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24 Weeks Pregnant

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There are lots of changes coming your way when you're pregnant at 24 weeks. Here are some of the things you might experience.

Your Body at 24 Weeks Pregnant

Your growing body at 24 weeks pregnant might have you feeling a little clumsy and awkward. Your center of gravity is shifting, which is making it more difficult to move around easily. Additionally, your posture might have changed. This is because the pregnancy hormones are causing your joints to soften, helping your body prepare for birth. If you're experiencing backaches, consider some light exercise and make sure that your posture is good, whether you're standing or sitting.

Many women experience a major unfortunate symptom when they're pregnant at 24 weeks -- hemorrhoids. If you're having problems with hemorrhoids, increase your water consumption and make sure that your diet includes plenty of foods rich in fiber. Over the counter medicine can also help, but before taking any OTC meds, talk to your healthcare provider.

Hot flashes are another symptom of being 24 weeks pregnant. Your body is full of extra blood and your heart is working harder than before, which can leave you feeling overheated. No matter what the season, layered clothing can help you be more comfortable.

Your Baby at 24 Weeks Pregnant

Your baby at 24 weeks pregnant is almost an entire foot long! Her lungs are fully developed and they're practicing breathing fluid to prepare for life outside the womb.

 human fetus at 24 weeksWhile the chances of your baby arriving when you're pregnant at 24 weeks are slim, it's comforting to know that if your baby were born today, he would have a high chance of survival. However, he would require a lot of special care and would probably spend a great deal of time in the neonatal intensive care unit, which is why it's best that he stay safe inside.

Your baby at 24 weeks is becoming more active and is likely experiencing a routine of awake and sleep times. Many moms find that there's a certain time of the day that they can almost always count on their baby to be active.

What to Consider When You're 24 Weeks Pregnant

You're probably experiencing a surge of energy. Take advantage of this to start shopping for baby gear you’ll need. Before you start shopping, consider asking your friends and family members if there's any baby gear they can't live without. Here's our list of the baby items you absolutely shouldn't miss.

It's necessary that you continue to take care of yourself when you're 24 weeks pregnant. Make sure that you're eating healthy foods and exercising. And don't neglect those Kegel exercises! While they may seem unnecessary, you'll be glad you did them once the baby is born.

Your baby at 24 weeks is listening intently to every word you say. Encourage your partner to talk to your baby too to help speed up the bonding process once the baby arrives.

What to Expect at 25 Weeks Pregnant

 
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