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Pregnancy Week 24

Pregnancy Week 24

Baby Development

At week 24 of pregnancy, the baby’s growth and development progress significantly. The baby measures about 8.5 inches (21.6 cm) in length and weighs around 1.3 pounds (600 grams). The baby’s organs, such as the lungs and brain, continue to mature. Eyebrows, eyelashes, and hair on the head start to grow. The baby’s skin becomes less translucent and wrinkled due to fat accumulation. The bones continue to harden, and the skeletal system becomes more developed. The baby’s senses are also developing, with the ability to hear sounds from the outside world, including the mother’s voice.

Changes in mother

During the 24th week of pregnancy, the mother’s body goes through several changes. The uterus continues to expand, reaching about 1 inch above the belly button. The mother may experience increased backache and discomfort due to the growing belly. Hormonal changes may cause skin pigmentation, such as darkening of the nipples and a linea nigra (dark vertical line on the abdomen). Stretch marks may appear on the belly, breasts, and hips. Some women may experience occasional Braxton Hicks contractions. The mother may also notice increased vaginal discharge. It’s important to stay hydrated, eat a balanced diet, and continue prenatal care during this stage.

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Pregnancy Week 24 symptoms

During the 24th week of pregnancy, mothers commonly experience various symptoms. Some may continue from earlier stages, while new ones may emerge. Common symptoms include increased fatigue, backaches, and pelvic discomfort due to the growing belly. Hormonal changes can cause mood swings and emotional ups and downs. The expanding uterus may lead to frequent urination and heartburn. Varicose veins and swollen ankles may also become more pronounced. Some women may experience round ligament pain or Braxton Hicks contractions. Additionally, nasal congestion, indigestion, and difficulty sleeping can be present. Mothers must communicate concerns with healthcare providers for proper guidance and support.

Important Tips

What to do

  1. At the 24th week of pregnancy, a mother should prioritize regular prenatal check-ups, maintain a balanced diet, stay active with recommended exercises, get enough rest, manage stress, and consider attending childbirth classes for preparation. Consult healthcare professionals for personalized guidance and support.

What to avoid

  1. During the 24th week of pregnancy, a mother should avoid certain things to ensure her well-being and the baby’s health. These include smoking, alcohol, illicit drugs, excessive caffeine, raw or undercooked foods, unpasteurized dairy products, and exposure to harmful chemicals or substances. It’s important to consult healthcare professionals for a comprehensive list of foods and activities to avoid.

When to Consult a Doctor

It is important for a mother to consult her doctor during the 24th week of pregnancy if she experiences any of the following:

  1. Vaginal bleeding or spotting.
  2.  Severe abdominal pain or cramping
  3. Sudden and severe headaches
  4. Vision changes or blurred vision
  5. Severe dizziness or fainting spells
  6. Severe or persistent nausea and vomiting
  7. Sudden weight gain or swelling in the hands, face, or legs
  8. Decreased fetal movement or no fetal movement
  9. Signs of preterm labor, such as regular contractions or a constant, dull backache
  10. Any concerns or questions regarding her health or the baby’s well-being

It’s always better to consult a healthcare professional if unusual symptoms or concerns arise during pregnancy.


During the 24th week of pregnancy, mothers experience physical changes and symptoms. They should attend prenatal check-ups, eat well, stay active, rest, manage stress, avoid harmful substances, and consult a doctor if any concerns arise. It is important to prioritize both self-care and regular medical guidance.

  1. N H S
  2. Healthdirect Australia
  3. The Cleveland Clinic
    Fetal Development 
  4. The Mayo Clinic
    Fetal development
  5. Women Health
    Pregnancy: Stages of pregnancy


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