Posted by: mommyq | November 30, 2007

24 Weeks Pregnant!

Things have been so crazy around here that, I have missed quite a few weekly updates but, things are ticking along and I am now:

24 Weeks

Your baby is approximately 1 1/4 pounds and is 8″-10″ in length. This is an active time, with lots of movement going on. With a handheld Fetal Doppler, your healthcare provider will be able to pick up the heartbeat of your baby. This common, painless test uses sound waves to listen to the blood going through your baby’s heart, allowing you to listen to the heartbeat. It is without a doubt, one of the sweetest sounds of pregnancy.  Your baby’s heartbeat will be very fast — it is usually twice the average rate of an adult, varying between 110 bpm and 170 bpm (beats per minute).Your baby’s brain is really beginning to mature; his lungs are forming and will be producing sufacant in the near future.  Surfactant keeps the air sacs in our lungs from collapsing and from sticking together upon exhalation, thus allowing us to breathe properly.  

Your baby is almost completely formed, and is beginning to deposit fat on his or her body. Newborns have a difficult time regulating body temperature, the fat helps to retain heat. Babies born at this point have some chances of survival with very special care. They will be in the Intensive Care Unit, usually until their due date. A major problem with premature babies is lung development. If preterm labor is detected early enough a steroid shot can sometimes be given to enhance lung development.Your baby is approximately 1 1/4 pounds and is 8″-10″ in length. This is an active time, with lots of movement going on.

With a handheld Fetal Doppler, your healthcare provider will be able to pick up the heartbeat of your baby. This common, painless test uses sound waves to listen to the blood going through your baby’s heart, allowing you to listen to the heartbeat. It is without a doubt, one of the sweetest sounds of pregnancy.  Your baby’s heartbeat will be very fast — it is usually twice the average rate of an adult, varying between 110 bpm and 170 bpm (beats per minute).  If you have a high risk pregnancy, you may be prescribed a Fetal Doppler to use at home. They are only available via prescription and are monitored by the FDA. Your baby’s brain is really beginning to mature, his lungs are forming and will be producing sufacant in the near future.  Surfactant keeps the air sacs in our lungs from collapsing and from sticking together upon exhalation, thus allowing us to breathe properly. Your baby is almost completely formed, and is beginning to deposit fat on his or her body. Newborns have a difficult time regulating body temperature, the fat helps to retain heat. Babies born at this point have some chances of survival with very special care. They will be in the Intensive Care Unit, usually until their due date. A major problem with premature babies is lung development. If preterm labor is detected early enough a steroid shot can sometimes be given to enhance lung development.

Mommy Note:  With the exception of my foot infection, I am feeling pretty good.  So far, I have passed 2 of the glucose tolerance tests.  Since I had GD the last time, they started testing me at about 20 weeks!  I had a 2 hour at Markham Stoufville Hospital and then a 3 hour at Mount Sinai.  I am hoping I can stay away from the GD alll together this time.  My next OB appointment is December 10th where I will meet with my OB as well as the high blood pressure specialist.  Thankfully I was able to make the appointment for 8:30 so, I should be out of there at a decent time because goodness knows, I have missed enough work lately. 

Are you 24 weeks pregnant? Check out PregnancyCorner.com’s week by week calendar to learn more about you and your baby.

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Responses

  1. Suzie- Congrats on passing your glucose tests so far!! I hope your foot starts to get better for you very soon. 24 weeks!!! Wow your pregnancy is flying by!

  2. Yay!! For passing the glucose tests Sue! Hope your foot is healing well 🙂


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