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24 weeks pregnant

Katie de Klee
All you need to know at this pregnancy stage, what changes to expect, and some great tips for the week ahead.
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5 things to look forward to at 24 weeks pregnant:
1.     Your baby is gaining weight steadily.
2.     Stretch marks on your belly, hips and breasts.
3.     Dry eyes.
4.     Forgetfulness (a.k.a. pregnancy brain).
5.     Your baby’s kicks are getting stronger.

How your life will change this week:
Stretch marks are nothing new at this stage, although you might notice them on your hips and breasts as well as your belly. It’s perfectly natural, as your skin has to stretch to keep up with your changing size. Though they will fade significantly after you give birth, most women find that stretch marks never disappear completely. Think of them as your badge of honour – proof of what your body has been through.
You may feel that your eyes are dry or more sensitive to the light. This is because changes in hormones affect the quantity of tears you produce – it is totally normal. Try to rest your eyes as much as you can. Another fun symptom of pregnancy (and side-effect of all those hormones) is forgetfulness, commonly called pregnancy brain. If you keep losing your keys or can’t remember where you parked your car, don’t worry, it happens to every pregnant woman and it’s definitely temporary. Try not to be hard on yourself, and start making lists of everything from what you have to do that day to where you put your keys the last time you lost them!

Your baby’s development this week:
By now your baby probably weighs about 600g and measures 30cm from crown to rump. That’s a lot of space inside you! Your baby’s brain is growing at an amazing rate, taste buds are fully developed, fingerprints and footprints are still forming. And those kicks are getting stronger and stronger every week. Your baby is looking healthier as layers of fat form under the skin and their skin becomes more opaque and pink. 

This week’s To Do list:
  • Think about writing a birthing plan.
  • Start looking at prams for your baby.
  • Buy a small notebook to keep in your handbag so you don’t forget things.
If you have 5 minutes… Pregnancy top tip.
If you’re finding all the reading and research about pregnancy and babies a bit much, treat yourself to a trashy novel or light-hearted romance. Just because you’re pregnant doesn’t mean all your waking hours have to be spent reading up on pregnancy – you’re allowed a break.

Curious about next week?  
Click here to find out what happens next week… And the week after.

Share your thoughts and concerns
Chat with other Moms-to-be in your area or at the same developmental stage as you in BabyGroup Forums.

BabyGroup says:
This article has been checked by Andrea Klinkenberg, Midwife. A member of the BabyGroup Medical Council.


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08 June 2014 10:12

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08 October 2013 12:48

Hi im 24 weeks pregnent,im looking foward 2 get sm tips &advices .tnk u
 
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08 October 2013 12:47

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