Your baby is around 30cm long now, with fully-developed lungs preparing to breathe air instead of fluid.
Although it’s unlikely to happen, it’s reassuring to know that if your baby was born now, he or she would have a good chance of making it, with lots of special care in the early stages.
You will find that your baby will be quite active but you may notice that movement has become predictable as they explores their surroundings and then rest.
You may start to feel a bit clumsy as your centre of gravity continues to shift.
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Piles are an unfortunate side effect of pregnancy and can be sore and itchy. Make sure that you drink plenty of water and eat high-fibre foods. Find out more about mid-pregnancy discomforts.
your 24 week pregnant body can feel more hot and sweaty than normal; this is because more blood is pumping around your body. Try wearing layers so you can remove as and when you need and remember to drink plenty of water.
Your 24 week pregnant weight gain may cause your posture to change. This is because your pregnancy hormones have caused your joints to soften. Exercise can help counteract the stress you’re putting on your back but also just being aware of the way you are standing may also help.
What to think about
Don’t be shy when it comes to talking to your baby. They will begin to recognise high and low pitched sounds as well as your voice. So it’s a great time to start bonding. Encourage your partner to have a chat too.
Even though your baby is already well developed by this stage, it is still vital that you eat well and look after yourself with moderate exercise. Keep up those pelvic floor exercises, and you’ll thank us later!
Make the most of your energy peak as during your third trimester you might not feel up to browsing. Have a think about what baby necessities that you need. Why not ask your family and friends to recommend their favourite baby products like buggies and car seats and start to think about your budget?
With your due date getting closer and closer, get prepared and watch our video below for some tips about what to pack in your hospital bag.
See our video below for some top tips from the experts on what to pack in your hospital bag