Feeling unsteady on your feet? When you're 24 weeks pregnant this is absolutely normal — and you can expect your unsteadiness to gradually increase until your little one is born. At 24 weeks fetus is the size of a corn, and he keeps growing at a furious pace. An interesting fact: if your baby was born now, he would have about a 50% chance of surviving. But don’t worry — most women give birth after at least 38 weeks of pregnancy, so you and your little one will be fine!
Up until now, the top of your uterus has risen above your belly button, and now your uterus size is about a soccer ball. Your tummy is quite large at this point, and will leave you feeling unsteady on your feet as your center of gravity shifts. You’ll want to stay away from anything that can worsen your unsteadiness, such as wearing high heels.
Also, be sure to lay down whenever you feel dizzy, and preferably be around something that you can grab and hold onto.
During week 24, many women experience lots of dental problems, such as gum bleeding and sensitivity. If you’re worried that your pearly whites won’t be able to withstand pregnancy, then start being more diligent about your oral hygiene. This means lots of brushing, flossing, and mouthwash. Pregnant women have access to free dental care, so be sure to have a few checkups to ensure that everything is just fine!
Many mommies-to-be also report heartburn, sore feet, muscle aches, fatigue, and dizziness during the 24th week of pregnancy. The latter is a symptom of anemia, so it’s important to mention it to your doctor or midwife. Iron-deficiency anemia appears due to increased blood volume during pregnancy, so it’s important to get more of this mineral in order to prevent it.
Your Baby at 24 Weeks
How big is a baby at 24 weeks? Week 24 comes with big changes for your baby, although they aren’t visible to the eye. He’s now the size of a corn, and weighs around 530 grams. Right now, he’s in the process of gaining weight, so don’t worry — he’ll soon have that cute chubby appearance that you’ll fall in love with! Subtle changes are taking place in his body as well. His little lungs are now maturing so they can breathe actual air rather than just fluid.
They are fetal developing “branches” of the respiratory “tree” system, as well as cells that produce surfactant, a substance that will help his air sacs inflate once he’s born. The organs in the ears are also starting to develop, which will help him work out sounds such as your heartbeat or voice. The eyes still lack pigment during the 24th week of pregnancy, but they will start to get colored pretty soon. His eyelashes, eyebrows and hair are fully formed now. At this point, the skin is thin and translucent, but will start to thicken as fat builds up.
Ultrasound Images of 24 Week Pregnancy
Bellies at 24 Weeks
Now that you’ve hit week 24, it’s important to continue to eat a healthy diet and make sure that you’re getting enough iron.
Also, protect your skin against sunlight to avoid worsening of the skin pigment (the pregnancy “mask”). Also, avoid standing up for extended amounts of time, otherwise you’re making yourself more prone to varicose veins.
Don’t get up too suddenly, or else you risk getting dizzy — and since your tummy is changing your center of gravity, you’ll probably feel very unsteady on your feet.