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Pregnancy Calendar, Week 24

How big is your baby?
The measurement is now at around 11.81 inches (30cm) and your baby is now weighing approximately 1.32 pounds (600g).
How big are you?
Your uterus should be about 2 inches (5.1cm) above your belly button by now, which is almost 9.4 inches (24cm) above your pubic symphysis.
How is your baby developing and growing
Your baby is starting to fill out and his/her face and body will be starting to look more like that of an infant at birth with each passing day, even if it only weighs a little over a pound and is still tiny. Most of your babys weight gain at this stage is muscle, bone mass and developing organs.
Changes in you
Some women suffer from nasal stuffiness during their pregnancy, or even frequent nosebleeds.
It is believed that this may be due to the hormonal changes that your body is going through as your body is changing and adapting with your pregnancy, which in turn causes the blood vessels in your nasal passageways to swell and bleed more frequently.
Good ways of dealing or preventing this from happening is to use a humidifier, increasing your fluid intake or to speak to your healthcare provider about nasal decongestants which is safe to use during pregnancy.
Your body
An important prenatal test, glucose screening, is usually performed sometime during weeks 24 to 28. The glucose screening test checks for gestational diabetes, a temporary type of diabetes that occurs during pregnancy and can cause problems in the newborn, such as low blood sugar. Gestational diabetes may also increase the chances that a woman would need a cesarean section because it can lead to the growth of very large babies.
During the glucose screening test, you'll drink a sugary solution and then have your blood drawn. If your blood sugar levels are too high, you'll have further tests, which your health care provider will discuss with you. Gestational diabetes usually can be controlled by eating a well-planned diet and getting regular exercise, but sometimes medication, such as daily insulin, will be needed during the pregnancy.

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