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24 Weeks Pregnant: Your Baby’s Development

Energizer baby. Settling in for a quiet night's rest? Your baby has other ideas. Babies are most active between 24 and 28 weeks. After that, there won't be enough room for your little gymnast to perform the flips and dives he's spent weeks perfecting.

See-through skin. Your baby's skin is so thin that it's possible to see the blood vessels, bones, and organs beneath it. His skin will continue to thicken as the months pass until it's as opaque as yours.

Eye spy. Even though your baby's eyes are still fused shut, all the parts of his eyes are present. Although the iris still doesn't have any pigmentation, the color will fill in over the next few months. The final shade won't be settled until after he's born.

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24 Weeks Pregnant: Your Symptoms

Preterm labor alert. From here on out, you need to an eye out for the signs of preterm labor. The most common symptoms are menstrual-like cramps, a change in vaginal discharge, a dull ache in your lower back, uterine contractions, pressure on your pelvis (as if the baby is pushing down on it), or fluid leaking or gushing from your vagina. Pay attention to your body; if the symptoms persist, call your healthcare provider right away. Fluid that leaks or gushes from your vagina needs immediate medical attention.

Father in the making. Dads go through major adjustments during the pregnancy, even though the changes may be less physically obvious than yours. Your partner may be trying out a different look — growing a beard or mustache or changing his hairstyle — or beginning new activities in his effort to prepare for this wonderful but often intimidating adult passage. Now is the time to talk about these changes and how your new roles as parents will affect your relationship with each other.

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