Your Guide to Being 24 Weeks Pregnant:
How do you feel at the end of your second trimester?
An important milestone this week – your baby is now viable. In other words, she’d have a good (around 40 per cent) chance of survival, with medical help, if she was born right now. Nevertheless, with every day that passes, her lungs mature a little more and her chances of survival get better.
Your baby is very active because she still has plenty of room to move around inside you. Her brain is developing fast. Her skin is still fragile and transparent, with her blood vessels, bones and organs visible through it, but over the coming weeks it’ll thicken and become padded with fat until it’s opaque, like yours.
What’s happening to you
Knowing that your baby would have a fighting chance outside the womb is very reassuring, and chances are you’re beginning to worry less and enjoy your pregnancy. However, these later months are when you want to keep an eye out complications such as pre-eclampsia and gestational diabetes, so never skip an antenatal appointment. You may feel 100 per cent, but some worries are only picked up by routine blood pressure and urine checks.
You’re probably beginning to recognise your baby’s pattern of movements in the womb. Some seem to move constantly, while others are quieter. Her movements are an important indicator of her wellbeing, so if you notice she’s significantly less active than usual, phone the maternity ward – they’ll arrange for you to be monitored to check all is well.
Some pregnant women find they’re more prone to headaches, thanks to hormonal changes and fluctuating blood sugar. Paracetamol is safe to take in pregnancy, and make sure you drink plenty and eat regularly to stabilise your sugar levels.
When to check it out
In rare cases, blinding headaches can be a sign of pre-eclampsia, especially if you also have nausea, visual disturbances and/or swelling. If you have these symptoms, contact a doctor or midwife immediately, as the condition can be dangerous for you and your baby.
‘To do’ this week
Go shopping! Now that your baby has a good chance of surviving in the big wide world, it’s time to put your superstitions aside and prepare for her arrival. By late pregnancy, you’ll feel too huge for hardcore shopping, so get started now.
Wow! Did you know…
Your baby’s eyelids will open properly around now, and she’ll begin to experience rapid eye movement (REM) sleep – the state associated with dreaming.