Second Trimester

Pregnancy Calendar: Week 24

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Your baby continues to grow steadily. Since last week, it would have gained around 4 ounces in weight to about 1 ⅓ pounds. Almost a foot long, it is now approximately the size of an ear of corn.

At this point, your baby is still lean but the body is filling out proportionately and will soon begin to take on a plumper form. The brain develops quickly at this stage and the taste buds continue to develop. Your baby’s lungs start to develop bronchial tubes or the “branches” generally associated with the respiratory “tree”. This is a crucial part of your baby’s growth as it is starting to form the cells in the lungs that produce something called a surfactant, a substance that will help the air sacs inflate when it hits the outside world. Your baby’s skin is still quite thin and translucent but will start to change soon.

Common Symptoms

  • Constipation
  • Occasional headaches
  • Lower abdominal achiness
  • Backaches
  • Leg cramps
  • Vision changes
  • Mild swelling of ankles and feet

To-Do List

  • Avoid overheating. Drink lots of fluids, stay in the shade and stay cool.
  • Try not to take long showers in the bath or wear clothing that is too tight, both of which may cause redness and itchy palms.
  • Let dad paint the nursery. Paint fumes may harm your baby, so you’re better off skipping this chore.

Makchic Fun Tip!

Brightly coloured scarves, jewels, bags and shoes look great on any gal — use them in pregnancy to sharpen your look and bring a sense of individual style.

Image: Essential Baby