Pregnancy Week 24.How your baby’s growing
Your baby is steadily growing and has gained about 4 ounces since last week which makes him weigh about 1 1/3 pounds and almost a foot long (about the length of an ear of corn)Baby’s brain brain is quickly growing now, and his taste buds and lungs are developing. His lungs are started to develop”branches” of the respiratory “tree” as well as cells that produce surfactant, a substance that will aid his air sacs inflate once he hits the outside world. Baby’s skin this week is still thin and translucent, but that will start to change soon.
How your life’s changing
Top of your uterus has risen well above your belly button over the last couple of weeks and is now about the size of a soccer ball. Most mums to be undergo a glucose screening test (also called a glucose challenge test or GCT) between now and 28 weeks. This test checks for gestational diabetes, which is a pregnancy-related high-blood-sugar condition.
Should a woman have this and leaves it untreated it could increase the risk of having a difficult vaginal delivery or needing a cesarean section. This happens because gestational diabetes causes your baby to grow too large, especially in his upper body, raising your baby’s odds for other complications like low blood sugar right after birth. If you get a positive result in your GCT you should remain calm as this does not mean you have gestational diabetes, but it does mean that you’ll need to take the glucose tolerance test (GTT) to find out for sure.
Finally, if you are unaware of the signs of preterm labor, now is the time to find out. Talk to your doctor about this.
Learn about: Preterm labor
What are the signs of preterm labor?
If before 37 weeks, you notice any of the signs listed underneath, call your doctor immediately.
- If you notice that your vaginal discharge has increased significantly
- Your vaginal discharge has changed in its normal type – if you notice that the vaginal discharge becomes watery, mucus-like, or bloody (even if it’s pink or just tinged with blood) call your doctor immediately
- If you notice any trace of vaginal bleeding or spotting,
- Abdominal pain, menstrual-like cramping, or more than four contractions in one hour (even if they don’t hurt)
- An increase in pressure in the pelvic area (a feeling that your baby is pushing down)
- Low back pain, especially if you didn’t previously have back pain
You should however note that these symptoms can be confusing because some of them, such as pelvic pressure or low back pain, are normal occurrences during pregnancies too. Also early contractions may just be harmless Braxton hicks contractions. But like I usually say, its best to be safe than sorry. So mummies, if you notice an unusual change in your body, call your doctor right away.
When I was pregnant with my first, I would immediately run to my doctor should I notice any change, while this is not advisable, its best you have your doctor on speed dial just in case.