At 24 weeks some women begin to experience what is known as Braxton Hicks contractions. These are due to the tightening of the uterus that happens from time to time. One is probably showing quite a bit more, as the uterus has risen to about two inches above the belly button. As the skin continues to stretch around the abdomen and breasts, one may notice that they have become dry and itchy. Speaking of dryness, some women experience dry eyes at this stage; this can be relieved with over-the-counter artificial tears or drops. Many pregnant women will experience blurred vision during pregnancy, but it is not usually a major hindrance. As the uterus grows bigger, so do the ligaments, and some women have a hard time dealing with the round ligament pain that accompanies this process. Head cold symptoms and nasal congestion are very common among moms-to-be at this point, due to the swelling of the mucous membranes. These symptoms can be relieved with saline drops if recommended by the doctor.
Respiratory sacs at the tips of the smallest branches of the baby’s lungs are growing and multiplying, adding more surface area for the exchange of oxygen and carbon dioxide once the baby is born. The baby is about the size of an ear of corn, length is 11 ¾ inches and weighs 1 ¼ pounds.
Growing uterus, getting worried are normal in this phase and are the symptoms observed during this week.