Your baby now has eyelashes and eyebrows.
As you approach the third trimester it’s important to stay on top of your regular antenatal testing to check for symptoms of birth complications. Undergo a glucose test to check for gestational diabetes, which tends to occur during this time.
Your baby is now the size of a...
Cantaloupe! Your baby now weighs upwards of one and a half pounds, gaining steadily at a rate of six to eight ounces per week.
Much of that weight comes from accumulating baby fat, as well as from growing organs, bones, and muscle. Your baby now has eyelashes and eyebrows, and there's no pigment yet, so the hairs are all white.
Your baby is still receiving oxygen through the placenta. But once birth occurs, his or her lungs will start taking in oxygen on their own. In preparation for that, your baby's lungs are developing the ability to produce surfactant. The surfactant is a substance that keeps the air sacs in our lungs from collapsing and sticking together when we exhale, allowing us to breathe properly.
Pregnancy symptoms at 24 weeks
Swollen ankles, backaches, leg cramps and stretch marks.
Tips and advice for pregnancy at 24 weeks
Getting comfy in bed is often an issue, some doctors recommend that pregnant women sleep on their sides, not their backs or stomachs, so that blood flow to the placenta is not restricted.
If you find this uncomfortable, try placing a pillow between your knees to relieve the pressure of your weight while lying on your side.