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24 Weeks Pregnant
April 6, 2021

24 Weeks Pregnant

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24 Weeks Pregnant

How Big is Your Baby at 24 Weeks?

Your baby is 11.8 inches long and weighs 1.3 pounds this week. That’s about the size of Potato Head.

Here’s what to know when you’re 24 weeks pregnant:

Your Baby’s Development at 24 Weeks

Lots of interesting parts are developing—and continuing to develop—like bone marrow to help make blood cells and things to help with balance. Find out more about what’s happening with your baby this week.

  • Lung development: This week your baby is developing a protein that you’ve probably never heard of: surfactant. This fatty substance helps us breathe by making it easier to open the air sacs in our lungs. Your baby will keep developing more of it until about 35 weeks. (Preemie babies are often given extra artificial surfactant to help them breathe. Science is cool.)
  • Nostrils: Their little nostrils are opening too. Time to practice breathing amniotic fluid through them.
  • Inner ear: Your baby is developing their vestibular system. (A mouthful, we know!) This tiny system in our inner ear helps us maintain our balance, so your baby can now tell if they’re right side up or upside down.

What Does Your Baby Look Like?

Your baby’s working on getting cuter. Their skin is still thin and see-through, but it’ll gradually start to get more opaque. Their hair and lashes are still white due to lack of pigment. As the weeks go on, their body is becoming more and more proportional, and some baby fat will soon appear, which will help with the whole see-through thing.

Fun Fact

Babies don’t have kneecaps when they are born. They are first made of cartilage and don’t fully harden until about three years old.

24 Weeks Pregnant Ultrasound


Your Body: Pregnancy Symptoms at 24 Weeks

You have a big test coming up soon, so you’ll want to prep for that (stock up on reading and/or podcast material now!). Also on your mind? Managing some new aches and pains. Find out more about this week.

  • Red or tender gums: Pregnancy hormones make your gums more sensitive, so it’s really important to brush twice a day—and floss daily too. It’s a good time to see your dentist for a cleaning and checkup. Yep, it’s safe. In fact, it’s important not to skip that every-six-months routine.
  • Leg cramps: Painful muscle cramps in the legs are common in the second half of pregnancy—as if you really need new aches and pains, especially ones that mess with your sleep. Stretching, exercise, proper hydration and massage can help prevent them. When leg cramps do hit, stretching or massaging the spot can help alleviate the discomfort.
  • Back pain: Fifty to 70% of pregnant women get back pain, so count yourself in the majority if you have an aching back. Between pregnancy hormones loosening your joints, extra weight on your body and your uterus pushing against your spine and messing with your posture, it’s no wonder that it’s hurting.

Prep for the Gestational Diabetes Test

Between 24 weeks and 28 weeks pregnant, you’ll get a glucose screening test to see if you have a sign of gestational diabetes, a condition that causes high blood sugar in pregnant women. Usually there aren’t noticeable symptoms, so it’s important to get tested. Treatment can prevent complications, including preterm labor and high birth weight.

There are two main gestational diabetes tests: the glucose challenge test and the glucose tolerance test. You’ll definitely get one but may end up getting both. Here’s what to expect for each:

Glucose Challenge Test: This is screening test, so it tells doctors if you have signs of gestational diabetes. For this 1-hour glucose test, you’ll drink a sweet Gatorade-like drink called glucola, then wait an hour (bring reading material) and have your blood drawn. If your blood sugar level is high, it can be a sign of gestational diabetes, so you’ll likely get a follow-up test.

Glucose Tolerance Test: This one is the follow-up test that can diagnose gestational diabetes, but some women take this one from the start. For this, you’ll need to fast for eight hours before the test. You’ll have your blood taken when you arrive, and then at 1 hour, at 2 hours and then at 3 hours. (That’s why it’s sometimes called the 3-hours glucose test.) So that means four blood draws and 11 total hours of no eating. If two or more of the blood samples from your glucose tolerance test have high levels of glucose, you’ll be diagnosed with gestational diabetes.

Here’s more about what to expect with the tests.

💛 Congratulations 💛

You are 60% through your pregnancy!

Your Life at 24 Weeks Pregnant

Only a few more weeks until the third trimester. Here are some suggestions to help you get stuff done and, ahem, keep you going.

  • Top tip: Let’s check something off your big to-do list! You know, the list for boring chores, like cleaning out your junk drawer, donating old clothes or getting your oil changed. Despite you growing bump, life goes on. Keep on top of all those other (way less exciting) demands, so you don’t have any hectic scrambles at 36 weeks. Then make yourself a tasty beverage to celebrate.
  • Recipes to try: There’s no shame in satisfying your sweet tooth, but shake up usual pint of Ben & Jerry’s in favor of an alternative treat. Try a bowl of frozen grapes, dates stuffed with nut butter and dark chocolate or homemade vegan cookie dough.
  • Sleeping arrangements: Planning to have a nursery? It’s not too soon to get decorating. Use a Pinterest board to collect ideas. If you’re not doing a nursery (hey, not everyone has the space), think of other ways you can set aside a special space for baby’s things. Alcoves with a curtain and oversized closets can work in a pinch.
  • Gear to get: Constipation is no joke. Not only is it uncomfortable, the added strain can lead to hemorrhoids. As your pregnancy progresses, chronic back-ups, so to speak, are not uncommon. Thankfully, a Squatty Potty can make a major difference when it comes to keeping your bathroom habits regular.

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Your 24 Weeks Pregnant Belly

Your growing uterus tops out at about two inches above your belly button around this week. Thanks to all the outward pushing, your innie belly button may “pop out” into a newfound outtie.

As for 24 weeks pregnant week gain, you’ve probably been gaining around 14 to 16 pounds so far (thats including an average of a pound a week this trimester). But every body is different, so as long as you and your healthcare provider are on the same page about weight gain, you should be fine.

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24 Weeks Pregnant Checklist

  • Design the nursery. Use Pinterest for inspiration and start choosing pieces that fit your vibe, like a crib or bassinet for baby to sleep in.
  • Add baby clothes to your registry. Here’s a handy list of how many clothes to start with.
  • Keep an eye on your diet. Eating healthfully every few hours keeps blood sugar steady, so you stay energized. Three small, balanced meals and three light snacks each day should do the trick.
  • Make a to-do list for the grandparents-to-be about how they can help you in the weeks after your baby’s born.
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