We explain to you how your body develops at 24 weeks of pregnancy and how your baby is growing. Let us help you clarify all your doubts.
At 24 weeks’ pregnancy, your baby is considered viable, meaning you can have an autonomous existence, although you still need specialized help to survive outside the womb. The lower limit of fetal viability is at the 20th week (World Health Organization) .
- Age of pregnancy: 24 weeks (6th month of 2nd trimester)
- Fetal age: 22 weeks
- 24 Weeks of pregnancy are 168 days of pregnancy
- Fetal length: 30 cm (measure from head to toe)
- Fetal weight: 540 to 600 g (approximately)
- Size: corncob
Week 24 – 1st day
Her small gymnast weighs up to 480 grams and measures only 25 cm. Her skin is still thin and fragile, but the body is increasingly taking up more space inside the womb. At this stage the baby is developing the taste buds and perhaps you feel like he has a soft spot for sweets !
US scientists at the Monnel Chemical Senses Center have found that the presence of Serca-3 protein on the surface of the cells of the taste buds was related to the acceptance of bitter foods, leading to believe that the taste has a genetic component.
Other studies explore whether the presentation of food during the nine months would influence the child’s taste later. Eating habits, after birth, are likely to be a set of factors, such as genetic, food presentation during pregnancy and early childhood, and cultural factors.
Week 24 – 2nd day
Now that your ear bones have hardened, your baby can hear it and prefers your voice to all other sounds. Read, speak or sing to him daily. If you feel silly when talking to your belly, remember that the more the baby hears your voice, the more familiar you will be when it is born.
The lungs began to produce the surfactant, a substance responsible for ensuring that it can breathe smoothly in the first moments out of the mother’s belly and thus have extra breath to open the scream.
Week 24 – 3rd day
Reddish streaks can appear on your belly, thigh, butt and breasts. Many women also complain of itchy skin. Unfortunately, creams may even relieve the itching, but they can not prevent the appearance of stretch marks. These are typical of this stage of pregnancy and usually become more discrete after childbirth. Does your mother have them? Inheritance is one of the determining factors for the appearance of stretch marks.
Week 24 – 4th day
At the end of the second trimester, it’s a good time to research your delivery , attend classes, talk to other mothers. If you are healthy and your baby too, seek the courage to have your child in the normal way. You may feel a lot of pain, but the cesarean pain comes after giving birth, just when you most need to be well to take care of your child in the first hours of life.
Week 24 – 5th day
A well-attended normal delivery does not cause permanent sequelae in the vaginal region. If there is an injury the doctors recompose the perineum at the same time (region between the vagina and the anus). When the swelling subsides, everything returns to normal.
What exists in vaginal delivery is the same as in caesarean section, it is a loosening of the abdominal muscles during pregnancy, which accompanies the growth of the uterus and can affect the perineum region by increased weight. Practicing physical activities and exercises for the pelvic floor during prenatal care, and also in the postpartum phase, help in recovery.
Week 24 – 6th day
This is the ideal time to take the diabetes test .
It happens when pregnancy hormones prevent insulin from working normally in the body. Insulin is the substance produced by the pancreas that allows cells to feed on glucose (all food converts to glucose after digestion). When there is imbalance of insulin, the glucose does not enter the cells and stays in the blood, crosses the placenta and ends up reaching the baby, who gets too much sugar.
Generally, doctors try to control diabetes through diet, since it is common for postnatal to return to normal. However, in some cases, the pregnant woman may need insulin.
Week 24 – 7th day
If you have no complications in pregnancy, you probably will not have any problems related to physical exertion, such as carrying weight. But common sense is worth it. Carrying weight will probably cause discomfort (as if you did not have enough), so it is best to avoid activity.
It is quite possible that you are bumping into the things around you, and sometimes, mistakenly calculating, that you are going to break through when you actually tighten up more than you expected. Normal! In recent days, her belly has grown and her hips have widened, signals that her body is adapting to accommodate an ever-growing baby and preparing for childbirth.
Tips of Pregnancy
Counting fetal movements
Around 18 – 22 weeks (between the 4th and the 5th month of pregnancy ), most mothers begin to feel the baby’s movements.
Your baby’s movements are an important sign of her well-being and will be instructed to recognize the baby’s sleep and wake cycles, the hours of the day (or night) when she is most active, and the factors that seem to trigger that increase of activity.
You should feel your baby move at least 10 times during the 12-hour period, starting at 9 AM. If you do not feel movement for 12 hours at a time, it may be a sign that your baby is in pain .
It is very important that you talk to your doctor about what to expect with regard to your baby’s movements to be calmer. You should also contact him or her if you stop feeling your baby.
Chloasma or melasma
One of the symptoms of the second trimester of pregnancy is the onset of chloasma. Chloasma, or melasma, refers to the alteration in the pigmentation of the skin and is due to the hormonal changes of the pregnancy that lead to the increase of the melanin production.
You may notice that the skin of the genital area or the nares’ aureole is darker. In addition, dark patches may appear on the skin, especially on the face, armpits, and legs.
These spots may become more evident as the pregnancy progresses but tend to disappear at the end of breastfeeding. To avoid them, use sunscreen daily (even in cold seasons), especially in exposed areas.
Marital relationship in pregnancy
During the second trimester, you may feel a greater interest in your marital life after any disinterest during the first trimester. Many couples are afraid to hurt their baby during intercourse. But it’s not the case. The baby is very well protected in the amniotic sac, in the warmth of your uterus. The main concern is the risk of infections and you should take some precautions.
Talk to your partner about what they feel to find the best way to nurture the relationship and adapt your intimacy to this very special phase. Above all, it is important to maintain closeness as a couple and preserve the emotional stability you so badly need to live your pregnancy peacefully.
- Pregnancy surveillance consultations or prenatal consultations
- 1st Prenatal consultation (to be held before week 11)
- 2nd Prenatal Consultation (to take place between weeks 11-13)
- 3rd Prenatal consultation (to be held between the weeks 20-22)
- 4th Prenatal consultation (to be held on the 24th week)
- 5th Prenatal consultation (to be carried out between weeks 28-32)
- 6th Prenatal consultation (to be held in the 40th week)
- Postpartum consultation or puerperal consultation
During pregnancy, it is not contraindicated to travel by plane, car, train, bus or boat. It is only advisable to ride a motorcycle because of a higher risk of falling and because the position of the bike is not the most favorable for a pregnant woman. However, some means of transport may cause nausea and, in this case, should be avoided.
Anyway, always remember:
- All ships have a doctor.
- If you have to travel by plane, it is advisable to check in well before embarking, each company has its own specific regulations for pregnant women. Travel is usually not allowed from week 36 onwards .
- Always wear a seat belt in your car; it is also mandatory for pregnant women. The most suitable are those that have three attachment points, with the diagonal band passing between the breasts and the abdominal band fixed below the belly. There are specific devices for pregnant women that can be added to the belt for increased belly protection.
Pregnancy Week by week
- 1 Week Pregnant: Early signs of pregnancy
- 2 Weeks Pregnant: Sign, Symptoms, Discharge
- 3 Weeks Pregnant: Sign and Test
- 4 Weeks Pregnant: Ultrasound
- 5 Weeks Pregnant: Belly and Cramping
- 6 Weeks Pregnant: Don’t be afraid of miscarriage
- 7 Weeks Pregnant: Development
- 8 Weeks Pregnant: Bleeding
- 9 Weeks Pregnant: Twins?
- 10 Weeks Pregnant: Fetus
- 11 Weeks Pregnant: Uterus
- 12 Weeks Pregnant: Ultrasound Gender
- 13 Weeks Pregnant: Scan
- 14 Weeks Pregnant: Baby moves
- 15 Weeks Pregnant: Can baby hear in the womb?
- 16 Weeks Pregnant: Baby movement
- 17 Weeks Pregnant: Fetal Development
- 18 Weeks Pregnant: Morphological Ultrasound
- 19 Weeks Pregnant: Weight gain during pregnancy
- 20 Weeks Pregnant: Uterus positions
- 21 Weeks Pregnant: Fetal weight
- 22 Weeks Pregnant: Baby size
- 23 Weeks Pregnant: Fetal movement feel like
- 24 Weeks Pregnant: Position of Baby
- 25 Weeks Pregnant: Sleeping position
- 26 Weeks Pregnant: Food and fruits
- 27 Weeks Pregnant: Trimester
- 28 Weeks Pregnant: Baby position in the womb
- 29 Weeks Pregnant: Symptoms not to ignore
- 30 Weeks Pregnant: Average weight of fetus?
- 31 Weeks Pregnant: How many month i am?
- 32 Weeks Pregnant: How big is baby?
- 33 Weeks Pregnant: Is it safe to deliver?
- 34 Weeks Pregnant: Signs of labor
- 35 Weeks Pregnant: Is how many months?
- 36 Weeks Pregnant: Is it safe to deliver?
- 37 Weeks Pregnant: What are the chances of giving birth?
- 38 Weeks Pregnant: Signs of labor
- 39 Weeks Pregnant: Considered a Term Baby
- 40 Weeks Pregnant: Contractions in Labor