24 obstetric week of pregnancy completes II trimester. From this point on, the baby begins to grow rapidly, and the weight gain every week becomes more and more noticeable. The child actively moves in the womb, reacting to any changes inside and outside. What is more significant this period in the life of a little man?
At 24 weeks, the baby’s weight is 500-600 g, the body length is 29-30 cm. During this period, growth hormone begins to be synthesized in the body of the fetus. Now the baby will become much more active in gaining weight and height, which will lead to a rapid increase in the size of the abdomen. Motor activity of the fetus will also increase with each passing day.
The child is already able to distinguish sounds coming from outside, and to distinguish among them the voices of native people. The baby uniquely reacts to a source of bright light with very violent movements, distinguishes the taste and smell of amniotic fluid, perceives signals-sensations from the skin. The baby reacts to the mother’s emotions, changing its motor activity depending on the situation.
At the end of the second trimester, the development of the vestibular apparatus of the fetus. Experts recommend that during this period, the expectant mother should move more, practice yoga or therapeutic exercises. The more active a woman behaves, the faster the baby adapts to changing conditions, and the easier it will be for him to adapt to the new world after birth.
Most of the prenatal existence, the baby sleeps. Sleep accounts for 16-20 hours a day. The rest of the time, the child moves freely in the amniotic fluid. Awake kid declares himself with energetic movements, which are well perceived by a woman in this period. On average, the expectant mother can sense up to 10 fetal movements per day. The movements on this period are felt in the lower abdomen, below the navel.
Condition of a mom
Weight gain at week 24 is 5.5-6 kg. The uterus reaches the level of the navel, and the future mother’s tummy becomes noticeable to others. During this period, stretch marks and age spots may appear on the skin of the abdomen. The navel is gradually smoothed and comes forward. After giving birth, the navel will return to its usual state.
The woman’s well-being remains quite good. At this time, the expectant mother still notes a surge of strength, vigor and good mood. Such a state is not destined to last long. In the third trimester, the nervous system will once again enter the phase of inhibition, and it will be more and more difficult to lead the former way of life every week.
The discharge at the end of the second trimester remains abundant or moderate, always thick and viscous. The color of vaginal discharge can be clear or milky. The presence of foreign smell, itching or any discomfort in the vagina is not allowed. Symptoms of this type suggest an infection and can lead to serious complications during pregnancy.
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