Gone past mid pregnancy, that’s a good news but there is still more milestone to your due-date. Welcome to 24 weeks pregnant, as this is a time when you and your baby will experience a rapid growth. Most especially your uterus noticeable that you’re pregnant and so, expect comment from family, friends or colleague at work. Also expect some pregnant symptoms that may come your way. Here are what weeks 24 pregnancy envelopes:
24 weeks pregnant: how are you?
As you grow bigger each day, the skin on your belly and breast stretches out. This may lead to stretch marks not all women develops stretch marks in pregnancy. The good news is that stretch marks fades way or become less-noticeable with time.
You may also feel itchy skin. To stop itchiness, apply gently a moisturizer on your hand to the affected area. The changes may also include feeling of dry eyes. Artificial tears can help ease some of your eye irritation.
Though your delivery date still several weeks away, your body is passing through some changes for baby’s arrival. For instance, your breast may soon begin to producing little amount of pre-milk called colostrums. This may continue for the rest of your pregnancy but don’t be too concerned about it as it’ a normal pregnancy occurrence.
If you are so much concerned or have questions regarding colostrums, be sure to talk to your doctor.
In pregnancy week 24, some women start to experience periodic Braxton-Hicks contractions. This is a false labor as complete pregnancy cycle is still ahead. But you can actually use contractions for practice for the real labor and child birth. They are not painful, although you may sometime feel squeezing stimulation of the uterus. However, if contraction becomes painful, call your health care provider. This may be signs of premature birth.
24 weeks pregnant: how is your baby?
Your baby is about 12 ½ inches long and weighs over 1½ pounds. Your baby’s brain is developing rapidly. The same also apply to the lungs and the cells of your baby that produces the surfactant in the lungs. This substance is a content that composes of fats and lipids. Its function is to stabilize all the tiny air sacs in the lungs that are responsible for healthy breathing.
Babies that arrive at these weeks 24 are considered to be preterm birth and often have difficulty in breathing because they not yet fully develop and eventually cannot produce the required amount of surfactants.
Other baby’s organ that’s still in development includes the eye lashes, eyebrows and the taste buds.
What pregnancy symptoms to expect?
Symptoms should be lighter in this second trimester weeks but there are still few pains and aches you may experience.
Owing to your growing belly and new center of balance, plus the extra pressure the growing uterus is adding on your body, backaches may sure visit you soonest if it at all, it’s not yet. Backaches are common in pregnancy and if pains are severe, contact your health care provider for a specialist solution.
Prenatal massage could just do the wonders for you. So looking around for experienced trained massager or talking with other women who once had gone through pregnancy may refer you to a good place to register. At the time of registration, be sure to tell them your due-date.
Few exercise, such as bending of kneels, keeping your back upright and avoiding lifting heavy objects may ease backaches. You can also sit up straight using pillows to supports your lower back
You can also do a few things to reduce the number of backaches. Practice the habit of bending your knees and keeping your back straight when you lift something, and don’t pick up anything too heavy.
Constipation symptoms could hit you and sometimes does last throughout pregnancy weeks. To help alleviate constipation, eat foods rich in fiber; take plenty of fluids and other measure which your doctor may give.
What you can do for healthy pregnancy this week
Between 24 and 30 weeks a glucose screening test is usually perform by most health care providers. This screening checks for gestational diabetes. Gestational diabetes is diabetes most women develop during pregnancy because the body was unable to produce enough insulin to regulate blood sugar levels. This diabetes is usually temporary. The signs and symptoms may include usual thirst, frequent urination, nausea, fatigue and sugar in urine when you do a urine test. Be sure to inform your doctor to run a gestational diabetes test for you.
Eating a balanced diet will sustain you for a healthy pregnancy and baby. Be sure to take vital nutrients such as folic acid, protein, vitamin C, calcium, and vitamin D for both you and your baby.