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24 weeks pregnant - what to expect

Your baby is now about the size of a corn on the cob.

Week 24 infographic.

What does my baby look like?

Have you noticed they are getting into a pattern of sleeping and waking? When you're in bed at night, feeling relaxed and trying to sleep, you might find they're wide awake and wriggling.

Your baby is now said to be ‘viable’. This means that there is a chance that they would survive if they were born now, even though it is still very early.

A baby born at this stage would need a lot of help in the neonatal unit, as their body is still very immature and not ready to cope in the outside world yet.

Your symptoms - what to expect

More vaginal discharge?

A slight increase in vaginal discharge during pregnancy is totally normal, especially if the weather is hot. You may find that it’s a mild-smelling, milky fluid, which is fine.

However, if it is smelly, itchy or a yellowy-greenish colour, contact your doctor or midwife as you may have an infection that needs to be treated. If the discharge is heavy, use a sanitary pad, not a tampon.

Actions to take

My midwife has suggested I have a whooping cough vaccination. Is it safe?

Between 20 and 38 weeks you’ll be offered a whooping cough vaccination to boost your levels of antibodies, which will then be passed on to your baby for protection.

Comprehensive research into the vaccine has shown that it’s very safe, with no ill-effects for pregnant women or their babies.

Can I exercise with symphysis pubis dysfunction (SPD)?

If you’re suffering with SPD, try different exercises until you find one that works. Some women say cycling causes no pain while walking is very painful, others recommend swimming or aquanatal exercises.

If you’re swimming, avoid the breast stroke as this is likely to cause more pain. The key thing to remember is to stop any activity that causes pain.

“Once a week I went to an antenatal exercise class run by two midwives. They helped me to adapt certain moves to accommodate my SPD (symphysis pelvic dysfunction).”

Laura, mum of two

Keep up the calcium

Make sure your diet is rich in calcium, as this is good for your baby’s bone development. Calcium is found in dairy products, oranges, nuts, pulses and broccoli. You should also be taking 10mcg of vitamin D a day in pregnancy, which helps with calcium absorption.

Calling all dads-to-be

You’ll find loads of helpful information on our website, geared for mums and dads - but we’ve also got some FAQs specifically for dads-to-be - on pregnancy, sex and labour.

Find out more about supplements to take during pregnancy

Sources

1. You and your baby at 21–24 weeks pregnant, NHS Choices: http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/pregnancy-and-baby/pages/pregnancy-weeks-21-22-23-24.aspx [accessed 12 March 2015] (last reviewed: 11 February 2015; next review due: 11 February 2017).

2. Calcium and bones, MedlinePlus: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/002062.htm [accessed 12 March 2015] (update date: 11 October 2013).

3. Vitamins and minerals, NHS Choices: http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/vitamins-minerals/Pages/Vitamin-D.aspx [accessed 23/March 2015] (last reviewed: 18 February 2015; next review due: 18 February 2017). 

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Last reviewed on April 1st, 2015. Next review date April 1st, 2018.

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Comments

  • By Anonymous (not verified) on 24 Nov 2016 - 11:42

    I had a bleed on Tuesday had to stay in over night bleeding has stopped now am feeling loads of pressure when I stand and walk around is this normal?

  • By Midwife @Tommys on 24 Nov 2016 - 12:06

    Hi, Without seeing you it would be difficult to reassure you that all is normal. I recommend that you call your midwife or maternity unit even if you were see 2 days ago. Best wishes

  • By Midwife @Tommys on 14 Nov 2016 - 10:41

    We are ever so sorry to hear this Sarah. Sorry for your loss.
    Please feel free to email us or call and speak to a midwife if you feel you need more support or information!
    Please look after yourself!

  • By Anonymous (not verified) on 13 Nov 2016 - 04:49

    Hi Tommy, thanks for your regular update about my pregnancy. Unfortunately, I had a miscarriage so I am not pregnant anymore. Thanks Sarah.

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