You’re 24 weeks pregnant, preparing for your gestational diabetes test, and your baby is producing surfactants.
At 24 weeks, how big is your baby?
This week, your baby is 11.8 inches long and weighs 1.3 pounds. That is around the size of a Potato Head.
Here’s what you should know if you’re 24 weeks pregnant:
- Your Child
- Your Body
- Your Existence
- Ultrasound at 24 Weeks
- Real Mom’s Pregnancy Bumps at 24 Weeks
Your Baby’s Growth at 24 Weeks
Many intriguing elements are growing — and will continue to develop — such as bone marrow to aid in the production of blood cells and items to aid in balancing. Learn more about what’s going on with your baby this week.
- Lung development: This week, your baby is making a protein called surfactant, which you’ve probably never heard of. This fatty material aids breathing by making it simpler for the air sacs in our lungs to open. Your kid will continue to develop more of it until he or she is 35 weeks old. (Preemie newborns are frequently given an additional dose of artificial surfactant to help them breathe.) Science is fascinating.)
- Nostrils: Their little nostrils are also opening. It’s time to try inhaling amniotic fluid via them.
- Inner ear: Your baby’s vestibular system is growing. (We know, it’s a mouthful!) This little mechanism in our inner ear aids with balance, so your baby can now determine if they’re right-side-up or upside down.
What Is the Physical Appearance of Your Child?
Your infant is trying hard to become cuter. Their skin is still thin and translucent, but it will eventually become more impenetrable. Due to a lack of color, their hair and lashes are still white. Their physique is growing more proportionate as the week pass, and some baby fat will soon develop, which will help with the whole see-through issue.
Ultrasound at 24 Weeks Pregnancy
Your Body: Pregnancy Symptoms at 24 Weeks
You have a big test coming up soon, so you’ll want to prep for that (stock up on reading and/or podcast material now!). Also on your mind? Managing some new aches and pains. Find out more about this week.
- Red or tender gums: Pregnancy hormones make your gums more sensitive, so it’s really important to brush twice a day—and floss daily too. It’s a good time to see your dentist for a cleaning and checkup. Yep, it’s safe. In fact, it’s important not to skip that every-six-months routine.
- Leg cramps: Painful muscle cramps in the legs are common in the second half of pregnancy—as if you really need new aches and pains, especially ones that mess with your sleep. Stretching, exercise, proper hydration and massage can help prevent them. When leg cramps do hit, stretching or massaging the spot can help alleviate the discomfort.
- Back pain: Fifty to 70% of pregnant women get back pain, so count yourself in the majority if you have an aching back. Between pregnancy hormones loosening your joints, extra weight on your body and your uterus pushing against your spine and messing with your posture, it’s no wonder that it’s hurting.
Prep for the Gestational Diabetes Test
Between 24 weeks and 28 weeks pregnant, you’ll get a glucose screening test to see if you have a sign of gestational diabetes, a condition that causes high blood sugar in pregnant women. Usually, there aren’t noticeable symptoms, so it’s important to get tested. Treatment can prevent complications, including preterm labor and high birth weight.
There are two main gestational diabetes tests: the glucose challenge test and the glucose tolerance test. You’ll definitely get one but may end up getting both. Here’s what to expect for each:
Glucose Challenge Test: This is a screening test, so it tells doctors if you have signs of gestational diabetes. For this 1-hour glucose test, you’ll drink a sweet Gatorade-like drink called glucola, then wait an hour (bring reading material) and have your blood drawn. If your blood sugar level is high, it can be a sign of gestational diabetes, so you’ll likely get a follow-up test.
Glucose Tolerance Test: This one is the follow-up test that can diagnose gestational diabetes, but some women take this one from the start. For this, you’ll need to fast for eight hours before the test. You’ll have your blood taken when you arrive, and then at 1 hour, at 2 hours and then at 3 hours. (That’s why it’s sometimes called the 3-hours glucose test.) So that means four blood draws and 11 total hours of no eating. If two or more of the blood samples from your glucose tolerance test have high levels of glucose, you’ll be diagnosed with gestational diabetes.
Here’s more about what to expect with the tests.
24 Weeks in Your Life Pregnant
There are only a few weeks left till the third trimester. Here are some ideas to help you get things done and, uh, keep going.
- Top tip: Let’s cross something off your long list of to-dos! You know, the list for mundane tasks like clearing out your junk drawer, donating old clothing, or getting your oil changed. Life carries forward, despite your increasing bulge. Keep up with all of the other (much less interesting) needs so that you don’t have any frantic scrambles at 36 weeks. Then, to celebrate, prepare yourself a tasty beverage.
- Try these recipes: There’s no shame in feeding your sweet taste, but try something different instead of your normal pint of Ben & Jerry’s. Try frozen grapes, dates packed with nut butter and dark chocolate, or vegan cookie dough from scratch.
- Sleeping quarters: Do you want to start a nursery? It’s not too late to start decorating. To collect ideas, create a Pinterest board. If you don’t have room for a nursery (hey, not everyone does), consider alternate methods to designate a specific area for the baby’s belongings. In a pinch, curtained alcoves and spacious closets can work.
- Purchase the following equipment: Constipation is no laughing matter. Not only is it inconvenient, but the increased strain might cause hemorrhoids. Chronic back-ups are not unusual as your pregnancy continues. Fortunately, a Squatty Potty may make a significant difference in maintaining regular potty habits.
Your Pregnant Belly at 24 Weeks
This week, your expanding uterus reaches a height of roughly two inches above your belly button. Your innie belly button may “burst out” into a sudden outtie as a result of all the outward pressing.
In terms of 24 weeks pregnant week gain, you’ve probably gained 14 to 16 pounds so far (that’s including an average of a pound a week this trimester). However, because everybody is different, you should be alright as long as you and your healthcare professional are on the same page concerning weight growth.
Real Moms’ 24 Week Baby Bump