Your Pregnancy at Week 24by Your Baby Club
Your baby's face is nearly fully formed!
your baby this week:
Pretty as a picture, your baby's face is just about fully formed, getting ready for all those photographs to give to grandma and grandpa!
Continuing to grow, your little one is gaining around 3-4 ounces a week and is around a foot long now. With each ounce, their body is filling out as they take in all those precious nutrients you are giving them through the umbilical cord and via their amniotic fluid. They are tasting more and more as their taste buds get even more sensitive. Their hair is also as white as snow as it is yet to have any pigment.
At 24-weeks' gestation, although your baby would be tiny, should they be born now, they have reached the point of viability and would be cared for in the neonatal unit. In preparation for the outside world, their lungs are getting stronger and stronger. As they mature, a substance called 'surfactant' is appearing, which keeps the 'alveoli' (tiny air sacs) open as they practise breathing in and out.
One thing you may be experiencing at this point in the pregnancy, is a level of numbness or tingling in your fingers and wrists. This sensation is called 'carpal tunnel syndrome'. This occurs when the fluid causing swelling in your lower extremities is redistributed when you begin laying down. This redistribution puts pressure on your nerves going through your wrist and can also take the form of pain or a dull ache. Another annoying side-effect, but the light at the end of the tunnel, is that this will slowly disappear once you are no longer pregnant.
To add to the already growing list of side-effects during pregnancy, you may find that you start to experience itching, especially on your tummy, as your skin stretches to accommodate your growing baby. In most cases, pregnancy-related itching, whilst annoying, is usually nothing to worry about.
However, if your itching becomes excessive and is especially noticeable on your hands and feet, with a worsening at night, it is important that you contact your maternity department as it may be a sign of a more serious condition known as 'obstetric cholestasis'.
Louise Broadbridge - Our Expert Midwife
Hi, my name is Louise, I am a Registered Midwife, founder of Let's Talk Birth and Baby and the face behind Instagram's The Honest Midwife. I have worked in health settings for the past 30 years, the majority of which have been working in children and family settings.
your tips & to do's:
I see it, I like it, I want it, I got it... When it comes down to the absolute basics, the nursery list of must-haves is relatively short. You need a place for your baby to sleep and a place where you can store things. There are many ways to create a great nursery, even if you don't have extra space or cash to work with.
For your baby's place to sleep, cribs are standard; but you can choose anything, like a portable mini-crib or a hand-carved, custom-made piece. Beyond cribs, your options include cradles, bassinets, baby hammocks, co-sleepers, and the family bed. Keep your lifestyle, budget, and design preferences in mind as you research the various, numerous choices out there.
Your baby is going to have a lot of stuff, and you'll need somewhere to put it all. Closet shelving, dressers, baskets, and stackable bins are all great options for creating an organized, functional area. Try to group things in a way that makes them readily and easily accessible. For example, store the diapers, wipes, creams, and a few onesies within an arm’s reach of your baby's changing table.
You'll also want to find a good space for your baby's towels, blankets, burp cloths, bibs... and something as simple as a shelf in your linen closet will work as well as a special basket, bin, or piece of furniture will.
Is your space or budget more on the limited side of life?
There is no need to spend money on, or create additional space for, a nursery set of multiple, matching pieces. Any standard dresser (the shorter, wider ones) can double as a changing table if you add a changing pad to the top. In fact, here is the truth: you will use a countertop, couch, bed, or blanket spread out on the floor as a changing area at some point, because they all get the job done. And you don't need a swanky glider and ottoman. Any chair can be sat in to snuggle with your baby. Park your rump on the couch or find an old recliner and re-cover its fabric. You can even use a bouncy exercise ball, which some babies find soothing. Plus it's likely to help you work off any lingering post-delivery baby weight, too.
Do whatever will work best for you and your family. If you are in a smaller apartment, an empty closet or a corner of your bedroom can serve as a cozy space for your little one. You can put the crib and glider in the family room, make a changing area in your bathroom or at the foot of your bed. Your baby's favorite place in your house will be wherever you are.
Take a side profile pregnancy picture and write in your pregnancy journal!
Here is a list of pregnancy symptoms commonly experienced during week 24.
- Swelling, or edema, in your ankles and/or feet
- Stretch marks and/or unwanted hair growth
- Thicker hair
- Stronger nails
- Braxton Hicks
- Bleeding and/or swollen gums
- Interrupted sleep
- Backaches and/or leg cramps
- Crazy dreams
- Fetal activity
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