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Week 24

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From this week on, you may be able to feel your baby's hiccups in the womb. You'll probably start seeing some motion from the outside, as he or she moves around in the womb. The baby will even respond to certain noises and sounds, such as loud music or the sound of your voice. Your partner will be able to hear a heartbeat if he or she puts an ear to your belly.

Your baby is almost 8.5 inches and is reaching 1.2 pounds. While the major organs and systems are developed, there is still a lot going on! This is a period of rapid growth for you and your baby. The fetus is beginning to produce white blood cells, which will help combat infections and diseases after birth.

Your doctor will schedule an appointment for a glucose tolerance test sometime before the 28th week, to determine if you have gestational diabetes. If you do, you will have to be closely monitored until the end of your pregnancy. You should also be watching your vaginal discharge closely, and telling your caregiver of any changes in odor or color. This could signal an infection, which can cause you to go into early labor.

Your uterus has moved to about 2 inches above your navel, and you'll start gaining a pound per week at this stage of pregnancy. The baby will gain around six ounces in this week alone, made up of mostly muscle and bone mass as well as rapidly growing organs. The baby still has room to move around, but over the next few weeks things will get a lot more cramped!

It's safe to exercise with your doctor's consent, but you'll have to do much more gentle exercises such as water aerobics or pregnancy yoga, which will strengthen your body without putting impact on your joints and muscles. Pregnancy exercise can help a great deal with labor, as you'll be working hard to deliver your baby, and can recover much more quickly after the birth.

You may feel ravenous throughout the day, or have a normal appetite with no unusual cravings. You need to be eating 2500 calories a day, which should come from lean meat and fish, fresh fruits and vegetables, low fat dairy products and whole grains. Treat yourself to occasional sugary or fatty foods, but don't overdo it. Remember to take your prenatal vitamins!

 


 
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