The article was consulted professionally by ThS.BS Nguyen Thi Hong Thank, Obstetrics and Gynecology Department – Share99 Phu Quoc International Health Hub.
The fetus was able to survive if it had to be born at 24 weeks, but still needed the help of a ventilator if childbirth had to take place. During this week of pregnancy, the baby's skin wrinkles, but these wrinkles are being filled and blurred as the fetus develops fat that accumulates beneath the skin. As the abdomen grows, the woman may notice the cracks forming on the abdomen and these stretch marks will fade after birth. Between now and week 28, the doctor will have a glucose screening test to check for gestational diabetes.
1. What changes are happening to the body of the maternity?
At the 24th week of pregnancy, the woman may feel the top of the uterus about 5cm from the navel. The skin in the abdomen and chest is stretched, which can cause these areas to feel itchy, in addition to itchy skin that can be caused by dry skin. If it is itching and/or dry skin, use moisturizer or lotion. The eyes may also feel more sensitive and dry during pregnancy, so maternity can alleviate some of this discomfort by using artificial tears to moisturize the eyes.
This week women will have Braxton Hicks spasms more often. These contractions cause the uterus to contract at sudden times. Don't worry unless it's too painful, or contractions occur frequently, or start having lower back pain. In particular, women will suffer from this more after each bend down, stand upright, after sex and when climbing stairs.
There will be many changes taking place in the gastrointestinal system, which is not pleasant. Constipation during pregnancy is a persistent symptom for women and feels like they are spending too much time on the go. Remember to drink plenty of water, eat a lot of high-fiber foods, and try to exercise daily.
2. Fetal development week 24
How many kilograms does a 24-week-old fetus weigh? At the 24th week, the fetus is already more than 32 cm long and weighs from 0.6 to 0.7 kg. The fetal brain is growing rapidly at this time. Taste buds are also forming and the lungs are growing and more complex. The main branches of the lungs are beginning to form as well as special cells that will produce a surfactant, also known as surfactant, which is essential for alveoli to easily swell. Babies born prematurely often have difficulty breathing because these cells do not have enough time to grow or produce insufficient surface active substances.
3. What should maternity plans be for this week?
From 24 to 28 weeks, most doctors will prescribe a glucose screening test to detect gestational diabetes. Gestational diabetes mellitus is a condition associated with medenteremia with lower levels of gestational diabetes mellitus (clear diabetes mellitus) and increases the risk of unfavorable obstetric results. Signs and symptoms may include:
- Sugar is in the urine of the maternity
- Abnormal thirst
- Frequent urination
About 2-5% of all mothers are at risk of developing gestational diabetes. Doctors examined gestational diabetes between the 24th and 28th weeks because the placenta was producing large amounts of hormones that can cause insulin resistance. If the results of the re-test remain at an increased level, the doctor will perform a number of other tests to confirm the diagnosis of gestational diabetes.
In detail about the development of the fetus week by week, every parent should find out:
4. Tips to make pregnancy healthier
If you are having problems with heartburn, it is possible that the maternity should break down the meals of the day. Many women find that eating five or six small meals a day reduces the heartburn symptoms they experience. Heartburn can also be reduced by ignoring junk food and late-night meals.
Women can apply the following lifestyle to prevent anemia and help babies grow healthy:
- Eat iron-rich foods such as spinach, salmon, sardines, poultry, and red meat.
- Maintain the use of iron and folic acid supplements as directed by your doctor. Iron is important because it is a "weapon" that helps the mother fight anemia and other symptoms during pregnancy. Folic acid helps mothers form red blood cells.
- Eat foods rich in vitamin C. Because simple vitamin C helps the mother's body absorb iron better.
- Eating foods rich in B vitamins include folate (usually found in green leafy vegetables, beans and cereals), and B12 (found in milk), which also aid in the formation of red blood cells.
- At the same time, regular exercise is also a healthy habit during pregnancy. Exercise helps women reduce their risk of diabetes. But be sure to consult your doctor before trying any exercises.
3 months between pregnancies is a period of strong development of the fetus. Pregnant women need:
- Comprehensive fetal malformations screening using superior 4D ultrasound techniques.
- Screening for gestational diabetes, avoiding causing many dangerous complications for both mother and baby.
- Control the mother's weight appropriately to assess the state of health of the pregnant woman and the development of the fetus.
- Understand the signs of premature birth (especially in people with multiple pregnancies or a history of miscarriage, premature birth) for timely pregnancy therapy.
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