Week by Week

What pregnant women need to know in week 24 of pregnancy?

By Medically reviewed by Dr. Duyen Le.

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Baby Development

How my baby growing?

This time the baby is about the size of an ear of corn, almost a foot long and weigh approximately 113g compared to last week.

Baby still receive oxygen through the placenta. But once born, her lungs will start to operate and load with oxygen. In preparation for that, your baby’s lungs will start to produce surfactant. Surfactant is a substance that keeps the air sacs in the lungs without leakage and mounted stick them together when we exhale and allow us to breathe properly.

Because the inner ear – the unit that controls the balance in the body is now completely developed, your baby may be able to know they’re upside down or pop up while floating and moving in the amniotic fluid.

Body & Life Changes

How is my body changing?

Glucose screening test is usually performed from week 24 to week 28. This test will help your doctor know if you have gestational diabetes or not. This is a form of diabetes that occurs during pregnancy and can cause problems in the newborn, such as hypoglycaemia. Gestational diabetes can increase your chance of needing a caesarean section as it could cause large fetal infants.

During testing for glucose, you may have to performed additional tests such as blood testing. If your blood sugar is too high, you will have to add more tests and doctor will discuss this with you. Gestational diabetes can often be controlled by a planned diet, regular exercise and sometimes medication, such as insulin daily.

What I should be concerned about?

Your belly may itch for some time. That’s because when your belly grows, the skin will dilate quickly and moisture loss, there by causing itching and discomfort. Try not to scratch you belly because it will only make you feel more itchy and cause skin irritation. Moisturizer can temporarily restrain itch, so apply moisturizer regularly. Anti-itch lotion such as calamine or oat milk bath can help relieve the itchiness. However, if your problem does not result from dry or sensitive skin or rash on the stomach, go to see a doctor soon to be checked more carefully.

Doctor Visits

What should I tell my doctor?

At this time, your uterus may begin to practice for labor and birth. The launch contractions are called Braxton Hicks. They are painless and like the feeling of pressure near the top of the uterus or lower abdomen. Braxton Hicks physiology contractions also known as false labor because they are very different from the real childbirth contractions. Braxton Hicks contractions occur on a schedule lengths but with different intensity. During childbirth, contractions often occur according to molds, longer period of time, stronger and closer together. Therefore, it is easy to confuse Braxton Hicks contractions for childbirth truth. Contact your doctor immediately if you have these contractions that make you concern, especially if they become painful or spasms more than 6 times in an hour. The biggest difference between the birth contractions and Braxton Hicks is the effects on your cervix. With Braxton Hicks contractions, your cervix will not change while in actual childbirth contractions, the cervix begins to open up. You may need to consult a physician to determine what are real contractions.

What tests should I know about?

Until now, going to doctor has started to become a good habit. You can attend that the doctor will check whether some items are as follows, although there may be different depending on your specific needs and how to check:

  • Measure your weight and blood pressure;
  • Check urine for glucose and protein;
  • Check the fetal heart rate;
  • Measure the size of the uterus by external palpation (feeling from the outside) to see how it correlates to the date of birth;
  • The height of the bottom position (top of the uterus);
  • Check the swelling of hands and feet, check the varicose veins in the legs;
  • The symptoms you have experienced, especially those symptoms are not normal;
  • A list of available questions or issues that you want to discuss with your doctor.

Health & Safety

What should I know about being healthy and safe while pregnant?

You can use the free acid drugs as long as you do not take more than the recommended dosage on the label, which will not cause any a serious problem. If you drink too much acid antagonists, you will have constipation, but this will not harm your fetus.

If you plan to face or body waxing, please postpone it when you are pregnant. Although there is no evidence that the use of hair bleach will increase the risk of birth defects in children, but you can minimize any risks by washing the skin with cold water before (to shrink pores) waxing, limitting the amount of time the product stays on your skin.

So next week the fetus will grow like what?

Hello Health Group does not provide any advice, diagnosis or medical treatment.

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