Hello there, welcome back, today the we will be talking about your Normal 24 week ultrasound, you are going to find ultrasound images plus all you need to know about your 24 week pregnancy on this post, so let’s begin…
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How Big Is your Baby at 24 Weeks Pregnant?
At 24 weeks pregnant, the baby is as big as a Cantaloupe. The average 24 week fetus weighs about 630 grams/1.4 lbs. and measures about 21 centimeters long(Excluding legs).
What are your symptoms at 24 week pregnant:
Swollen hands and/or feet: Now that you’re pregnant, you have an increase in the amount of fluids in your body. So minor swelling is totally normal and will resolve as soon as baby is born.
Leg cramps: Generally speaking is considered normal but can be sign of dehydration so make sure you are drinking plenty of water, combined with some moderate exercise like walks and stretching however let your doctor know if the cramps is persistent because can be a sign of a nutritional deficiency so it’s worth to keep an eye on.
Linea nigra: That’s the dark line that runs up the center of your belly. Influenced by pregnancy hormones, it will fade soon after birth.
Backaches: With the growth of the uterus and your baby, this begins to mildly bend your spine and put stress on your back muscles. Backaches are especially common for women who are 24 weeks pregnant with twins.
Stretch marks: Unfortunately the best friend for a lot of us, Stretch marks are a form of scarring on the skin. Over time they may diminish, but will not disappear completely. Stretch marks usually form during second and third trimester, and usually on the belly, but also can occur on the breasts, thighs, hips, lower back and buttocks. Stretch marks are more common for some women simply because of family history, lack on collagen or because of sudden weight gain.
Other symptoms such as Hip pain and Abdominal aches, back aches, constipation, migraines, Dizziness and others might be part of your normal second trimester list of symptoms as well, all part of being a mommy-to-be duty.
Some Basics that you can be needing at this point are:
What to know about doctor visits?
Important things you need to know about your doctors appointments, at this point if you are not considered high risk and if there is no medical condition your doctor appointments should be every 4 weeks.
Around 24 weeks pregnant, your doctor will order a Glucose Screening Test, to rule out if you at risk for gestational diabetes. The test is designed to see how your body processes sugar, so you’ll be asked to drink a sweet liquid called Glucola (similar to Gatorade) and then wait for an hour. Once the hour is up, you’ll have your blood drawn and then it will be tested to see how your body has processed the sugar.
If your doctor finds abnormal results, you may have to have a follow-up test called the glucose tolerance test. It will measure how your body processes sugar over a three-hour period to see if you really have gestational diabetes. If you do, it’s not the end of the world. Your doctor will counsel you on how to keep your condition under control, so the rest of your pregnancy stays healthy. And you and baby might get extra monitoring through extra ultrasounds. Looking on the brighter side: At least you’ll get to see your baby more often!
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What is happening with your baby at 24 weeks?
1. Your baby is gaining steadily about six ounces per week. Much of that weight gain is coming from growing organs, bones, muscle and accumulating baby fat. If you’re wondering what your baby will look like when it’s born? well let say that you’ll be able to tell by now. That beautiful face even though is still tiny is almost fully formed, complete with eyelashes, eyebrows and hair.
2. All the hair in your baby’s body locks white, since there’s no pigment yet.
3. The fat that will be piled on under baby’s skin is also missing right now. Until those fat deposits are made, that skin is still very transparent, which means a close look would let you see clear through all the organs, bones and blood vessels. Fortunately, that see-through look won’t last much longer.
4. Lastly but not least, baby’s hearing is getting even more advanced by now, he or she hears now all kinds of sounds in your womb.
Now lets take a look of some Ultrasound images at 24 weeks.