Week 24 of Pregnancy – He’s a Dreamer!
Description: The baby’s brain is developing more and more – to the point that he is now able to dream. I wonder what he’s dreaming about. I’m sure he’s dreaming about meeting his parents – because now he can hear us trough my uterus.
I feel like I am currently going through a motherhood preview: my baby is perfect, minding his own business – and I’m a hot mess. My little boy is growing in my womb right now, getting ready to thrive in the real world. I, on the other hand, am going through back pain, hormonal rages, and swollen feet.
Still, like every mother, I learn to love the goods and the bads of my baby. He’s trying his best – so I’m also trying my best to hang in there. For other future mothers, here’s what my week 24 pregnancy guide looks like.
The Baby at 24 Weeks Pregnant
Slowly, but surely, I’m reaching the end of my second trimester. Three more weeks, not counting this one! My baby has put on about 4 ounces since last week, and he’s growing steadily. He’s just about as big as an ear of corn or a cantaloupe – so he’s gotten pretty big since last week. I can feel it through my bump. He’s also starting to plump up, becoming more and more of the chubby bunny that I am about to hug.
His brain is growing and developing more and more every day. His senses are also getting sharper than they were last week. With enough help from today’s medicine, he could easily live outside the womb.
His face is completely formed, and he looks like the mini version of what I’m about to give birth to. He’s also starting his REM (Rapid Eye Movements). I wonder what he’s dreaming about.
My Life at 24 Weeks Pregnant
At 24 weeks pregnant, my uterus has gone over my belly button and is about the size of a soccer ball. My OB recommended that I take a glucose screening test, to check for gestational diabetes. It’s rare, but if this pregnancy-related condition occurs, it might cause complications during delivery.
I don’t know if you could call this a symptom, but I’ve been having a lot of weird dreams. This is probably because, on a subconscious level, I’m stressing about preterm labor. This would probably explain why my dreams include giving birth randomly in the most unexpected of places.
The doctor also recommends that I do light exercise such as yoga or walking, and also eat healthily. This will help me stay energized – and avoid indigestion and heartburn. Considering that the baby is pressing more and more against my stomach, I have to avoid unhealthy food – and also eat small portions. Prenatal vitamins also help me stay nourished – but I recommend you choose them based on your doctor’s recommendation.
It is also quite difficult to reach my shoes at this point – mainly since my bump prevents me from bending the way that I want to. My week 24 belly size has gotten pretty significant – which is why I have to improvise when taking on my socks or shoes.
Sleep is also getting difficult at this point. I’m a belly sleeper, and while I have gotten used to sleeping on my side or my back, I still worry that I might roll over in my sleep. This is why my sleep gets interrupted pretty often – and while my baby seems to dream nicely in there, mommy is staring at dark walls.
The week 24 pregnancy symptoms are not really that bad – only slightly annoying. After being pregnant for this long, I’m already starting to get used to them:
- Swollen Feet and Ankles: My feet tend to get rather puffy, particularly when I walk for a fair amount of time. It helps to sit and raise them – so I always try to catch a break whenever I can. However, severe swelling needs to be checked by a doctor – so don’t leave it unattended if you feel like it’s too much.
- Backache: As mentioned, this won’t be going away anytime soon – not until I give birth. The baby is getting bigger, which means that my uterus is pressing against my spine. And this is probably going to get even worse as I reach the end of my term.
- Frequent Urination: Each time I drink a glass of water, it doesn’t take long until I have to go to the toilet. My bladder can’t hold that much anymore, with my uterus continuously pressing against it – so I have currently developed a love-hate relationship with the toilet.
- Leg Cramps: This may probably be related to the fact that I haven’t been drinking enough water lately. It’s important to stay hydrated during pregnancy – but with my bladder being the way that it is, I sometimes skip a glass or two. My bladder approves, but apparently, my muscles don’t.
- Stretch Marks: My husband calls them “tiger stripes” – and there are more of them compared to last week. I have no doubts that I’ll have even more next week.
- Linea Nigra: Because of my pregnancy hormones, I have a dark line that goes up to the center of my belly. However, this line is said to fade a few weeks after I deliver.
Aside from the fact that my back occasionally hurts and I have to perform some strange moves to tie my shoelaces, this week has been pretty good. I’m breaking out the slip-on shoes from now on.
So far, my pregnancy is developing nicely. My baby is growing as he should – and even if he would be delivered right now, with the right care, he would probably survive. However, I do my best to avoid unwanted circumstances, so I try to take care of myself as much as possible.
My advice would be that from this point on, you should stay in close contact with your doctor. Hydrate yourself, do some yoga, especially if your back is bothering you – and avoid strenuous activities. This means that if you had any plans for jumping on a trampoline or doing extensive cardio, you should hold that thought until after you give birth. Your baby won’t become an athlete just because you go to the gymevery day.
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