Welcome to week 24 of your pregnancy journey! This is an exciting time, and we’re here to guide you through it. Let’s explore what’s happening with you and your baby this week.

Your baby is now about 30cm long from head to heel. Everything is in proportion, but they’re still smaller than a full-term baby. If your baby were born now, there’s a chance they could survive with the help of neonatal units.

You might notice an increase in your appetite, but remember, there’s no need to eat for two just yet. That comes in the third trimester, starting from week 28. You’re likely gaining weight, but don’t fret if your bump isn’t very visible. Every pregnancy is unique!

You might be experiencing new symptoms as your pregnancy progresses. These could include pains around your ribs, back, breasts, bottom, and stomach due to your growing baby and loosening ligaments.

Other symptoms could include tiredness, stretch marks, swollen and bleeding gums, headaches, backache, nosebleeds, indigestion, heartburn, bloating, constipation, leg cramps, feeling hot, dizziness, swollen hands and feet, and urine or vaginal infections. If you’re worried about any symptoms, don’t hesitate to consult your healthcare provider.

Continue doing gentle pelvic floor exercises to prevent leakage when you laugh, sneeze, or cough. Aim for 150 minutes of exercise a week, starting with just 10 minutes of daily exercise. Remember to listen to your body and do what feels right for you.

Maintain a healthy diet with plenty of fresh fruit and veg, and avoid processed, fatty, and salty foods. You don’t need extra calories until the third trimester.

Pregnancy can be an emotional rollercoaster. If you’re feeling anxious or low, reach out to your doctor, midwife, or loved ones. It’s important to ask for help if you need it.

In order to monitor your health and identify potential problems, your doctor will perform regular blood and urine tests. Now is the perfect time to talk with your healthcare provider about any concerns you might have.


NHS | https://www.nhs.uk/start-for-life/pregnancy/week-by-week-guide-to-pregnancy/2nd-trimester/week-24/