Pregnancy Calendar Week 24
YOUR PREGNANCY WEEK BY WEEK:WHAT’S HAPPENING IN WEEK 24
From head to toe, your baby is about 8-10 inches long and weighs in around one and a half pounds. Speaking of her head, it now has hair—complete with color, too. Your baby is moving more, which aids her healthy development, and she’s now got her sense of balance. And for you, mom-to-be? These later months of pregnancy are exciting on one hand—you’re getting closer to delivering, after all! But they also continue to bring on more pregnancy woes to wrestle with.
At 24 weeks pregnant, irritating leg symptoms may be making a restful sleep practically impossible while you also start noticing a tendency to be forgetful and a little foggy.
Restless Leg Syndrome
Are uncomfortable, itchy, tingling and “creepy crawly” sensations in your legs keeping you from getting good sleep these days?
Unfortunately, many expecting moms report these distressing feelings of restless leg syndrome (RLS). Strong urges to move your legs tend to accompany the symptoms and they’re typically worse when you’re trying to sleep, sit or get some rest.
Most of the time, it’s difficult for doctors to determine the cause of RLS. Dietary factors including iron deficiency are thought to contribute to RLS along with genes, hormones, circulatory issues, chronic diseases and medications potentially playing a role in the development and severity of the condition.Here’s what you can do to help alleviate RLS symptoms:
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· <!–[endif]–>Make sure you’re getting enough sleep and rest. This can be hard with RLS, but establishing good sleep habits can help
· <!–[endif]–>Take warm baths or use heating pads (applied only on your legs).
· <!–[endif]–>Massage your legs.
· <!–[endif]–>As your doctor about getting tested for iron-deficiency anemia, which may be causing your symptoms.<!–[if !supportLists]–>
· <!–[endif]–>Try yoga, meditation, deep breathing and other relaxation techniques.Oftentimes, pregnant women find RLS symptoms challenging to get rid of, so this may be something you’ll have to live with as best you can until you deliver. After that, your symptoms should subside.
Forgetfulness (AKA: Pregnancy Brain!)
Does it seem like you’re forgetting just about everything these days? Is your absentmindedness becoming an annoying part of everyday life?Welcome to the frustrating phenomenon known as a pregnancy brain.Your hormones are at it again, this time taking a toll on your memory. And you’re in good company with many expecting moms who cope with this common, classic pregnancy symptom. Forgetting where you parked your car, where you put your purse and what you just read in your favorite magazine is completely normal.The good news is that this pregnancy-induced forgetfulness will fade away a few months after your baby is born. For now, try these tips to make this temporary memory loss more manageable:
· <!–[endif]–>Write down—or record in your phone or computer—whatever you need to remember. Put everything important right inside a “master calendar” that you can always refer to.
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· <!–[endif]–>Take some pressure off by reducing your commitments, chores, appointments and other things on your to-do list.
· <!–[endif]–>Don’t get too agitated. This too shall pass, so try to laugh off pregnancy brain and just let things slide.
In the 24th week of pregnancy, your baby continues to grow and develop by leaps and bounds:
Your baby is moving more.
We likely don’t need to tell you that your baby’s movements are in high gear—we’re pretty sure you’re probably well aware! If you’ve been feeling her kick and move and spin around more nowadays, that’s a good sign. With every twist and turn, all of your baby’s movements are helping to develop her nervous system, strengthen her bones, stimulate muscle growth, and keep her joints flexible.
Your baby has her sense of balance.
As your little one tumbles and turns and floats in amniotic fluid, her movements are helping to develop her equilibrium. Specifically, they’re stimulating a structure in her inner ears that aids the brain in processing information about body position and motion. Am I upside down or right side up in my mommy’s womb? With her sense of balance working well here in week 24, your baby now knows the answer!
Your baby is growing hair on her head.
In addition to the fine, soft layer of lanugo that’s covering your baby’s body, her head has begun to sprout some hair, too. And, if you could see it, you’d be able to tell if she’s a blonde, redhead or brunette. You’d also be able to feel its texture developing. Your baby’s hair will continue to grow during your pregnancy, but keep in mind that most babies are born with just a little bit of hair on their heads (or none at all). When she’s born, that first layer will fall out with a mature layer of hair starting to grow when she’s about 6 months old.
Diet and Exercise Tips You Should Follow
To keep you and your baby healthy, follow these tips in week 24:
Eat foods that are good for your baby’s eyes.
Your baby’s eyes are highly developed now and can detect the difference between light and dark. Eat foods rich in Beta-carotene that aid her eye development like carrots, spinach and sweet potatoes. Start today with a spinach omelette and raise your babyQ score.
Add water aerobics to your routine.
Particularly here in the second trimester, when it can be harder to keep your balance with a growing belly, why not give prenatal water aerobics a try? It’s a terrific exercise that offers the same benefits of regular aerobics, and it should be easy to find a class in your community. It’s a great way to work out your heart and body while enjoying the company of other expecting mothers.
Things You Should Do
· <!–[endif]–>Your baby’s ability to respond to stress is now increasing. Wake up early enough to cook eggs for breakfast and relax a little before your day begins. A rushed morning can make you feel stressed the rest of the day.
· <!–[endif]–>Incorporate relaxation techniques into your day like deep breathing, guided imagery, stretching and prenatal yoga to help enhance your mood, reduce stress and sleep better—all of which are good and healthy for your developing baby.
Words You Should Know
Feeding of a baby with milk from a woman’s breast.
Softening and thinning of a pregnant woman’s cervix in preparation for labor.
A professional who’s trained to help mothers learn how to breastfeed their babies.
A childbirth philosophy that focuses on minimizing medical interventions, particularly the use of anesthesia, episiotomies, forceps and caesarean sections.