24 Weeks Pregnant: Week-by-Week Guide

    24 Weeks Pregnant: Week-by-Week Guide

    Congratulations! You’re 24 weeks pregnant. At this stage of your journey, new developments are beginning to unfold. Check out this week-by-week guide to find out what’s in store for your baby and your body in week 24 of pregnancy.

    With week 23 of your pregnancy complete, you’re on week 24. Enjoy it, as week 25 is on the horizon!

    One of the most exciting things about pregnancy is how many changes you’ll experience with your little one over the span of just 7 days! Here’s some tips and tricks to keep on top of all that’s happening.

    At 24 weeks pregnant:

    • Your baby is the size of a papaya or large mango.
    • You’re about six months pregnant now.
    • The countdown continues: you’re at roughly the three-quarter mark of your second trimester.
    • You've got 16 weeks to go!

    What happens during the 24th week of pregnancy?

    • Get some face time: Wondering what your kiddo will look like? Now is the time that your baby’s face is almost fully formed. They’ve got eyelashes, eyebrows and hair.
    • Making gains: Baby is gaining an increasing amount of weight—about 6 ounces a week—and it’s predominantly baby fat (but also organs, muscles and bones). Your baby’s facial fat hasn’t grown in yet, though.
    • See through skin: Your baby’s skin is developing, but is currently transparent. Their hair is also white, but both of those things won’t last for much longer as they grow.

    What should I be feeling at 24 weeks pregnant?

    • You may have tingling or numbness in your fingers or wrists, what’s known as carpal tunnel syndrome.
    • Another impact on your hands is swelling (swelling in your feet is very common as well). Elevate your extremities, and rub or massage your hands and feet in an upwards motion (directed towards your heart/torso).
    • Itchy palms, skin tags, increased saliva and vision changes may also be happening. If you’re concerned, give your healthcare provider a call to see if an appointment is necessary. Otherwise make a note and bring those questions to your next scheduled appointment.

    How big is your baby at 24 weeks pregnant?

    24 Weeks Pregnant
    Baby Weight Just over 1 pound
    Baby Length 8 inches
    Baby Size Comparable to a papaya

    Week 24 pregnancy symptoms

    During week 24 of pregnancy, your body is changing quickly. As your baby grows, you will too, and there are certain pregnancy symptoms you may experience at this time.

    4 common week 24 pregnancy symptoms

    • You may experience some pregnancy-related constipation. There are several home remedies that can help. Try including a prenatal supplement with Omega-3’s if you haven’t already. Aim for a diet rich in fiber and incorporating some exercise
    • You may experience slight breast colostrum production.
    • Itchy skin and dry or itchy eyes may bother you—try using moisturizer and talking to your doctor about natural tear eye drops if your eye woes persist. Limiting screen time (or taking frequent screen breaks) where possible can also help with dry eyes.

    3 expert week 24 tips for a healthy and safe pregnancy

    Being 24 weeks pregnant is an important time for you and your baby. Here’s some more expert-recommended advice on how to adjust to this new stage and keep you and your baby safe.

    1. Monitor those movements: Your doc may recommend at this point to monitor your baby’s movements. They’ll have more information on how to do so.
    2. Achy back: You may want to look into purchasing or borrowing a belly band to offer lower back support. They can be helpful especially for when you exercise.
    3. Hydration station: Keep water on hand, but if getting enough aqua is challenging, also consider snacking on fruits or veggies that are mostly made of water. If you’re keen on fruit, keep cut watermelon, cantaloupe, or oranges on hand. To get some water-rich veggies into your diet, opt for celery, cucumbers, tomatoes and broccoli in the fridge to quench your thirst and have a healthy snack. Talk about double-duty!

    Week 24 checklist: How to plan your pregnancy

    Knowing what to do week-by-week can help you feel prepared and alleviate stress. Add these new items to your to-do list this week. You’ve got this, mama!

    To-Do Complete
    Start considering your birth plan with your doc or a loved one.
    If you haven’t already, talk to your doc about a glucose screening test.
    Seek out a prenatal massage to help with stress and achy muscles.

    Learn more about your pregnancy, including pregnancy planning and pregnancy nutrition to feel prepared to continue this magical adventure. You’re armed with the facts, what to do, and now you can take time to connect with the little one growing inside you. 

    With week 23 in the rearview mirror and week 24 going strong, look to the future and what’s coming up in week 25!