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24 weeks pregnant

2015/04/06

Your baby at 24 weeks pregnant

Your baby is the size of an ear of corn. Your little gymnast weighs up to 1.3 pounds this week and measures 10 to 11 inches.

Energizer baby

Settling in for a quiet night's rest? Your baby probably has other ideas. Babies are most active between 24 and 28 weeks. After that, there won't be enough room for the flips and dives he or she has spent weeks perfecting.

See-through skin

Your baby’s skin is so thin that it's possible to see the blood vessels, bones and organs beneath it. Skin will continue to thicken as the months pass until it's as opaque as yours.

Eye spy

Your baby’s eyes will be fully developed by the end of this month. Although the iris still doesn't have any pigmentation, the color will fill in over the next few months. But the final shade won't be settled until after birth.

Your pregnancy at 24 weeks

Preterm labor alert

From here on out, you need to keep an eye out for the signs of preterm labor. The most common symptoms are menstrual-like cramps, a change in vaginal discharge, a dull ache in your lower back, uterine contractions, pressure on your pelvis (as if the baby is pushing down on it) or fluid leaking or gushing from your vagina. Pay attention to your body; if the symptoms persist, call your healthcare provider right away. Fluid gushing from your vagina needs immediate medical attention.

Did you know?

Your baby’s face is almost fully formed and if you see an ultrasound, you might be able to tell who he or she looks like! Even though the eyelids are fused shut, by the end of this week, baby’s eyes will be fully developed, including the retina.

Quick tip for mom:

If you’re feeling tired, weak, short of breath, or have fainting spells, you could be anemic. Be sure to include iron-rich foods in your diet, such as liver or other red meats; yellow, red, green or brown lentils; and leafy greens, such as spinach, collard greens and kale. Your prenatal vitamin may also include iron.

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