Pregnancy Week 24

A Period Of Rapid Growth At 24 Weeks Pregnant

Another growth spurt for your baby

The lungs are developing further and baby practices breathing by inhaling amniotic fluid into their lungs. Baby is still covered in fine downy hair and a waxy substance to protect the skin. Taste buds have formed and if you drink or eat something strange or bitter baby may taste it!


Your baby’s developmentBaby as big as a head of broccoli

Baby as big as a head of broccoli
LENGTH 30 cm
WEIGHT 600 g

Your baby’s development

Your baby is in a period of rapid growth and now measures around 30cm.

Your placenta currently supplies all their oxygen.

The inner ear, which controls balance in the body, is now completely developed. As a result, your baby can sense whether they are upside down or not as they float and move in the amniotic fluid.

Your Body

You may find that fluctuating hormones can cause fluctuations in your emotions now. It’s normal to go through phases of excitement, nervousness, anxiety and irritability throughout your pregnancy, or sometimes from one moment to another. The increasing sensations of your baby moving can make your pregnancy feel more real, and many women feel daunted by the changes ahead.

If you feel worried or overwhelmed, find a friend or family member you can confide in. Women who are already mothers are usually happy to offer advice and support, and talking to other expectant mums who are going through the same experiences can be very reassuring.

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Please note: These pregnancy week-by-week articles, are meant to give you a general sense of the growth and development going on within you. However, it’s important to remember that every baby develops differently, even during pregnancy.

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