Now that you are done with 23 weeks of pregnancy, this is the time when you should make sure that all your checkups and tests are done to avoid all birth complications.
Changes in Your Body at Week 24 Pregnancy
This is the first time that you are likely to witness what is known as Braxton Hicks contractions. This might continue into the 25th week of pregnancy and beyond that as well. These happen when the uterus tends to tighten from time to time.
This is the time when your eyes will also witness some changes. You may experience:
- Dry eyes
- Blurred vision
Due to the swelling of the mucous membranes, at 24 weeks of pregnancy, you may also experience head cold symptoms and nasal congestion.
As you progress towards your due date, your nipples will tend to become darker in colour and more prominent. However if you feel that you have retracted or inverted nipples then do seek the help and advice of your doctor. At later stages you can also express a little colostrum and rub this into your nipples. This will help later during the breast feeding stage.
Read our Short Guide to Managing Pregnancy to find out more information on what this period will bring for you.
Your Baby’s Development at Week 24 Pregnancy
This is the phase of lung development for your baby. The lungs develop branches and cells that produce surfactant. This is a chemical agent that is needed to inflate the tiny air sacs once they are outside the womb. For a baby that is born prematurely at this stage, the lack of enough surfactant can lead to troubled breathing.
Week 24 Pregnancy Tips and Advice
Get a glucose test done to check for gestational diabetes. Most pregnant women develop gestational diabetes during this phase of their pregnancy. Hence even your doctor will probably recommend this test for you anywhere between the 24th to the 28th week of pregnancy.
At 24 weeks of pregnancy other than your skin becoming dry, you might also experience dry eyes at this time. After consulting with your doctor, you can use over the counter eye drops to relieve yourself.
As the baby grows, it develops its own movement pattern. These are periods of activity followed by quiet periods. These movements are a good sign because it will tell you that the baby is healthy. For any changes in this movement pattern, do speak to your doctor immediately.
If you are in the car, always put your belt on. And when you do, place the belt across your thighs and over your tummy. Don’t tie the belt such that it crosses the centre of your stomach as that can lead to undue pressure on the baby.
Week 24 Fun
Try learning crochet, knitting and sewing from the elders in the family. Then use this new found knowledge to make something for the new arrival.
And if you are feeling too lazy and don’t want to put your mind to anything then just indulge in playing some video games online.
At 24 weeks of pregnancy get someone to help you take out all old things that you won’t use anymore (but are in good condition) and throw a yard sale. It will also give you the opportunity to meet up with some new people who you can share a few smiles with.
So what did your glucose test say? What home remedies are you trying out to prevent your skin from becoming dry and flaky? Join our due date club here and share your thoughts with other mums-to-be.
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