Week 24 of Pregnancy - FamilyEducation

Week 24 of Pregnancy

Second Trimester

Your 24th Week

Your baby's body systems are becoming more and more efficient.
24 week fetus in uterus
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.
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.

You are 23 Weeks and 1 Day Pregnant

Your baby todayThere is no light in the uterus, but 3D ultrasound is designed to produce highlights and shadows to give the same effect as if you shone a flashlight into the uterus. Now your baby may be holding her hands flexed into a fist. read more

You are 23 Weeks and 2 Days Pregnant

Your baby todayYou will probably be aware of your baby's movements by now: the number of movements and their nature will vary during the day and night and you may notice that they start to form into a particular pattern or respond to your own activity. read more

You are 23 Weeks and 3 Days Pregnant

Your baby todayUltrasound uses sound waves of a very high frequency, well beyond the audible range of the human ear, so your baby's hearing will be completely unaffected by the sound waves transmitted during these scans that check her growth and development. read more

You are 23 Weeks and 4 Days Pregnant

Your baby todayThe joints and bones of the hand are still very soft, although the cartilage skeleton is now gradually being replaced by bone. This image shows well the numerous capillaries supplying blood to the hands, right down to the fingertips. read more

You are 23 Weeks and 5 Days Pregnant

Your baby todayIn this color 2D ultrasound scan the baby is lying face upward. it is now increasingly difficult to show the whole baby using this type of ultrasound because it only shows a thin slice at any one time. Here, only the upper part of the baby can be seen. read more

You are 23 Weeks and 6 Days Pregnant

Your baby todayYour baby is now making regular deep breathing movements. These have been present for some weeks, but not in a sustained and coordinated fashion. These breathing movements are critical for the development and expansion of your baby's lungs. read more

You are 24 Weeks Exactly Pregnant

Your baby todayAs your pregnancy advances your baby's skeleton starts to harden, reflecting more of the ultrasound beam and casting black shadows. In this scan, the forehead casts a shadow, and it is no longer allowing the brain beneath to be easily seen. read more