Original URL: http://pregnancy.familyeducation.com/second-trimester/week-24.html

pregnancy.familyeducation.com

Second Trimester 1stTrimester     3rd Trimester

Previous
Week

Your 24th Week

Your baby's body systems are becoming more and more efficient.

Next
Week

The eyelids are still closed.Fine, soft lanugo hairs keep a layer of greasy vernix on the skin.The skin is starting to develop a protective outer layer of keratinized cells.At 24 weeks the average crown to heel length is 10.9 inThe baby's rapid heart rate has slowed down a little.The lungs are not ready for the outside world but their function is rapidly improving.

A baby getting prepared for independent life needs all the help you can give her. Keep up your good habits by nourishing the two of you with healthy food; and make sure your own body is in peak physical condition to support your pregnancy. Some minor discomforts, such as feeling too hot, leg cramps, and hemorrhoids may be plaguing you. These annoying problems are only temporary and will disappear once your baby is born.

Excerpted from Pregnancy Day by Day.
Copyright © 2009 Dorling Kindersley Limited.
Buy this book now!

© 2000-2014 Pearson Education, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

DCSIMG