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Pregnancy, your body and your baby – week 24 of your pregnancy

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You’re a good few weeks past half way of your pregnancy, which means you are closer than ever to finally meeting your little one. In terms of months, you’re about 6 months in, which means you only have 3 left to go!

Your Body at Week 24

As you near your third trimester, you may notice that your body is feeling more uncomfortable thanks to your growing baby. Back ache, tired swollen feet, leg cramps and constipation are all pretty common during pregnancy. You’ll also be gaining weight (which is completely normal) and your breasts are also bigger.

Heartburn may be something that you’re struggling with and this is  normal during pregnancy thanks to hormones and your growing baby taking up space. Your pregnancy hormones are the reason the valve between your stomach and throat doesn’t close as it should, as the hormones relax the tight muscle between your stomach and your esophagus. Your growing uterus can also put pressure on the stomach, making it more likely that acid can spill out.

Your Baby at Week 24

As your baby grows, they are putting on more and more weight, and their muscles are developing and gaining strength – which means their kicks are getting stronger and harder. Your little one also has hair at this point, however, none of it is pigmented yet.

Your baby is pretty active now, and you should feel them move around regularly, however, unless you don’t feel your baby moving around for long periods of time, stillness is nothing to be concerned about.

Things to take note of

While it may seem obvious, eating healthily and frequent exercise are both ways to stay mentally, physically and emotionally happy and healthy during pregnancy. While a few stresses here and there are common, a constant state of worry or sadness is probably a sign of antenatal depression or anxiety. If you feel like you don’t have the energy for small tasks or every small detail of your pregnancy is triggering anxiety, it may be best to both seek the support of those you love, and medical professionals.

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