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24 weeks pregnant: What to expect

Your baby at 24 weeks pregnant

Your baby is the size of an ear of corn (length: 10-11”; weight: 600grams).

See-through skin. Your baby’s skin is so thin that it's possible to see the blood vessels, bones and organs beneath it. Skin will continue to thicken as the months pass until it's as opaque as yours.

Eye spy. Your baby’s eyes will be fully developed by the end of this month. Although the iris still doesn't have any pigmentation, the colour will fill in over the next few months. But the final shade won't be settled until after birth.

Your pregnancy at 24 weeks

Preterm labour alert. From here on out, you need to keep an eye out for the signs of preterm labour. The most common symptoms are menstrual-like cramps, a change in vaginal discharge, a dull ache in your lower back, uterine contractions, pressure on your pelvis (as if the baby is pushing down on it) or fluid leaking or gushing from your vagina. Pay attention to your body; if the symptoms persist, call your midwife or doctor straight away. Fluid gushing from your vagina needs immediate medical attention.

Did you know? Your baby’s face is almost fully formed and if you see an ultrasound, you might be able to tell who he or she looks like! Even though the eyelids are fused shut, by the end of this week, baby’s eyes will be fully developed, including the retina.

Quick tip for mum: If you’re feeling tired, weak, short of breath, or have fainting spells, you could be anaemic. Be sure to include iron-rich foods in your diet, such as red meats; yellow, red, green or brown lentils; and leafy greens, such as spinach, greens and kale. Your prenatal vitamin should also include iron.

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