helpful for women who have a weak cervix) and also for gender determination. The 3D and 4 D ultrasounds are also done at this time and these give you an even clearer picture of the baby. The number of ultrasounds you will have during your pregnancy depends on your health, the baby’s health and of course, if your doctor thinks more than the usual number are required. Ultrasounds are generally done in the early stages of pregnancy. This is around 6-10 weeks to check if the baby is growing well or to estimate the delivery date. Another ultrasound may be done at around 20 weeks. A 24 weeks pregnant ultrasound is not very common but could be carried out if your doctor feels that all is not well with your baby or you. There could be certain symptoms you might experience which may lead the doctor to recommend a 24 weeks ultrasound. A 24 weeks ultrasound may be carried out to if there are complications. A 24 weeks pregnancy ultrasound will be done to assess the baby’s condition. A 24 weeks ultrasound will show if there are any abnormalities in the placenta, in the baby’s growth or any abnormalities in the amniotic fluid (the fluid surrounding the baby).

A 24 weeks 3D ultrasound will provide you with a 3D dimensional image of your baby. It is used to detect the health of the fetus and its development inside the womb. The best time to perform a 3D ultrasound is around 27-34 weeks of pregnancy. Such an ultrasound can detect physical malformation, fetal abnormalities, show and detect the amount of amniotic fluid, determine the cause for irregular bleeding, placental placement and determine the breathing pattern of the baby. A 3D ultrasound will also help you to bond more with your baby. You may be able to see your baby yawning, sucking his thumb or kicking. It is the first virtual meeting with your baby.

Pregnancy Week 24 Symptoms

Symptoms you may experience in the 24th week include:

  • Constipation: This is one of the most common 24 weeks pregnant symptoms. Constipation during pregnancy occurs due to fluctuations in pregnancy hormones. Increase your fiber intake as well as your intake of fruits and vegetables to deal with this. Drink plenty of water too.
  • Red itchy palms: This is one of the more unusual symptoms of pregnancy. You might notice that your palms become red and itchy. This redness may spread to the soles of your feet as well. There is no solution for the redness. It will disappear after delivery.
  • Leg cramps: Leg cramps may start occurring from the 24th week of pregnancy onwards. The best remedy for this is to try straightening your leg and flexing your ankle and toes upwards.
  • Heartburn: This is also a part of the list of 24 weeks pregnant signs. Reduce heartburn by eating small meals throughout the day. Also avoid snacking late at night. Do not however skip healthy snacks and meals throughout the day.
  • Round ligament pain: This occurs as your uterus grows bigger and the ligaments keep stretching to accommodate the baby.
  • Hemorrhoids and piles: When you are 24 weeks pregnant, symptoms like hemorrhoids and piles may cause unnecessary discomfort. These occur around and in the anal canal due to the excessive pressure on the rectum and pelvic areas due to constipation.
  • Braxton Hicks contractions: You might feel a tightening of your uterus or abdomen periodically. This tightening is known as Braxton Hicks contractions which you now feel because your uterus is full.

Other 24 week pregnancy symptoms include breast changes, frequent urination, indigestion, backache. Your uterus has now risen above your belly button and is about the size of a soccer ball. You might also notice some vision changes at this time, which is normal as well. Mild swelling of ankles and feet occur as well. Try elevating your legs when you are sitting as this helps to prevent the swelling of the ankles. The above are only some of the 24 weeks pregnancy symptoms and this will differ from one woman to the next as well as one pregnancy to the next.

At 24 weeks, your baby is now 8 ½ inches long and weighs about 1 ½ pounds. His/her face is almost completely formed with eyelashes, eyebrows and hair. Your baby’s body is filling out proportionately. The taste buds are beginning to develop and the brain is also developing rapidly. The main lungs are developing branches as well as special cells to produce surfactant which is needed to inflate the air sacs. Your baby starts practicing breathing by inhaling the amniotic fluid in the developing lungs. Your little one’s ears are getting sharper and your child can hear loud sounds in your environment.

24 Weeks Pregnant Bleeding

Bleeding is always a little unnerving during a pregnancy. If you are 24 weeks pregnant and bleeding you should contact your doctor immediately. Ante partum or pre partum hemorrhage is the reason for you being 24 weeks pregnant and vaginal bleeding during pregnancy. There can be several reasons as to why you are 24 weeks pregnant and bleeding. One of these is placenta praevia. This is when the placenta is implanted very low down on the wall of the uterus, sometimes just over the cervical canal. Placenta praevia will definitely result in bleeding, probably after the 20 weeks period is over. Another reason for you being 24 weeks pregnant and bleeding is placental abruption. This is when the placenta completely or partially separates from the wall of the uterus. Apart from the heavy bleeding you will experience severe pain as well. Other reasons for you being pregnant at 24 weeks and bleeding during pregnancy include a uterine rupture, dilation of the cervix with bulging membranes, tumors, a cervical infection or an infection of the vulva, or even leakage from the fetal vessels from within the fetal membranes. It is highly unlikely that you are 24 weeks pregnant and implantation bleeding is occurring. Implantation bleeding occurs shortly after the fertilized egg attaches itself to the uterine wall. Complications caused by bleeding at this stage include premature labor, renal tubular necrosis, placental accreta, disseminated intravascular coagulopathy and postpartum hemorrhage. If you think you are suffering from this ante partum hemorrhage, go to the hospital immediately. Some pregnant women try to believe that they are experiencing implantation bleeding but there is no such thing as 24 weeks implantation bleeding. Implantation bleeding only occurs in the early stages of a pregnancy and so when you are 24 weeks pregnant and bleeding, you cannot ignore it.

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