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Welcome to Week 24

You are now in your 6th month, which means you will have your bundle of joy in just 16 more weeks!

Update on Your Body

Your uterus is now rounder, bigger and sits 2 inches above your navel – it has almost reached your rib cage and diaphragm by now. This may increase pressure on the lungs, possibly causing breathlessness. Your skin, hair and eyes may feel dry and itchy. You may now occasionally feel jerky movements in your belly – when your baby hiccups inside your womb – apart from the usual somersaults, kicks and punches you have been experiencing previously. All the changes you have experienced until now will more or less continue over the coming weeks.

Update on Your Baby

Your baby’s brain is undergoing rapid development now, and the taste buds have formed too. The lungs have begun to become more complex, branching out into sections and producing surfactants on the surface, to help your baby breathe when it is born. Very often, babies that are born premature lack surfactants and hence, find it difficult to breathe.

Your Baby’s Size

11.8 inches, or the size of a musk melon.

Tips for an Expectant Mom

Dos

If you’ve been advised a glucose tolerance test by your doctor, take it on priority. This test checks for gestational diabetes and is especially important if you are showing symptoms like extreme thirst, nausea or fatigue, or if you have a family history of diabetes or have had gestational diabetes during a previous pregnancy.Tackle breathlessness by sitting or standing with your back erect; this helps take the pressure off the ribs.Stroke and touch your belly and speak to your baby often. Sounds of nature like the chirping of birds, the gushing of water and the breeze can have positive effects on your baby. Download these sounds on your laptop or phone if you don’t hear them too often in your natural environment.Treat pregnancy-induced dry hair with a conditioner and protein serum. As for dry eyes, splash them with water as often as you can to keep them moist. Speak to your doctor about using eye drops if you experience severe discomfort.

Tips for an Expectant Dad

Dos

Try hearing your baby’s heartbeat by placing your ear against your partner’s belly. Of course, you may want to try this in a quiet environment to be able to hear it.Stroke your partner’s belly when you are near her; your little one can feel your touch now.Plan a weekend getaway to unwind and relax.

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