Just a few weeks away from your third trimester, you’re probably full of questions about the changes that are happening to your baby and body. Now that you’re 24 weeks pregnant, your baby could now survive outside of the uterus with the right support. But as they are currently only the size of an eggplant, there’s still a lot of growing to do inside your belly.
From your baby gaining finger and toe prints to bouts of annoying backache, read on to find out what to expect at 24 weeks in, with advice from a Flo expert.
Your baby at 24 weeks pregnant
Your baby starts reacting to noise
Now that you’re 24 weeks pregnant, your baby is starting to react to noises going on outside of your uterus. One fascinating study suggests that babies in the uterus pay attention when they hear their mom’s voice. The study also found that babies at 21 to 33 weeks moved their arms, heads, and mouths in response to their mom’s bump being stroked, which is a lovely way to start bonding with your baby!
Developing finger and toe prints
There are more fascinating developments going on this week, as your baby would now be able to make a visible finger or toe print. These unique combinations of teeny whorls, loops, and arches indented in their skin are one of a kind and will remain the same for the rest of their life. The size, shape, and appearance of finger and toe prints are influenced by multiple genetic factors as well as the environment inside your uterus. Pretty amazing when you think about it.
How big is a baby at 24 weeks?
Length (crown to heel): 32 cm or 12.6 in.
Weight: 670 g or 1.5 lb.
Size: Equivalent to an eggplant
All measurements are approximate and vary within the normal range.