Week 24 of Your Pregnancy

23 weeks pregnant

119

0.6 to 0.7

Kgs
Keep going. You’ll find something useful below.

Pregnancy Symptoms

Few of the symptoms which you may notice at 24 weeks are:

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Swollen Ankles & Feet

Water retention is common during pregnancy. Increased blood flow to the uterus means that there is more water accumulation in the tissues. Due to the power of gravity, this water retention mostly happens to your ankles and feet. While this phonomenon, also known as edema continues throughout pregnancy, it is sure to resolve post-delivery.

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Skin Changes

As you progress with your pregnancy, you will start to observe many skin changes such as rashes, acne, hyperpigmentation etc. Most of these skin conditions are due to your changing hormones. When in doubt, you can always consult your gynaecologist to understand the exact reasons behind these conditions so that you can take measures accordingly.

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Sleep Troubles

Insomnia can happen during any stage of pregnancy but is more pronouced during the second and third trimester. Hormonal imbalances, acidity and indigestion, growing belly, baby movements, all contribute to your sleeplessness.

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Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Experiencing numbness, tingling, and pain in your wrists, arms, and fingers? This is most likely due to carpal tunnel sydrome, a condition that happens due to pressing of nerves from all the swelling that takes place. The median nerve which is an important nerve get pressed which results in carpel tunnel syndrome.

Baby's Development

How big is your baby?

Baby’s Length: 11.8 inches(30cms)
Baby’s Weight: 0.6 to 0.7kgs

Baby is learning to swallow

Baby is now learning to swallow & preparing to survive once it’s born by learning to suck on your breast or a bottle.

Baby’s Lungs

Baby’s lungs are formed by this week, but his lungs will be ready to function normally only in the outside world after they start producing a substance called surfactant. A few more weeks and this will start happening

Baby’s Movements

Baby’s movements inside the womb are getting more intense. You may be sleeping at night while your baby may be wide awake.

Others

Baby has now more muscles than what was present a few weeks ago.

Your's Changing Body

For most pregnant women, lower back pain starts around this time. Your growing uterus puts pressure on your lower back. Along with this, the hormonal changes will cause you to experience this pain. You can ask you gynaecologist for advice on effective ways to manage pain and stay comfortable through this phase.

Do you feel your heart racing like a formula F1 car? Don’t panic. You are not getting a heart attack!. Your heart is overworking trying to accomodate all the increased blood flow as your body tries to support your little bean in every possible way.

Difficulty falling asleep? Tired of tossing and turning all night? Don’t worry, you have many other pregnant women for company. All the hormonal changes, your growing bumps, constant hormone, your little bean kicking you at odd times, all contribute to your sleeplessness. In fact, you can take comfort in the fact that your body is preparing you this way for the countless sleepless nights you will encounter once your little one comes into this world.

Your little bean is growing, your uterus is streching and expanding to accomodate your growing fetus. The hormones also cause the loosening of some of the ligaments and ligaments in the pelvic area in preparation for delivery. All these factors together result in pelvic pain during this stage of your pregnancy.

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