The beginning of something new is always a unique life experience. This absolutely strikes home when it comes to pregnancy. Every new mother is curious to know about the process. That’s why we prepared a series about the weeks of pregnancy.
After the previous periods, let’s continue with weeks 21 – 24.
The sixth month of your pregnancy is starting right now! The placental development is ending and you definitely feel most of your baby’s movements. Your baby has around 16 cm in size and weighs 300 grams. The head is still bigger than the baby’s body, but the size is slowly beginning to change.
You might feel the most comfortable at this point in the pregnancy. Your troubles from the first trimester have disappeared and you’ve gotten used to all the changes that happened during the pregnancy. Doesn’t everybody just say that you’re glowing?
Your baby needs less sleep than before. He’s awake for more hours at a time and he listens intently to all the sounds surrounding him – your heartbeat, your stomach growling, your voice, your breaths. You can experience colostrum coming out of your breasts. Colostrum is a liquid that contains many vitamins and minerals for the baby – something like your first breastmilk. Your baby’s size is 20 cm and 350 g now.
You may notice beginnings of stretch marks on your tummy, thighs, breasts or backside. This is normal, your skin is stretching, accommodating new life and your skin responds with thin red lines or streaks. You can lessen them by keeping your skin moisturized and drinking plenty of fluids, but genetics play an important role, so don’t feel bad if the advice just doesn’t work for you.
Your baby is somewhere around 22 cm and 455 grams right now. He looks more and more like a newborn baby and is able to distinguish the sounds coming to the belly.
Your belly grows very quickly now. That’s why you can feel physically uncomfortable. You can feel pains and cramps in your belly, have digestion problem or problems with heartburn because the uterus is pressing against your stomach.
Generally, the growing of your baby has slowed down a little bit compared to previous weeks but he is still growing weight rapidly. If you were to give birth right now, your baby would have a high chance of surviving. The 24th week is the first week when your baby should survive outside the womb.
Between week 24 and 28, you might get a glucose screen test to check for diabetes which occurs in about 10 % of all pregnant women. This condition usually disappears once you’ve given birth.