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Baby development – 24 weeks gestation

Gestation week: 24 weeks

Equivalent to month: end of the 6th month

Equivalent to days: 162 to 168 days of gestation

In the 24th week of pregnancy, the baby’s development is marked by the start of the production of pulmonary surfactant, a substance that will help the exchange of oxygen during breathing after birth. The baby can already taste and smell the amniotic fluid, as the taste and smell are already well developed.

During that week, the woman may experience symptoms of heartburn or reflux, as the growing uterus can put pressure on her stomach. In addition, some women may develop anemia, showing symptoms such as excessive tiredness, dizziness or pale skin and mucous membranes.

Baby development

In the 24th week of pregnancy, most of Organs sensory organs are formed, such as touch, smell, hearing and taste, and the baby can already smell and taste the amniotic fluid, in addition to hearing external sounds, responding with movements. At the end of this week of pregnancy, the eyelids that cover the eyes will be separated, which will allow the baby to open his eyes.

In this week of pregnancy, the branches of the lungs are forming, as well as the cells that produce the pulmonary surfactant, which is a substance that lines the alveoli of the lungs to assist in the exchange of oxygen during breathing after birth.

Baby size

The size of the fetus at 24 weeks of gestation is about 21.3 centimeters, equivalent to the size of a cantaloupe melon.

Changes in the woman’s body

In the 24th week of pregnancy, a woman may experience symptoms of reflux or heartburn, as the growing uterus can press the stomach upward, causing stomach acid to rise into the esophagus. In addition, digestion can slow down and food stays in the stomach longer, which also contributes to heartburn.

At this stage of pregnancy, some women may develop anemia and may experience symptoms such as dizziness, excessive tiredness, pale skin and mucous membranes or heart palpitations. Anemia in pregnancy usually occurs due to low levels of iron, folic acid or vitamin B in the woman’s body, which are important for the production of red blood cells responsible for bringing oxygen and nutrients to the baby.

Care during the 24th week

In the 24th week of pregnancy, some precautions are important to help alleviate discomfort that may arise, such as:

  • Reflux or heartburn: eating in small quantities at intervals of less than 2 to 3 hours, avoiding fried food, spicy or too spicy foods and eating large meals, can help to alleviate this discomfort. See other tips on how to relieve reflux and heartburn in pregnancy;
  • Anemia: increase consumption of iron-rich foods like liver, beans or spinach, and take supplements as directed by your doctor.

    Top exams

    The 24th week of pregnancy, is the last week to perform the morphological ultrasound, an examination indicated by the obstetrician to identify the baby’s developmental phase and to evaluate possible abnormalities in the fetus such as diseases or malformations.

    Your pregnancy by trimester

    To make your life easier and you do not waste time looking, we have separated all the information you need for each trimester of pregnancy. What quarter are you in?

    • 1st Quarter (from the 1st to the 13th week)
    • 2nd Quarter (from the 14th to the 27th week)
    • 3rd Quarter (from the 28th to the 41st week)

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