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Pregnancy Week 24

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Pregnancy week 24 and the countdown is on. Only 16 weeks to go until the due date! Time is probably beginning to drag by as days seem like weeks, and weeks like months. Pregnancy can feel like the longest 40 weeks ever but Rome wasn't built in a day! It takes time for a fetus to develop into a healthy little bundle of joy. So, Mom and Dad should cherish this time they have together and make the best of it. Before long they will be riding home from the hospital with their little baby boy or girl in tow. Let's take a look at what is happening with Mom and baby this week.

Changes in the Mother's Body

There is a possibility that some time during pregnancy week 24 and week 28, a pregnant woman's doctor may order a routine test called glucose tolerance. The reason for this test if to determine whether or not there is the presence of gestational diabetes. Most of the time everything is fine but unfortunately some woman do develop this condition. Mom's uterus is approximately 1 1/2 to 2 inches above her belly button at this time. It is crucial for women to report any unusual vaginal discharges to her physician from here on out.

Development of the Baby

During pregnancy week 24 the baby will gain just about 6 ounces as his or her little body starts to fill out. The weight is mostly in muscle mass, growing organs, tissues, and bone mass. By the end of the week the baby will weigh in at right about 1 1/3 pounds. The baby will keep the steady growth pattern over the next several weeks as his/her tiny organs continue to mature. Baby will remain active this week. As the weeks go by Mom will be able to feel baby move much more prominently.

Diet and Exercise

Mom should still be consuming her regular 3500 calories a day. Smaller more frequent meals are suggested to eliminate her becoming too full or uncomfortable. Sometimes constipation is an issue for pregnant women so plenty of fresh fruits and fresh fruit juices should be consumed daily. This will help keep everything flowing regularly. Drinking plenty of water is a great way to keep toxins filtering efficiently through Mom's liver and kidneys. Daily walks are still the best form of exercise, along with kegel exercises.

Tips for Dads

This is the best possible time to break out that camera Dad! Mom will want to have plenty of photos of her pregnancy to show to her children and grandchildren! Keep sakes are a very important part of pregnancy and childbirth. Mom is only going to be pregnant with this baby once and she will appreciate any effort that is made to freeze these moments in time. Perhaps the pictures can be compiled and made into a quilt or other such memento that can be given to the baby and kept for years to come.

While pregnancy may seem like a chore right now, most parents, especially moms will look back on it with the fondest of memories. Even the most difficult days will be looked back on with warmth, once that baby makes his or her entrance into the world.