At 24 weeks pregnant, you are entering the beginning of the third trimester of your pregnancy. This is an exciting time for expectant mothers as their baby is now considered viable and the chances of a successful birth are very high. With just 16 weeks until your due date, your baby is now well-developed and is actively growing. Here are some things you can expect to happen during your 24th week of pregnancy.
Your Baby at 24 Weeks
Your baby is now the size of a large eggplant, weighing in at around 1.3 pounds and measuring around 14 inches in length. This is truly an amazing feat as your baby has grown exponentially since conception, with nearly all its organs and systems being fully formed. At this stage, your baby’s movements can be easily detected, especially if you press gently on your abdomen.
Your Body at 24 Weeks
At 24 weeks pregnant, your body is preparing for the arrival of baby. You may have already experienced Braxton-Hicks contractions, or false labor pains. These contractions are not signs of labor, but rather your body’s way of preparing for childbirth. You may also notice an increase in discharge, which is totally normal.
It’s also important to watch out for signs of pre-term labor, such as any vaginal bleeding, leaking fluid, contraction-like abdominal pain, or low back pain that doesn’t go away. If you notice any of these symptoms, it’s important to let your doctor know right away.
What to Do at 24 Weeks
At 24 weeks pregnant, it’s important to take care of yourself by eating healthy and exercising regularly. This can help reduce fatigue and ensure you are staying healthy. It’s also time to start researching baby gear and setup so that you have everything ready for your little one’s arrival. Finally, for couples expecting their first baby, it’s a great time start preparing for the different roles you will play as parents. Start talking about your plans and expectations for raising your little one together—it can help make the transition much smoother.
Your 24th week of pregnancy is a special time for you and your baby as you continue your journey togethe. It’s a time to cherish and remember. Enjoy the remaining weeks of your pregnancy with the knowledge that you are preparing to welcome your little one into the world!