24 Weeks Pregnant

You are now the mother of a cantaloupe-size baby. This week, your baby reached about  1, 1/3 pounds and 8 inches long. He will fatten up slowly. His baby face is fully developed.

How the baby is developing at 24 weeks

Interestingly enough, the brain of your baby is almost as mature as a newborn. This means that his memory is active. Also, the auditory system developed even more allowing your baby to recognize the songs played often, to hear the voice of his parents and loud noises.

The baby’s skin is still translucent but as your baby will fatten up, the skin will become opaque. The pigment has not yet developed so it is difficult to tell if your baby will be blonde, brunette or ginger. However, the face of your baby is almost fully formed having eyelashes, eyebrows and hair.

Furthermore, the respiratory system of your baby starts to develop branches that discharge a substance that will help him breathe once he faces the outside world.

Your lifestyle and pregnancy symptoms at 24 weeks

Your belly is now the size of a football oval and rose 2 inches above your belly button. Your skin stretches more over the abdomen and chest, causing it to become dry and itchy. You can also experience dry eyes or blurred vision, which is common in pregnant women. Still, mentioning them to your doctor is of most importance.

You will have to deal with swollen ankles and feet so make sure you lift your legs up on a pillow. The back pains will not give you a break and leg cramps may appear in case of dehydration.

Keeping yourself hydrated is even more important during pregnancy.

Scan appointments at 24 weeks

If you have managed to control your desire of finding the baby’s gender, so far, but you are starting to give up, you have the chance to get a gender scan at 24 weeks.

Moreover, you can check your baby’s health and growing rate with a growth scan.

You can also get a 3D scan in order to get an image of your baby’s development.

 

 

23 weeks pregnant

You are starting your 6th month of pregnancy and believe it or not, your baby can tango. Most senses are active by now and your baby has the skinny shape of a mini person; something bigger than a Smurf, about the size of a papaya fruit.

How the baby is developing at 23 weeks

At 23 weeks, your baby is sitting in your uterus like a king on his throne. His ears are fully developed so he can hear and react to loud noises such as a barking. If you turn up the stereo and dance, your baby will perceive that and will rock it, too. His eyes are fully formed, except that they do not have a colour yet. From this point on, he will also start to bulk up a bit. By now, he is finally 1 pound and about 11 to 14 inches. His skin is red and wrinkled.

Your lifestyle and pregnancy symptoms at 23 week

This is the time to prepare your maternity leave and finish with the stress of work and papers. However, if you still want to work you can do that, but make sure you keep yourself hydrated. Drinking water is very important during pregnancy. You can also drink milk, which hydrates you better than water.

Being 23 weeks pregnant, you start to fatten up faster, so make sure you eat nutritious food that quenches your hunger and cravings.

Your growing belly starts to put pressure on your back and you may start to experience back pains. Make sure you sit comfortably at home or at work. Another part of your body that feels the pressure is the legs. Stretch them or put them up on a pillow when you lay down in order to avoid the painful swelling. Reducing the use of heels and walking with comfortable shoes is of most importance now.

You will observe that your body starts to widen and an odd line appears on your belly, below the belly button. That is the linea nigra. The pregnancy hormones change the shades of your skin, darkening them. They are also guilty for linea nigra, which before your pregnancy was just a normal line between your belly button and pubic area. Do not worry; this line will fade slowly after your baby is born.

Scan appointments at 23 weeks

If you have not seen your baby at 22 weeks, this is the right time to make an appointment for a growth scan. This way you will be able to see the mini human developing in your womb and your doctor will check the health of your baby. With the growth scan, your baby’s tummy, head and legs will be measured to make sure he is growing up in tip-top condition.

 

22 Weeks pregnant

You are in the middle of the 2nd trimester of pregnancy, between five and six months and you carry now a living spaghetti squash. That is the size of your baby. Your belly starts to shape up and announce the glorious development of your baby. With a growth scan, you can look at your miniature human.

How the baby is developing at 22 weeks

At 22 weeks, your baby is about 11 inches long and its brain starts to grow at a rapid rate. In its 5th month of existence, the organ system starts to define its functionalities. Also, the fingernails are fully grown and the shape of its lips is clearly visible. Even more, its first teeth are developing under the gums, deep wrinkles and lanugo hair cover her baby skin.

Your baby has now a sleeping schedule and your movements can wake her up. Her tongue develops tasting buds and the weekly weight has increased with around 60-70 grams. From now on, your baby perceives your voice and loud noises.

Your lifestyle and pregnancy symptoms at the 22nd week

Even though your pregnancy is becoming more and more visible, at 22 weeks you can still bend and sit comfortably. You might develop stretch marks, which appear because your belly expands to make room for the baby to grow. Not only this, but your body starts to change. Each woman changes at her own rate so do not panic. Your skin texture tends to look better, remember the popular saying: “pregnancy makes a woman more beautiful”. Well, it is true. During pregnancy, your body loses less hair than normal and you might find some uninvited hair on your jaw, chin or above the upper lip. Do not worry, waxing and shaving are perfectly safe.

Now you have to take care of yourself better than ever because pregnant women are sensitive to anaemia and you have to make sure you drink a proper amount of water.

Scan appointments at 22 weeks

Taking a growth scan will help you and your doctor to keep an eye on the development of your baby. You will have all measurements recorded and checked. In addition, getting some glossy images of your baby at 22 weeks will make you feel better and more relaxed seeing the small, cute figure.

21 Weeks pregnant

About 10 inches long, your baby is now about the size of a carrot. There’s a lot of space in the womb for her to move around and kick from time to time. If you haven’t taken the anomaly scan yet, now is the right time to make an appointment. This scan will check for specific risks and will identify the placental position (if possible).

How the baby is developing at 21 weeks

Taste buds are quite developed at this point. Your baby swallows amniotic fluid and its taste depends on what you’ve digested, which means that whatever you eat, your baby will be able to taste it. There is research indicating that babies will have a preference after birth for foods they tasted in utero. That gives you one more reason to eat healthy veggies and fruits.

Your baby has also fully developed fingernails, eyebrows and eyelids. Those glossy images from the scan appointment will start to look better and better.

Your lifestyle and pregnancy symptoms at 21 weeks

Don’t let stress get to you. Take time to relax, have baths and massages and continue with your exercise routine. Whenever you sit or lay down, look for props to keep your legs elevated. This will help diminish leg cramps.

Avoid greasy foods that can cause heartburn and limit your daily calories intake to 500 calories a day. Keep an eye on your weight. You should gain about one pound every week in this trimester. It’s quite common to experience unusual cravings that are unhealthy for you. It helps if you always keep around varied snacks that are healthy substitutes. The key strategy is not to abstain from eating unhealthy foods, but to control your shopping behaviour: don’t buy those junk foods, alcohol and cigarettes in the first place.

Scan appointments at 21 weeks

The anomaly scan is usually taken around 18 to 21 weeks, so if you haven’t went to that yet, schedule an appointment this week. The sonographer will offer you a detailed analysis of the anatomical structures of your baby: limbs, spine, heart and tummy. There are specific risks to look out for at this particular stage, which is why this scan is so important. At the end of the scan, you will receive a detailed report with the analysis. Take it home with you and keep it for reference at other medical appointments. If possible, the placenta position will be identified as well during the anomaly scan.

The growth scan can be taken from 16 to 24 weeks. This week or the next three weeks are just right for taking this scan, as it is more likely for the sonographer to be able to measure your baby from head to toe. Before 21 weeks, your baby could only be measured from head to bottom.

Do you know the baby’s sex yet? You can have a gender scan to find out just that, or you can specify to the sonographer that you want to find out the gender as well during another ultrasound appointment.

20 Weeks Pregnant

Imagine you’re carrying a plump banana weighting around 10 ounces. That’s how much your baby has grown at 20 weeks of pregnancy. A growth scan will tell you the exact measurements of your baby, but most babies will have around this weight and about six and a half inches in size.

How the baby is developing at 20 weeks

In general, babies grow about half an inch during this week. Your baby’s digestive system is developing complex functions, aided by the fact that your baby will be swallowing more than in the previous weeks. Development of brain nerves and of some key body functions is going at a fast pace these days.

Iron is very important for the baby’s development at this stage, especially for the creation of red blood cells. Include in your diet lentils, red meat and other foods rich in iron or iron-fortified foods.

Your pregnancy symptoms at 20 weeks

It is common to feel tummy aches around this time, because you bump is growing fast. The muscles and ligaments of your abdomen are stretching apart to make more room. Use lotions to prevent stretch marks and don’t give up your exercise routine. Exercising helps with muscle elasticity. If you feel uncomfortable during exercise, talk to your midwife or doctor to be reassured if this level of exercise is safe for you. If you feel pain in your pelvis, it’s not a major reason to worry, but your doctor can set a diagnosis and prescribe a treatment to relieve the pain.

Your estrogen levels may cause snoring. Sleeping on the side and with a pillow should help, and you will have a better sleep quality. In general, avoid eating before going to bed for at least two hours to sleep more comfortable and to avoid heartburn. Pillows and props should always be with you for a proper nap and a good night’s sleep. Use them to get comfy.

Scan appointments at 20 weeks

The growth scan and the gender scan are usually taken around 20 weeks. In week 21, however, it is more likely that the sonographer will be able to measure your baby from head to toe during a growth scan. Before this time, your baby can only be measured from head to bottom, because she is curled up. If you’ve decided to find out the baby’s sex, the sonographer may be able to tell you more details about the development of reproduction organs – especially if it’s a girl – as these have already began developing.

19 Weeks Pregnant

Congratulations, you are halfway along your pregnancy! This is a busy week for the development of your baby’s senses. Areas in the brain are specializing to refine vision, smell, taste, touch and hearing. Communication with your baby is getting real now. Start singing lullabies and read her stories.

Your baby’s development at 19 weeks

At 19 weeks, your baby is 6 inches long, and she is growing at a fast pace. The sensory development is on the rise. Your baby can hear you and she might be able to taste the amniotic fluid she swallows. The arms, legs and body are now well proportioned, as you might be able to see in the ultrasound pictures. More cartilage is being transformed into bone, which means grasping and kicking are done more firmly and controlled now. Your baby might also grow hair on her scalp already, although you will not be able to see this yet at a 3D scan. The skin of your baby is getting covered in vernix – a white, creamy substance that protects her sensitive skin from the amniotic fluid. This will shed by the time of birth, although some premature-born babies can be covered with vernix.

Your body and lifestyle at 19 weeks

Your uterus is getting crowded after this halfway mark of pregnancy. Be prepared with comfortable maternity wear, midwife advice, a nutrition plan and a schedule for your most important ultrasounds and check-ups.

This is also a period of pregnancy called quickening – when mums start feeling their baby’s movements. It usually happens between 18 and 21 weeks, but if you only start feeling movements later, it is not a worrying sign. Try to pat or brush your belly whenever you get signals from the baby. She might be able to feel it and a true bond will start to form between you two. For many mums, this is an experience that helps to become aware of how real the baby is. It’s a magical moment. Share with your close ones. Everybody is delighted to feel the baby kicking.

Ultrasound scans you can take at 19 weeks

One of the most important pregnancy scans is the anomaly scan. Book this scan before the end of week 21. It is recommended to have this scan for assessment of risks and of the general health and well-being of the baby.

You can already have a growth scan at this time if you haven’t yet. This is to track how your baby is growing in size. Your sonographer can explain you in detail all the measurements that are taken during a growth scan appointment and how the results can be used.

You can also have a gender scan, although it is better to wait until after 20 weeks for clearer images that can confirm the gender of your baby with accuracy.

Schedule an appointment for a 4D Baby Scan to see your baby in motion, floating and, if you’re in luck, grasping and kicking. For better video quality, book an HD Live 4D Scan.

18 Weeks Pregnant

You now only have one week left until the half-way mark of your pregnancy. Your baby is gaining weight and developing her nervous system at a fast rate, while you’re getting hungrier and your belly is visibly growing.

Your baby’s development at 18 weeks

As fat is being deposited under your baby’s skin, she’s gaining weight, reaching about six ounces at 18 weeks. She’s developing new muscles and experimenting with new moves. She can kick, roll, yawn, swallow and do all kinds of wonderful baby moves. Pay attention to the types of movements you feel in your belly, you might be able to distinguish them. It’s very likely that you will be able to see your baby moving at the next ultrasound scan.

The nervous system is now developing at a very fast pace, and the five senses – touch, smell, taste, sight and hearing – are becoming more accurate. Teeth also form around 18 weeks, and sex organs are developing.

Your body and lifestyle at 18 weeks

If you’re feeling hungrier than before, it’s normal. Have water and snacks with you all the time and set on a diet with many small meals a day.

Feet swelling is also a common symptom around this time. Whenever you can, rest your feet on a surface that’s higher than your upper body. Try to have a nap every day, for 10 or 15 minutes. You will feel more rested and be able to get through the day without feeling exhausted in the evening. When you lie down, tilt on one side to accommodate your belly and avoid putting pressure on your spine. Use pillows as props to make yourself comfortable. Massage your legs and feet every night to improve blood circulation and to avoid leg cramps and varicose veins. Use hand cream to massage your hands as well if they are swollen.

Ultrasound scans you can take

Although your baby’s sex organs should be developed around 18 weeks, we recommend waiting for another two weeks for a gender baby scan. The ultrasound images are much clearer at 20 weeks.

If you haven’t booked your anomaly scan yet, do it before the end of week 21. This scan will assess the health and well-being of the baby, while checking for specific risks.

If you want to see your baby moving and have the recording of it, schedule an appointment for a 4D Baby Scan or an HD Live 4D Scan.

17 Weeks Pregnant

At 17 weeks, your baby is growing faster than ever. Unique fingerprints are forming and the kicking is growing stronger. Fat is being deposited under your baby’s skin, and soon those 3D scan pictures will look adorable. Your bump is visibly bigger now, so get comfy in stretchy clothes and flat shoes.

Baby development at 17 weeks

Your baby’s bones have started to harden and deposit calcium. The hand grip and legs kicking are now stronger and firmer. You are likely to feel some of the kicking already. Body fat is slowly accumulating under the skin and the heartbeat should now be regulated. Your baby’s heartbeat should be about twice as fast as your heartbeat. Weighting around 150g, the body is growing bigger and will start to look more proportionate. Ears should be fully formed and they are starting to reposition closer to the face.

An exciting development is that of her fingerprints. Around week 17, the fingertips and toes are starting to form unique fingerprints.

Your body and lifestyle at 17 weeks

Pay attention to movements in your tummy these weeks. You won’t feel strong kicks for at least a month yet, instead you will start to feel gentle fluttering movements. After 22 weeks, you might be able to guess if it’s a hand or a foot that’s kicking.

You might feel a little off-balance as your gravity center is shifting. Now is the time to give up wearing high-heels and wear flat or low-heeled shoes to avoid any falling or stumbling.

When sitting, try not to get up too sudden to avoid fainting. Keep exercising and maintain a healthy diet to feel fit and well during these months.

You will notice skin pigmentation around your nipples, some spots on your face and a dark line below your belly-button. These are normal and will fade after birth. The dark circles around your nipples will be gone in about a year after you’ll have given birth.

Ultrasounds you can take at 17 weeks

From 16 to 24 weeks you can take the Growth Scan, an ultrasound that helps the doctor take measurements of your baby and check how she is growing.

From week 17 onward, you can have a 3D/4D scan. It’s a good idea to document the early moves of your baby at week 17 in video and images. The images will look better however later on, when more fat will have formed under the skin.

16 Weeks Pregnant

Your baby has already reached the size of an avocado and will grow double in weight in the next three weeks. At the next doctor appointment, you will be able to hear your baby’s heartbeat. You’ll now start to bond with her in several ways.

Baby developments at week 16

Communication between you two is getting more real: your baby can hear your voice and you might be able to feel kicking or some fluttering in your belly. If you started to feel the kicking, you will notice activity for even five minutes at a time, though your baby’s movements are quite tempered at 16 weeks.

Your ultrasound pictures will start to make more sense: your baby’s head is more raised, eyes are closer together and hair is developing, including eyelashes and eyebrows.

Taste buds are also forming when you’re 16 weeks pregnant. You will be really eating for two now. The umbilical cord is fully formed and the skeleton continues to strengthen.

Your body and lifestyle at 16 weeks

The fluttering sensation might feel unusual at first, but as it will grow in intensity, you will recognize the kicking. If you haven’t started to feel the kicking yet, it might have to do with the positioning of your placenta. Your doctor will analyse the placenta at the Growth Scan.

Nausea and the feeling of tiredness should have vanished by now, yet you might feel like you need to catch your breath as your lungs are getting crowded by your growing placenta.

Your breasts continue to grow and feel tender. Constipation and indigestion are common symptoms at this stage, due to pregnancy hormones. If you often experience leg cramps, try resting with your feet at a higher level than your body or massage your ankles.

Preparing for birth can be stressful for you and your partner. While this is normal, try to get informed on what you should expect and talk about it. It’s also a pretty good time to plan a mini-vacation, now that you are not feeling nauseous anymore.

Ultrasounds at 16 weeks

The Growth Scan is carried out between 16 and 24 weeks, depending on your doctor’s recommendation. At this ultrasound, the sonographer will observe your baby and your placenta in detail and will take a series of measurements for comparison to the average data. This is useful for tracking the progress of your pregnancy and ensures that the development rate of your baby is normal.

Week 15 of Pregnancy

Eyebrows, hiccups and kicking are the most exciting developments of your baby at week 15 of pregnancy. Your symptoms are now changing by the day, with stuffy nose, swollen feet and bleeding gums as the most problematic symptoms at this stage. On the bright side, you will feel a stronger bond with your baby and become more conscious of the important changes ahead of you.

Baby developments at week 15

Your baby is now about the size of an orange, weighting around 2.5 ounces. Ears have most likely formed by now, so you may begin to have your chats and listen to music together. Squirming, hiccups and kicking are quite common at this stage, though you might not feel any of these yet. Eyes are still shut, but your baby can already sense light. Taste buds are forming, so she will soon be able to taste as well.

The genitals might be formed already, but we advise waiting at least until week 17 for a gender scan. Your baby’s body is becoming longer, especially the legs, and the proportion between body size and head size is more harmonious.

How your days are changing at week 15

You might notice around this time that your shoe size has increased. That is due to the levels of progesterone in your body. By the time of birth, your shoe size might increase by up to one size. Wear your most comfortable and stretchy shoes to avoid feet swelling. It’s also time to shop for maternity wear as your breasts and tummy will continue to increase. Other pregnancy hormones may lead to over-sensitive teeth and gums, in some cases even to bleeding. In the second trimester, blood flow to the mucous membranes is increased, so you might have a stuffy nose these days and sometimes even nose bleeding.

During this week, avoid gas-inducing foods, fried meals and large meals. Keep an eye on your weight gain. You should gain about one pound every week and have a meal schedule with five or six small meals a day plus fruits, smoothies and other healthy snacks in-between meals.

Ultrasounds at week 15

You can already book an appointment for next week to have a Growth Scan. The sonographer will check the growth rate and other measurements of your baby. Confirmation that everything is normal after your Growth Scan means that the risk of miscarriage drops below 1%.