You are 6 months into your pregnancy. You've most likely gained 14 to 16 pounds (6-7 kg). If you followed the guidelines of a healthy pregnancy diet, like to avoid eating a lot of sweets and focus on protein and vegetables, you shouldn't gain excess weight. Here’s what you can expect when you’re 24 weeks pregnant.

Your baby at week 24 of pregnancy

How big is your baby at 24 weeks pregnant?

Your baby has been growing steadily during this time and is now sizeable enough to be compared to an eggplant. He weighs about one and a third pounds (450 g) and measures 11.5 inches (29 cm).

However, it is still too early in the pregnancy for the baby to have some sort of consistent movement pace you are able to follow.

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A couple of hours without feeling movement from your baby shouldn't be concerning yet, because the baby still has enough space inside the uterus to turn its back towards the outside of your belly. A baby can stay in this position for hours or even an entire day.

However, if you don't feel your baby moving for longer periods of time, you should talk to your doctor.

There are many apps available for you to track not the baby's kicks and follow her or his daily rhythm. Your baby could also kick a bit harder when you drink water or cold beverages because it can feel the sudden change of the body temperature.

At 24 weeks pregnant, your baby is the size of an eggplant

Position of baby at 24 weeks pregnant

The baby's general position has not changed that much from the previous week and will not do so for till about week 26 or even week 28. At the moment, he’s still in the upright position, with the head facing away from the cervix and birth canal.

Depending on your baby's position, you might feel it kicking and stretching constantly throughout the day, but they can also settle down and be more still for hours.

Pregnancy week 24 fetal development

At 24 weeks, your baby has developed all of his body parts including the face. The skin of the baby is reddish and has a wrinkled appearance because of the lack of underlying connective tissue it is thin and translucent.

It is about the size of a foot but depending on your body type it still may be too early for the pregnancy to notice significantly.

At this stage, babies have developed several organ systems the respiratory system and the central nervous system have not differentiated sufficiently, and coordination between the two systems is not yet well established. Your baby has the recognizable form of a newborn, but she's yet to grow fatty supplies and gain in weight. If this is your first pregnancy, there's still a chance that your belly is not showing almost at all.

Your baby gained about 4 ounces (113 g) since last week. He is currently developing his taste buds and he's able to hear sounds coming from the environment. The baby’s internal organs are beginning to do function, including liver and spleen.

Your body at week 24 of pregnancy

You are 6 months into your pregnancy. You've most likely gained 14 to 16 pounds (6-7 kg). If you followed the guidelines of a healthy pregnancy diet, like to avoid eating a lot of sweets and focus on protein and vegetables, you shouldn't gain excess weight.

At 24 weeks, morning sickness and other pesky symptoms should ease. Your body continues to change but these changes aren't very drastic. You can feel sharp pains in the abdomen or in your lower back, a sensation similar to menstrual cramping.

For some women it's difficult to distinguish these things from early labor, meaning that you should talk to your doctor about how to make a difference between these normal stretching pains and genuine contractions.

The rule of thumb is that contractions are rhythmic, and they will appear in time periods of 10 and 15 minutes. Before "true" labor begins, you might have so-called “false" labor, (prodromal labor) pains, also known as Braxton Hicks contractions.

However, they shouldn't be regular or rhythmic within a couple of hours. If you feel like your pains are repeating every 10 or 15 minutes make sure to visit your doctor right away.

You might feel uncomfortable pressure and pain in your pelvis and the joints, and you could also start suffering from heartburn indigestion. At this stage of pregnancy, you could start experiencing constipation, gas, and bloating. Now is the time more attention to your diet and avoid processed foods, as well as overly spicy foods.

24 weeks pregnant belly

It's hard to define the normal size of a pregnant belly at 24 weeks.

How big your belly will depend a lot on your height, pre-pregnancy weight, and body type, but also whether or not this is your first pregnancy.

Depending on how firm your abdominal muscles are, the baby's movements could even show while you're sitting were lying down. The heavier you are the less you will feel and see baby's movements.

So, don't get alarmed if you have gained a bit more weight and you are not seeing or feeling the baby kick as strongly as you would like.

Don't be concerned if your belly looks too large for this stage if this is your second or third pregnancy.

However, if your belly looks too large for 24 weeks, to the point where your belly is covered in stretch marks, there is also another possibility worth mentioning. We are talking about excess amounts of amniotic fluid. Unless your belly is extremely large for this stage of pregnancy don't become overly concerned. However, if you are already showing vast stretch marks and you look well enough 7 or 8 months pregnant, talk to your doctor about this issue you may need an ultrasound examination.

24 weeks pregnant symptoms 

At 24 weeks, you are most likely past your first and second trimester aches and are now moving into trying second-trimester discomfort. While you might feel inspired, energetic, and overall in a good mood, the growing baby could put extra pressure on your bladder and cause frequent urination. Here are other common symptoms at week 24 of pregnancy:

  • You are gaining weight slowly and steadily which isn't a cause for concern. You should gain some weight, but if you notice stations in your weight like, meaning the vast amount of weight gain during a short amount of time or even losing weight, you should visit your obstetrician immediately.
  • Your breasts are now getting bigger, which is one of the more convenient symptoms of the second trimester.
  • Vaginal discharge at this stage causes discomfort from many women. It is up to you and your doctor to establish type and amount of discharge you will consider as normal. This depends on your past health history and your individual body characteristics. 

Increased vaginal discharge is normal at 24 weeks, but it shouldn't have a foul smell, be dark brown, green, or contain reddish tones (pink, burgundy, etc.).

One of the most frequent dilemmas regarding the vaginal discharge is the inability to distinguish whether it's the vaginal discharge soaking your underwear, or there is a possibility of an amniotic leak. Because it's very common for the vaginal discharge to be increased, women often feel scared that they are losing amniotic fluid.

You could be experiencing a tingling sensation in your joints, which is known as carpal tunnel syndrome. It is a common condition during pregnancy which occurs due to fluid build-up in your joints which results in compression of the median nerve.

  • You could also experience piles (hemorrhoids) during pregnancy. Hemorrhoids form due to increased pressure on the blood vessels in the colon. You will prevent piles with getting more rest and making sure not to put pounds faster than usual.
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24 weeks pregnant ultrasound

The baby is the size of a foot, his body averaging 12.6 inches (32 cm), weight is around 1.5 pounds (670 g).

This week, your baby's normal heart rate to will range anywhere from 120 to 160 beats per minute. At this stage, babies have developed most of their systems and organs.

Your baby has the recognizable form of a newborn, including facial features, but she's yet to grow fatty supplies and gain in weight.

24 weeks pregnant lifestyle

Aside from some aches and heartburn, this is the time to start getting ready for the baby to come.

Keep in mind that your baby will be viable in only one week, and with the theoretical possibility of premature labor, you should count on taking it easy past your 30th week. Meaning now is the time to design and prepare your nursery, as well as the baby clothes and supplies.

This is also a great time to adjust your home, install baby proofing, and make other upgrades you find useful. In only a month you will feel too tired and weak to do all these things, so use the time you have now.

Sex at week 24 of pregnancy

Sex is ok at 24 weeks as long as your doctor approves. Your OB/GYN might instruct you not to have sex if there are any risk factors to the pregnancy, history of infection or a risk to induce premature labor.

If your OB/GYN says it's ok to have sex, still make sure to be comfortable and not put any pressure on your belly or lower pelvis.

24 weeks pregnant checklist

Here is a couple of to-do's worth thinking through during your 24th week of pregnancy:

  • Plan postpartum childcare. How soon after childbirth you will be getting back to work? Plan your options with baby care while you're at work.
  • Plan nursery. Now's a great time to set up your nursery, as you still have enough strength to think about the big and small details like furniture, colors, and decorations.
  • Check for gestational diabetes. Gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) is an impairment in glucose metabolism that first manifests during pregnancy.  The best time to screen for diabetes during pregnancy is at the end of the second trimester between 24 and 28 weeks.

Still, it's not safe to leave it untreated, as it can cause premature labor, excess weight gain for the baby, and other health complications. Get a glucose screening test. Problems with blood sugar levels during pregnancy can cause increased appetite and overeating, which is risky for both you and the baby.

What to ask your doctor?

You should feel free to ask your doctor anything but focus on solving the dilemmas typical for this stage of the pregnancy.

Reach an agreement with your obstetrician about:

  • Common color, texture, smell and amount of vaginal discharge for your individual condition.
  • Intensity and frequency of Braxton Hix contractions you will perceive as normal.
  • Amount and type of pain which you will consider normal vs. those you'll find alarming.
  • Frequency and number of baby kicks, and the amount of time without feeling the baby kick past which you'll check in for an ultrasound. This will keep you calm and help prevent pregnancy loss.
  • Recommended diet and activity level for your individual lifestyle and health situation.

The week 24 of your pregnancy is the time of great transformations and changes. The further along into the pregnancy, the harder will it be for you to determine what's "normal" from what's concerning, regarding the symptoms and changes of your body.

To avoid worrying, make sure to establish a norm with your doctor regarding kick count and baby activity, vaginal discharge, abdominal and back pains, as well as swelling.

This way, you will avoid worrying and enjoy the final months of your pregnancy.