Pregnancy Week 24

How big is your baby?
The measurement is now at around 11.81 inches (30cm) and your baby is now weighingapproximately 1.32 pounds (600g).

How big are you?
Your uterus should be about 2 inches (5.1cm) above your belly button by now,which is almost 9.4 inches (24cm) above your pubic symphysis.

How is your baby developing and growing
Your baby is starting to fill out and his/her face and body will be startingto look more like that of an infant at birth with each passing day, even if it onlyweighs a little over a pound and is still tiny. Most of your babys weight gain atthis stage is muscle, bone mass and developing organs.

Changes In You
Some women suffer from nasal stuffiness during their pregnancy, or even frequentnosebleeds.

It is believed that this may be due to the hormonal changes that your body is goingthrough as your body is changing and adapting with your pregnancy, which in turncauses the blood vessels in your nasal passageways to swell and bleed more frequently.

Good ways of dealing or preventing this from happening is to use a humidifier, increasingyour fluid intake or to speak to your healthcare provider about nasal decongestants which is safe to use during pregnancy.

Your Nutrition
Many women are concerned about what they can eat during their pregnancy, suchas, Mexican food, spicy food, Greek or Thai if they eat out. It is safe to eat outduring your pregnancy, but it is best to try and stick to the same kinds of foodsas you eat at home or at least what you know you are comfortable eating. One thingyou may find during your pregnancy is that foods you used to enjoy may give youheartburn or not agree with you and so you should avoidthem.

This Week with Dr Miriam Stoppard

You should be ensuring that your calcium intake is at the right levels.

You should be ensuring that your calcium intake is at the right levels. Calcium during pregnancy is important for both you and your developing baby.The calcium will help you meet your requirements and help your babys teeth, bones,heart and nerves develop. It was initially believed that 1200mg of calcium was neededeach day during pregnancy, but new research shows that pregnant women only need1000mg per day.

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Pregnancy Week 24