Your Pregnancy: Week 24

Pregnancy week by week: You are 24 weeks pregnant


 

Your Body

Did someone turn up the heat? Increased blood flow to the skin and hormonal changes are elevating your basal metabolic rate by 20 percent. Dress in layers so you can peel them off when you start to feel overheated, wear clothes made of breathable fabrics, turn down the thermostat, or take a quick, refreshing shower to cool down.

“Dry eye” is a typical pregnancy symptom caused by a decrease in male androgen hormones. Tear production slows down and eyes become dry and itchy and feel gritty. Fluid builds up behind the eyes making them light-sensitive. Flushing your eyes with an artificial tear solution adds moisture. Your discomfort will disappear after baby is born.

Baby’s World

She measures 21 cm. (8.3 in.) from her crown to her bottom and weighs 540 g (1.19 lb.); she’s about the size of a grapefruit. She is now deemed “viable,” meaning she can survive outside the womb, albeit with special care, if she is born prematurely. Hair has begun to sprout on her scalp, a cowlick might even develop, but for now you won’t know if she is a redhead, blonde or brunette. Because her inner ear, which controls balance, is fully-developed, she can figure out if she is upside down or right side up. She’s starting to beef up and has outgrown her ability to do cartwheels in utero. Sweat glands are regulating her body temperature. She’s even more attuned to touch and sound: rubbing your belly or hearing your gentle voice calms her.

Fun Fact

As baby’s taste buds form, she may be acquiring a sweet tooth as early as this stage in her development.

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