Week 24 Second Trimester

You

Your weight gain is quite pronounced now. Eat only healthy foods as much as possible, and do low impact exercises. The average weight gain during pregnancy, based completely on baby weight and extra fluids, ranges from 9 to 16 kilos. Too little or too much weight gain can be a sign that there is something wrong, so always consult your doctor.

At this point, your doctor may give you the glucose screening test, an important prenatal test done some time between week 24 and week 28. It checks for gestational diabetes, a temporary type of diabetes that occurs during pregnancy. Gestational diabetes results in babies being born with low blood sugar. It may also increase the chances of a Caesarean section delivery, since it could lead to the hormonal growth of unusually large babies.

Your Baby

Your baby is almost completely developed. Since newborns have a hard time regulating body temperature, fat begins to deposit on his body at this time, which helps to retain heat.

Your future Einstein’s brain is truly beginning to mature. His lungs are forming and will be producing surfactant soon. Surfactant is a substance that keeps the air sacs in our lungs from collapsing and from sticking together when we exhale, something essential for proper breathing.

Babies born at this stage have some chances of survival with very special care. Premature babies are placed in the Intensive Care Unit, usually until their due date.

Philippine Association for Childbirth Education

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