24 Weeks Pregnant
At 24 weeks, your baby’s beautiful face is almost fully formed, complete with eyelashes, eyebrows and hair. Right now your baby’s hair is white, since there’s no pigment yet. In a few more weeks, the pigment will come in and your baby will be a little blonde, brunette or red head.
You may have noticed that your baby moves in response to loud sounds and to touch. Research has shown that babies can hear music in the womb and remember it 12 months after they are born. Why not start playing your baby music, or get your partner to sing to your bump? Baby’s heartbeat can now be heard through a stethoscope, and your partner may be able to hear it if he puts his ear to the right place on your abdomen.
Staying healthy during your pregnancy is important for you and your baby. Pilates is a great way to maintain strength in your core back and stomach muscles, which are needed to support your growing bump. As your abdominal muscles stretch to allow room for your growing baby, your posture can change, leading to more pressure on your spine and core muscles. eumom’s physiotherapy expert Aoibhin McGreal offers advice for moms-to-be, as well as tips for five pilates exercises to do during pregnancy.
Your antenatal appointments
If high blood pressure or protein in your urine is found during your antenatal check-ups. you will be monitored more carefully during the following weeks. Both symptoms can be a sign of pre-eclampsia, which can not only lead to slow growth of your baby but, if untreated, also to eclampsia, a potentially life-threatening complication.
It is important to drink lots of fluid in pregnancy. You don’t have to force it down, but generally, try to aim for at least eight glasses of fluid a day, ideally water. Unsweetened fruit juices (preferably diluted) or mild herbal or fruit teas are also fine, but do check that any herbal teas are suitable for use in pregnancy. Try to limit coffee, tea and cola as they can contain caffeine, which can cause loss of fluids from the body making you thirstier. If you need to mix things up, check out the best non-alcoholic drinks for your pregnancy.