Week 24 of Pregnancy - FamilyEducation

Second Trimester

Your 24th Week

Your baby's body systems are becoming more and more efficient.
A baby getting prepared for independent life needs all the help you can give her. Keep up your good habits by nourishing the two of you with healthy food; and make sure your own body is in peak physical condition to support your pregnancy. Some minor discomforts, such as feeling too hot, leg cramps, and hemorrhoids may be plaguing you. These annoying problems are only temporary and will disappear once your baby is born.
6. The eyelids are still closed. Beneath them, the eyes are protected by a thin membrane.
5. Fine, soft lanugo hairs keep a layer of greasy vernix on the skin.
4. The skin is starting to develop a protective outer layer of keratinized cells.
3. At 24 weeks the average crown to heel length is 10.9 in (27.8 cm) and the average weight is 15.2 oz (430 g).
2. The baby's rapid heart rate has slowed down a little. It is usually easy to detect the heart's beating during a scan.
1. The lungs are not ready for the outside world but their function is rapidly improving.
The eyelids are still closed.Fine, soft lanugo hairs keep a layer of greasy vernix on the skin.The skin is starting to develop a protective outer layer of keratinized cells.At 24 weeks the average crown to heel length is 10.9 inThe baby's rapid heart rate has slowed down a little.The lungs are not ready for the outside world but their function is rapidly improving.

Pregnancy Day by Day

By Consultant Editor, Paula Amato, MD

Excerpted from Pregnancy Day by Day.
Copyright © 2008 Dorling Kindersley Limited.
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