Pregnancy Week by Week – Week 24

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As you enter your sixth month of pregnancy, you may notice several changes including more frequent urination. Your baby is also changing and growing.

Week 24 begins the sixth month of pregnancy. You may realize that you only have 16 weeks left of your pregnancy! Where has the time gone? There are numerous changes occuring this month so hang on for the ride.

Let’s take a closer look at changes happening with you and your baby.

What is happening with Your Baby?

Your baby is becoming longer and more proportionate this week. By Week 24, your baby is about 23cm long (about 9 inches) and weighs about 600 grams (about 1.3 pounds.)

The thick, cheesy coating that protects the baby’s skin, known as vernix, is beginning to form on the baby’s body. By the time your baby is born, vernix may only be seen in the creases or folds of the skin, unless your baby comes earlier than expected. The baby also has sweat glands that appear for the first time.

Your baby’s cerebral cortex in his brain is developing and layering this week. As your pregnancy continues, more and more development occurs in his brain. In fact, the third trimester is one of the most crucial periods during pregnancy for brain configuration. Even more of a great reason to continue healthy eating for your baby’s brain development.

Another change is still occuring in the baby’s lungs this week. The baby’s bronchi and brochioles are still expanding in her lungs through Week 24 of pregnancy.

What is happening with You?

It is not uncommon to experience some degree of back pain now as the baby is growing. Your center of gravity begins to shift as your belly expands. To compensate for that, mothers will often lean back a bit, causing their back to “sway” or curve, also called lordosis. This posture puts additional strain on back muscles and can be a cause of pregnancy-related back pain. If this is happening to you, find some help with these toning exercises and back pain remedies.

Some mothers also experience more headaches during pregnancy. It is uncertain whether these more frequent headaches are caused by tension, dehydration, sinus problems or increased hormones. Should you have any other symptoms such as dizziness, blurred vision, see your care provider.

Another common pregnancy symptom during this stage is fatigue. While some fatigue may be normal, it is not unusual to find that the culprit is actually a lack of iron, known as anemia. If you are feeling tired very often, see your care provider in order to have your blood tested. Anemia can be treated with changing your diet as well as adding iron supplements.

To Do List:

1. Continue your healthy eating and take prenatal vitamins.

2. Are you exercising? Here are safe guidelines for exercise.

3. Continue to work on baby nursery needs.

4. Be sure to register for childbirth classes. Consider other classes such as baby care, breastfeeding and parenting.

Are you curious about what is around the corner in Week 25? Take a look!