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24 Weeks Pregnant

What does baby have in common with a sharpei puppy this week?(!) And is there any way to avoid the dreaded cankles?

  • Baby at 24 Weeks Pregnant 🚼

    Baby Natural is up to more than 1.3 pounds now, and 8.5 inches crown to rump (that’s the short side of a standard piece of paper).

    If you could peek in on baby right now, you’d see that he is lean and wrinkly—with saggy skin that’s waiting to be filled out with a layer of fat. But even though your babe may be on the slim side, his face is formed enough for you to tell who he resembles (I’m betting it’s you).

    Baby has eyebrows, eyelashes, plus hair on his head, but there’s no telling yet whether he’ll be a blond, brunette, or something in-between, as he still doesn’t have any pigment to color those curls.

    Baby’s lungs are growing in sophistication as the “bronchial tree” develops, all in preparation for his first breath of air (or cry) on the big day.

    24 weeks pregnant - Mama Natural pregnancy week by week
  • You at 24 Weeks Pregnant 🚺

    Congrats on 6 months of pregnancy! Your wonderful round belly is finally sticking out, proud as a peacock.

    Week 24 is when you may start noticing some swelling in other areas of your body, namely your ankles. Hence the term “cankles,” because it may appear as if your calf goes straight down to your foot without tapering. All thanks to edema during pregnancy.

    Edema is an excess of watery fluid building up in the body, and it can cause swelling in your hands, feet, and ankles. It’s common during this phase of pregnancy, so don’t be surprised if your rings are fitting a little snugly—or not at all. One of my dear friends bought a special “pregnancy” wedding ring to sport during the third trimester.

    I had swelling in my first pregnancy in the final couple months. Going for a walk first thing in the morning seemed to help circulate my lymph system and keep swelling at a minimum. Also, I made sure to kick up my heels at night.

    With my second pregnancy, I increased my protein intake per the Brewer’s Diet’s recommendations (to around 90–100 grams per day), and I had NO SWELLING. Magic!

    Dr. Brewer was a big advocate of ample protein and healthy salt intake to ward off things like swelling, high blood pressure, and toxemia during pregnancy. His recommendations definitely worked for me!

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  • Week 24 Spotlight
    Birth Doulas 💡

    Doula Interview Questions by Mama Natural Child birth

    With over 85% of women getting some kind of birth intervention, you’re downright countercultural if you go natural. You're like a birth rebel! Woot!

    So, as you enter this new frontier, know that you're gonna need a roadmap (like a good birth class) and some guides. Hopefully you’re working with a midwife or a naturally minded OB-GYN (with the stats to prove it!), and you have a doula.

 A doula is one of the greatest gifts to a laboring mama.

    • She is your constant support, strength, and advocate.
    • She’s a woman who is an expert, a true professional on all things birth.
    • Name a birth “complication” or hiccup, and she's seen it.

    Do yourself (and your partner!) a big favor, and HIRE ONE. They are worth their weight in gold!

    Learn more about doulas, including how to find the right one for you.

  • Week 24 Hot Topics 🔥

    Here are more hot topics for your 24th week of pregnancy!

  • Week 24 To-Dos ✅

    • Finish any major house tasks. Get to the final stages of your decorating.
    • Ready for a vacation? Now’s the time for a babymoon.
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