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Pregnancy Week by Week – Week 24

The fundus (top of the uterus) reaches just above your navel. You will experience the baby’s movements and may even be understand the sleep/wake cycles of your baby. It is important to recognize the signs of premature labor from around the 24th week of pregnancy.

Premature labor can be more common in the summer months, owing to dehydration in some women, so you should consume lots of water. Contact your health care professional if you have any signs of premature labor. Pregnancy signs also include a more rotund appearance of the mother and exhaustion and tiredness on her part.

Your baby is almost completely formed, and significant weight gain is there on its body. The purpose of the brown fat is to retain body heat. Newborns are poor at regulating body temperature in the beginning till they get used to it. He/she weighs in at 1 lb 5 ounces (595 grams) and 30 cms or 11.8 inches total length.

You may start feeling a tightening of your uterus or abdomen from time to time. This is not a cause for worry. This is normal and is called Braxton Hicks contractions. In reality, the uterus actually contracts at all phases of a woman’s life. But this can be noticed only when the uterus is full — like at the 24th week. Pregnancy symptoms at this stage also include frequent urination, breast changes, constipation, heartburn, headaches, stretch marks, itching etc.

At your doctor’s appointments you’ll be measured for fundal weight and height. Your doctor may also suggest a glucose tolerance test at this stage to have you checked for gestational diabetes which is common in some women. The vitamin and calcium supplements must be continued and a good healthy pregnancy diet must be followed.

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