The end of the second trimester is in sight now you 24 weeks pregnant are. Your baby is about the same size as a corn cob this week and has a length of 32 centimeters with a weight of about 560 grams. Your belly will probably have grown considerably and that is of course not crazy since your baby gets heavier by the week. In addition, your uterus is now as big as a football!
The development of the baby at 24 weeks pregnant
Your baby is currently protected by a thin layer of wax called vernix. This layer will disappear in the coming weeks. If your baby is born prematurely, he or she will have this layer on his skin. That looks like a white haze. Children who are born after 40 weeks of gestation almost no longer have the white layer.
Your baby had almost no fat so far. This fat will increase from this week and subcutaneously. The baby grease must protect your child against the cold when it is born later. That is why children who are already coming to this world from this week are first placed in an incubator. That way they stay warm and they can continue to develop fat and a good weight. If the baby is about 2500 grams, he or she may leave the incubator.
From 24 weeks pregnant your baby is viable
If you are 24 weeks pregnant and like it early, your baby is already viable. This means that from now on doctors will do everything to keep your baby alive. Of course it is better for your child if he or she stays there for a while.
24 Weeks pregnant: The influence of stress
The hearing of your baby is currently fully developed. This allows your child to respond to sounds in his or her environment. For example when you have a screaming quarrel or when there are loud noises around you. The child can startle or react to your reaction. This also makes your baby susceptible to the stress you experience and he or she can become restless. Do not try to take too much hay on your fork and always take enough rest.
Sleep rhythm of the baby
Your baby is now developing a sleep rhythm and wake rhythm. That is also one of the reasons why it is important to take sufficient rest when you have been pregnant for twenty-four weeks. If you are constantly busy and have a lot of stress during pregnancy, that will disturb your baby's rhythm. This can be even noticeable even after the delivery to the behavior of your baby by crying a lot.
The rhythm of the baby is often not equal to your rhythm. Often even the opposite. When you are busy, you will rock your baby asleep through your movements. But when you lie down, the chances are that your baby decides to get into a good mood.
Usually your child sleeps between 16 to 20 hours a day. This way he or she can continue to grow. The organs are now completely matured except for the lungs. Your baby is already practicing and is breathing more and more amniotic fluid. It will only take a few weeks until the lungs are completely finished and your child can survive outside the womb.
24 weeks pregnant: In the pregnancy calendar you follow the development of your baby from week to week