By Neus Ferrando Gilabert BSc, MSc (embryologist).
Last Update: 11/18/2014

You’ll notice that during this week your breasts and abdomen have increased, the skin will have stretched noticeably and it’s normal to feel a bit of stinging. You should use creams or Vaseline to relieve it. If it doesn’t do it and the stinging is severe, consult with your doctor. Your belly has acquired more volume and at this moment the uterus is located 2,5 cm over the navel.

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Anemia during pregnancy

The anemia is quite common during pregnancy, and several blood tests will be carried out during this week to evaluate your condition: the percentage of your red blood cells (hematocrit), the quantity of hemoglobin, ferritin and iron will be analysed.

Anaemia is characterized by the lack of red blood cells, whose function is to transport oxygen to the different tissues of the body.

The values of red blood cells under 37 and haemoglobin under 12 are indicative of anaemia. During week 24 a decrease in your iron levels is common, since the baby requires it more and more, which is used for the formation of his blood. This causes that its reserves in your body are used. If needed, your doctor will add an iron supplement to your diet.

Changes in the fetus

During week 24 the skin of your child stops being translucent and begins to become opaque. His vital organs are quite mature; nevertheless the lungs haven’t developed enough to allow the survival out of the uterus.

Your baby opens and closes the eyes, sticks out his tongue and may endure his first hiccups. The size of his body is more and more proportionate in comparison with his head.

At the end of this week he is 20 cm long and weighs 500 grams. You must not be worried if your baby weighs between 480 grams and 580 grams, since they are also considered normal values. If you are carrying a boy it’s common that he weighs a bit more.

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Authors and contributors

 Neus Ferrando Gilabert
BSc, MSc
Embryologist
Bachelor's Degree in Biology from the University of Valencia (UV). Postgraduate Course in Biotechnology of Human Assisted Reproduction from the Miguel Hernández University of Elche (UMH). Experience managing Embryology and Andrology Labs at Centro Médico Manzanera (Logroño, Spain). More information
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