You at 24 weeks pregnant
You might be able to feel your baby moving from the outside now, by putting your hand on your belly.
As your baby gets bigger, you and others will be able to see your baby moving. Towards the very end of your pregnancy, you might even be able to recognise some body parts.
Other people might comment on your belly or even touch your belly, even if you haven’t asked them to. It’s OK to tell people not to do this if it makes you uncomfortable – it’s your body.
Blood sugar test for gestational diabetes
You might have this test at 24-28 weeks of pregnancy. If you’ve had a previous pregnancy with gestational diabetes or have a high chance of developing the condition, you’ll probably be offered a test earlier than this. Ask your doctor or midwife for more information.
Planning some help
It’s a good idea to plan practical and emotional ‘back-up’ for after your baby is born. For example, could extended family, friends or other people cook you a meal, drop in for a visit or give you a call? You don’t have to do everything if others are willing to lend a hand.
It’s OK to ask for help too. In fact, many people will appreciate it if you tell them exactly what you need.
If you haven't felt your baby move by now, it's important to call your doctor or midwife immediately.
Your baby when you’re 24 weeks pregnant
- measures about 21 cm in length and weighs about 630 gm
- still looks thin, because the ‘fattening up’ process hasn’t really started
- has a layer of fat developing underneath the skin, so the skin is less see-through
- likes to move when you’re trying to sleep – this is why you might feel your baby’s movements more at night
- might be hiccupping, which might feel like tiny waves of regular movements in your belly – this is completely normal.