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Highlights this week

Fetal facial workout

Your baby's eyebrows just sprouted a few weeks ago, and now he's working his facial muscles by raising them.

Dreading your glucose screening?

If you test positive, you then take a longer, more definitive test that tells you for sure whether you have gestational diabetes.

Watch for signs of preterm labor

Call your caregiver if you have unusual discharge, vaginal bleeding, abdominal cramping, pelvic pressure, low back pain, or leaking fluid.

24 weeks is how many months?

You're in your sixth month!

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Baby development at 24 weeks

Getting ready to breathe

Respiratory sacs at the tips of the smallest branches of your baby's lungs are growing and multiplying, adding more surface area for the exchange of oxygen and carbon dioxide once your baby is born.

Still skinny, but not for long

Your baby cuts a pretty lean figure at this point, but his body is filling out proportionally, and soon he'll start to plump up. His skin is still thin and translucent, but that will start to change as well.

See what fraternal twins look like in the womb this week.

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Your baby is about the size of an ear of corn

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11 ¾
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1 ¼
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Pregnancy symptoms during week 24

Growing uterus

The top of your uterus has risen above your belly button. It's now about the size of a soccer ball.

Worries are normal

It's normal to worry a bit now and then, but try to focus on taking care of yourself and your baby – and have faith that you're well equipped for what's ahead.

Know the signs of preterm labor

If you don't already know how to spot the signs of preterm labor, now's the time to learn. Contact your doctor or midwife immediately if you notice any of them.

Don't see your symptom?
Wondering about a symptom you have? Find it on our pregnancy symptoms page.

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Pregnancy checklist at 24 weeks

Get your home baby-ready

If your nesting instinct is kicking in, make the most of it! In addition to organizing, cleaning, and preparing your baby's space, think about safety – our childproofing checklist is a good place to start.

Consider cord blood banking

If you want to collect and store your baby's cord blood at birth, or donate it, you'll need to make arrangements soon. Find out more about cord blood banking.

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ACOG. 2015. FAQ156. Prenatal development: How your baby grows during pregnancy. American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. http://www.acog.org/Patients/FAQs/Prenatal-Development-How-Your-Baby-Grows-During-Pregnancy#one [Accessed May 2019]

American Diabetes Association. 2014. Gestational diabetes. http://www.diabetes.org/diabetes-basics/gestational/ [Accessed May 2019]

CDC. 2015. Gestational diabetes and pregnancy. U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. http://www.cdc.gov/pregnancy/diabetes-gestational.html [Accessed May 2019]

Mayo Clinic. 2015. Fetal development: The 2nd trimester. http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/pregnancy-week-by-week/in-depth/fetal-development/art-20046151 [Accessed May 2019]

MedlinePlus (ADAM). 2015. Fetal development. https://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/002398.htm [Accessed May 2019]

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Kate Marple is a writer and editor who specializes in health, pregnancy, and parenting content. She's passionate about translating complicated medical information into helpful pregnancy and parenting advice that's easy to understand. She lives in San Francisco with her family.
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