Pregnancy: Week 24

Reaching the week 24 milestone can be quite exciting for any parent. Even though you wouldn’t realize it, your baby’s lungs are beginning to really develop, which means he’s going to be able to breathe on his own once he’s born (full-term, that is).

What to Expect with Physiological Development

If you were to look at a set of lungs, they would look like trees with all of those branches (along with the air sacs at the end). Your baby’s lungs are beginning to take on this appearance now as well.

Your baby is also beginning to explore the muscles around his face. If you’re lucky and your head in for an ultrasound during week 24, you could be in for quite a surprise!

Your 24 Week Ultrasound

What surprise could that be? How about seeing your baby raise her eyebrows for you? While subtle, better equipment and experienced technicians can certainly tell the difference between subtle motions and something of a bit of a milestone.

A week 24 ultrasound can also be important in helping you and your doctor keeps track of your baby’s development between now and the expected delivery date.

Changes in You

Even though you may not feel it, your uterus is now about the size of a soccer ball, or above your belly button. Your doctor will likely prescribe a glucose test for you between now and week 28, and you should do this. Gestational diabetes can be a serious issue that needs to be addressed.

If it isn’t treated, gestational diabetes increases the chances of a complicated vaginal delivery, your baby to have low blood sugar after birth, and more.

What You Should be Doing

Now you should begin to understand what preterm labor is and how to detect it. Talk to your doctor about this issue. The signs and symptoms of preterm labor can include increased vaginal discharge, vaginal bleeding, menstrual-like cramping or more than four contractions in an hour, lower back pain (if you don’t normally have that), and even a feeling like your baby is pushing down.

Ending Week 24

One of the most important things to consider at week 24 is that while you may hear terms like ‘preterm labor,’ don’t allow that to stress you out. It’s important for you and your baby’s health that you remain calm. Enjoy this incredible time; even though you may get pregnant again in the future, it won’t be quite the same as this first time.

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