24 weeks is the 6 months in pregnancy is considered as the term of pregnancy. This is the stage where the baby’s major organs are developed. It is also the stage where extreme care should be given to both the mother and the baby. Several signs and symptoms can tell you if you are in your 24 weeks pregnant stage.
Common signs and symptoms in 24 weeks pregnant stage are as follows:
You may feel an increase in the size of your uterus. This is because the baby is growing bigger and pushing against the walls of your uterus. You may also experience cramping and spotting, which are both normal. You should contact your doctor if you experience:
24 weeks pregnant: What to expect changes in pregnancy
The 24th week of pregnancy is the last trimester and it can be challenging for both the mother and the baby.
As your body starts to gain weight due to increased fat, you may experience swelling in your extremities such as your hands and feet. Also, do not be surprised if you suddenly need to pee frequently.
You may also see changes in your skin such as darkening of the linea nigra, a dark line running from your belly button to the pubic bone, and stretch marks on your stomach and breasts. Most women experience these after they give birth or during their multiple pregnancies.
Changes in vaginal discharge can also be experienced. The discharge will become heavy and smelly as you enter the final stages of pregnancy.
The baby now is about 18 to 24 inches long with feet as long as your forearm and weighs 8-12 pounds. During this stage, you may experience an increase in vaginal discharge or leaking fluid from the vagina called “Preterm rupture of membranes”.
Premature labor symptoms
If you go into premature labor, the baby will be at high risk for health complications. Contact your doctor immediately if you experience any of the following symptoms:
– Abdominal pain
– Bleeding or spotting from the vagina
– Contractions that come every 5 minutes or less
– Decreased fetal movement
– Dizziness and blurred vision
– Foul-smelling vaginal discharge
– High blood pressure (hypertension)
– Seizures or convulsions
About preterm labor: What is it? How to know if I’m in early labor? Preterm labor is when you go into labor early but before 37 weeks. This stage of labor is divided into “early,” “active,” and “transitional” labor. It is important to remember that going into labor does not always mean that a woman or her baby is in danger. For most women, preterm labor does not last long, and the pregnancy will continue to 37 weeks. However, if the woman does not receive proper medical care and treatment, her pregnancy can be at risk for complications such as miscarriage, infection in the amniotic sac (chorioamnionitis), and preterm premature rupture of membranes (PPROM).
According to WebMD: If you go into labor and your water breaks before the 37th week of pregnancy, your baby may be at risk for a serious infection called preterm premature rupture of membranes (PPROM). If your water breaks and you have any symptoms of labor or if you develop an infection in the amniotic sac (chorioamnionitis), you should get to the hospital right and talk to your doctor.