24 Weeks Pregnant: Your Checklist
- The second trimester may be ideal for travelling before your baby is born. Consider planning a quick getaway.
- Talk to your partner about your new roles as parents and how it may affect your relationship as you plan for parenthood together.
- If you happen to have a prenatal care appointment this week, you could ask your doctor or nurse about signs to look out for that something may be wrong.
At 24 weeks pregnant, your baby may weigh up to 1.3 to 1.5 pounds and measure between about 11 and 12 inches. Your little one still has lots of room to move, so you might be feeling some acrobatics, especially at night. Your pregnancy symptoms during this week could include hemorrhoids, round ligament pain, and trouble getting a good night’s sleep, thanks to your active baby and growing belly. You’re nearing the end of the second trimester, and if you’re trying to figure out how many months pregnant 24 weeks is, you’re about five months pregnant. Read on for more details on what’s happening this week with your baby and your pregnancy.
Your Baby’s Development
Because the inner ear — which controls balance — is now completely developed, your baby might be able to tell when he or she is upside down or right side up while floating and making movements in the amniotic fluid.
An important prenatal test, glucose screening, is usually done sometime between weeks 24 and 28. This test checks for gestational diabetes, a temporary type of diabetes during pregnancy that can cause problems in a newborn, such as low blood sugar. Gestational diabetes can make a woman more likely to need a C-section because it can lead to the growth of very large babies.
For the glucose screening test, you’ll drink a sugary solution and then have your blood drawn. If your blood sugar levels are too high, you’ll have more tests, which your health care provider will discuss with you. Gestational diabetes usually can be controlled with a well-planned diet and regular exercise, but some pregnant women will need medicine, such as daily insulin, during the pregnancy.
Pregnancy symptoms at 24 weeks
You may notice faint red streaks, or stretch marks on your tummy, hips, bottom and breasts.
Rubbing on creams can make you feel more comfortable and help soothe any itching you may feel but it won’t get rid of stretch marks or prevent them. Stretch marks are typical at this stage of pregnancy and will fade to faint marks after you give birth.
You may also find that your eyes are more sensitive to light, and feel gritty and dry. This is a perfectly normal pregnancy symptom known as dry-eye syndrome. If your dry eyes are bothering you, see your GP or an optometrist. They can check that your eyes are healthy and that there is no scarring or infection in them. Dry eyes can be treated with artificial tears or ointments, but check with your doctor what’s best to use. Treatments that you can buy over the counter may not be suitable for you while you’re pregnant.
How your life’s changing
Your second trimester is a good time to think through your birth choices. Wherever you decide to give birth, choose a birth partner you can trust to support you through labour and birth.
Your birth partner doesn’t necessarily have to be your partner in life, but most dads-to-be want to be actively involved in their baby’s birth.
Having someone to encourage you, remind you of ways to cope and to help you make decisions when you’re in labour, can make your birth experience much more positive.
These are all good reasons to have a birth partner with you. Ideally, your birth partner will be prepared to learn about childbirth, and be ready to drop everything when you need them. That’s why it’s so important to plan ahead.