24 weeks pregnant
Nowadays, children born during the 24th week of a pregnancy who are provided with professional medical care are able to survive. Premature infants come into world earlier and have many special needs. It is the reason why they frequently start their lives in a neonatal intensive care unit. Thanks to this preemies are provided an atmosphere that meets their needs of nutrition, warmth and protection. Most of the premature babies require a breathing machine or ventilator.
Your child is growing and developing very quickly. The muscle structure has been strengthen. The weight reaches 700 g. In the lungs there are more and more air sacs.
According to research, the brain of your baby works in similar way as the brain of a newborn baby. It is worth remembering that your emotions and feelings are conveyed to your baby. When you are happy, your child feels the same. This is the same situation when you are depressed or sad.
The hear is developed so you can talk, sing songs and read for the baby. The child hears your heart's beating, too. After delivery the child recognizes your voice that can calm the infant down.
Guidelines for Mother
Between 24th and 28th week of pregnancy you should take the glucose tolerance test (OGTT) which aim is to detect gestational diabetes. It requires treatment. The patient is instructed not to restrict carbohydrate intake in the days or weeks before the test. The test should not be done during an illness, as results may not reflect the patient's glucose metabolism when healthy. Usually the OGTT is performed in the morning as glucose tolerance can exhibit a diurnal rhythm with a significant decrease in the afternoon. The patient is instructed to fast (water is allowed) for 8–12 hours prior to the tests.
If you suffer from the heartburn, try to eat frequently little meals. You ought to avoid spicy and greasy dish. You shouldn't lay down just after a meal. It is said that drinking some milk and eating almonds may minimalize the heartburn.