6 months pregnant belly (Week 24)

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6 months pregnant belly (Week 24)

Your greatest rapid weight gain takes place around now; your feet will start to feel the strain and you should watch your posture (see Prenatal exercise). Ensure that your shoes are comfortable and rest with your feet up when possible. Your increased fluid levels may make you feel hot and sweat more and your face may be flushed because of increased blood circulation. If your baby were born now, she could survive with care in a neonatal intensive care unit.

6 months pregnant belly (Week 24)
6 months pregnant belly (Week 24)

Weight gain in 6 months pregnant belly

You need to gain weight during pregnancy. Gone are the days when weight was watched obsessively and expectant mothers were admonished if they gained too much. Between weeks 24 and 32 there is usually the most rapid weight gain of pregnancy, but if you are already feeling heavy, this is the time to show some restraint or to increase your walking or swimming to use up any excess calories that you might have. However, now is not the time to try to diet. Eat a balanced variety of nutritious and fresh foods instead.

6 months pregnant belly
6 months pregnant belly

Eating in 6 months pregnant belly

Try to eat a good variety of different foods in pregnancy. Choose fresh, unprocessed foods whenever possible.

6 months pregnant baby

Baby’s growth : Weeks 21 to 24

While most of baby’s organs are structurally developed or nearing development, baby is still quite small. But by the end of this month, he or she will finally pass the 1-pound mark!

6 months pregnant belly
6 months pregnant belly

6 months pregnant belly :Week 21  This week baby begins to absorb small amounts of sugar from the amniotic fluid he or she swallows during the day. These sugars pass through your baby’s digestive system, which is now developed enough to handle them. Any processing of the sugars, however, is only done as practice. Baby is still completely dependent on the placenta for his or her nourishment.

Also this week, your baby’s bone marrow starts to make blood cells. The bone marrow works along with the liver and spleen, which have been responsible, up to this point, for making blood cells.

6 months pregnant belly :Week 22 The senses of taste and touch advance this week. Taste buds are starting to form on your baby’s tongue, and his or her brain and nerve endings are now mature enough to process the sensation of touch. If you could sneak a peek at your baby this week, you might see him or her experimenting with this newfound sense of touch — feeling his or her face, sucking a thumb or touching other body parts.

Your baby’s reproductive system is continuing to develop, too. If you’re having a boy, this week his testes begin to descend from the abdomen down to the scrotum. If you’re having a girl, her uterus and ovaries are now in place, and her vagina is developed. Your baby girl has already made all of the eggs she’ll need for her own reproductive life.
By 22 weeks into your pregnancy, baby is about 7½ inches long from head to rump, and weighs about 1 pound.

6 months pregnant belly
6 months pregnant belly

6 months pregnant belly :Week 23 During week 23 baby’s lungs develop rapidly, beginning preparation for life on the outside. The lungs are beginning to produce a substance that lines the air sacs called surfactant. This substance allows the air sacs to inflate easily. It also keeps them from collapsing and sticking together when they deflate.

If your baby was born before this time, the lungs would have had no chance of working. Now it’s possible that the lungs could function to some degree outside the womb. However, your baby would need a lot more surfactant to handle breathing air without help.

In addition, the blood vessels in your baby’s lungs are growing and developing in preparation for breathing. He or she is making breathing movements, but these are just trial runs. Your baby is still receiving oxygen through your placenta. There’s no air in the lungs until after birth.

Although your baby now looks like a baby, he or she is still slender and delicate looking, with little body fat and thin, nearly translucent skin. Later in your pregnancy, when fat production catches up to skin production, your baby will grow into this skin and will look more like an infant.

Babies born at 23 weeks can sometimes survive if they receive the appropriate medical care in a neonatal intensive care unit. But complications are common and usually serious. On the bright side, the long-term outlook for premature babies is improving each year as knowledge in the field of neonatal medicine continues to expand. But there’s no doubt that at this age, baby is far better off staying in the uterus, if at all possible.

6 months pregnant belly :Week 24 This week your baby is beginning to get a sense of whether he or she is upside-down or right side up inside your amniotic sac. That’s because your baby’s inner ear, which controls balance in the body, is now developed.
By the 24th week of your pregnancy, your baby is 8½ inches long and weighs about 1½ pounds. Babies born at 24 weeks have a greater than 50-50 chance of survival, and the odds get better with every passing week. Still, complications are frequent and serious.

6 months pregnant belly (Week 24)
6 months pregnant belly (Week 24)

Creases start to look on the baby’s palms and fingertips and she can suck her thumb. She can also hiccup. The baby’s patterns of sleeping and activity seem random, but, unfortunately, she may be most active when you’re trying to sleep. The nostrils open and she is making breathing motions.

6 months pregnant baby size

Length:    33cm (13in)

Weight:    570g(1 1/4M)

What’s happening and where

During the first five months of your pregnancy, the level of the hormone progesterone was slightly higher than the level of estrogen. This month your estrogen level is catching up. At 21 or 22 weeks, the two hormones will be at about the same level.

Your heart and circulatory system

Your blood pressure will probably continue to stay lower than normal this month. After your 24th week, it should return to where it was before you were pregnant. This is because your body continues to make more blood this month, filling your very relaxed blood vessels. Production of red blood cells should be catching up to production of
plasma.

You may continue to experience nasal congestion, nosebleeds and bleeding gums, due to increased blood flow to your nasal passages and gums.

Your respiratory system

To accommodate your increasing lung capacity, your rib cage is enlarging. By the time your baby is born, the distance around your rib cage will have expanded by 2 to 3 inches. After your child is born, it will return to its pre-pregnancy size.

Baby is also pushing up on your diaphragm. However, the expansion of your chest diameter has more than compensated for this compression. You may still breathe slightly faster, but any shortness of breath has probably lessened.

Breasts

Your breasts may now be ready to produce milk. You may see tiny droplets of watery or yellowish fluid appearing on your nipples, even this early. This early milk is called colostrum and is loaded with active, infection-fighting antibodies from your body. If you breast-feed, colostrum will be your baby’s food for the first few days after birth.

Blood vessels in your breasts continue to become more visible, too, showing through your skin as pink or blue lines.

Uterus

6 months pregnant belly
6 months pregnant belly

This 6 months pregnant , perhaps around your 22nd week of pregnancy, your uterus may begin practicing for labor and delivery. It starts exercising its muscle mass to build strength for the big job ahead. These warm-up contractions are called Braxton Hicks contractions. They’re occasional, painless contractions that feel like a squeezing sensation near the top of your uterus or in your lower abdomen and groin.

Braxton Hicks contractions are also called false labor. That’s because they’re very different from the contractions involved in true labor. Braxton Hicks contractions occur on an irregular schedule and vary in length and intensity. True labor contractions follow a pattern, growing longer, stronger and closer together.

That said, it can be easy to mistake Braxton Hicks contractions for the real thing. Contact your care provider if you’re having contractions that concern you, especially if they become painful or if you have more than six in an hour. The biggest difference between true labor and Braxton Hicks contractions is the effect on your cervix. With Braxton Hicks, your cervix doesn’t change. With true labor the cervix begins to open (dilate). You may need to see your care provider to determine whether the contractions are the real thing.

6 months pregnant belly (Week 24)
6 months pregnant belly (Week 24)

6 months pregnant symptoms

By now you are visibly pregnant and need to wear loose-fitting clothes. You may feel hot and sweaty because of your increased blood supply. Some women experience rib pain because the baby is pressing upwards against the ribcage.

  • The bump is enlarging rapidly as the baby increases in size.
  • Your face may look full because of water recognition.
  • Raised circulation may cause you to sweat more.

Optional Video : 6th Month Pregnant – Week (21 – 24) Pregnancy

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