This is the time when your baby has a possibility of survival if they were born early. When you are 24 weeks pregnant, your baby will be considered viable.
The little one will be the nearly a foot long, and it will be about the size of an ear of corn. They weigh approximately 600g and will be gaining more and more weight each week. When you reach 24 weeks of pregnancy, your baby would be regarded viable and with a possibility of survival if they were born early.
Even though your baby is mostly just laying down flat now, and getting a bit longer, there are some definite changes also taking place within their body. Their small lungs are now maturing so that they can breathe actual air instead of the fluid, and the organs in their ears are beginning to develop further so they can properly work out sounds – mainly your voice and heartbeat.
Their face will now be entirely formed along with the eyelashes, eyebrows and hair. However, this will still be white in colour due to lack of pigment. Nevertheless, it will begin change its colour soon.
Your baby is developing steadily and would have gained nearly 4 ounces since the previous week. That puts him at around 1 1/3 pounds. At this point, he/she will cut a lean figure since it is almost a foot long and is just about the length of an ear of corn. However, his body is filling out proportionally, and he’ll shortly begin to plump up. His brain is also growing quickly now, and his taste buds are continuing to develop. His skin will be thin and translucent, but that will begin to change soon.
The nostrils of your baby are opening now in order to practise breathing”. They will go through the same movements of real breathing but breathe amniotic fluid rather than air.
Baby’s Length: The length of the baby will be around 11.81 inches.
Baby’s Weight: The baby will weigh about 1.32 lb.
Lungs: The lungs of your baby will now develop “branches” of the respiratory “tree” as well as cells that will generate surfactant, which is a substance that aids the air sacs in the lungs to inflate quickly.
Skin: You may need to keep yourself moisturised since your skin may be sensing a bit itching and dry as it stretches.
Taste buds: The taste buds of your baby is developing.
Uterus: The crown of your uterus is now an inch or so above your navel, making it nearly the size of a soccer ball.
In the previous weeks, the top of your uterus has risen above your belly button and is now nearly the size of a soccer ball. Most women have a glucose screening test which is also called a glucose challenge test or GCT, between this week and 28 weeks. This test inspects for gestational diabetes, which is a pregnancy-linked high-blood-sugar condition.
Untreated diabetes raises your chance of having a difficult vaginal delivery or requiring a cesarian section since it causes your baby to grow too large, particularly in his upper body. It also increases your baby’s chances of other complications such as low blood sugar soon after birth. A positive result on the GCT doesn’t indicate that you have gestational diabetes, but it does suggest that you’ll have to take the glucose tolerance test (GTT) to find out for sure.