Week 24

Support and information from NCT

NCT offers reliable support and information about the various stages of pregnancy, week by week.

Your developing baby

Your baby is now about 27-30cm and weighs about 570g. 

Your heart and lungs are working 50% harder than normal to pump blood and oxygen to your baby in your womb.

Week 24

Healthy eating during pregnancy

Healthy eating during pregnancy can make a big difference to you and your baby. 

Eating a mix of fruit and vegetables, carbohydrates, protein and dairy means you are more likely to get the balance of nutrients that you and your baby need. 

Click below for some top tips about having a healthy balanced diet in pregnancy.

Flu during pregnancy

When you’re pregnant, your immune system is naturally lower. This means that pregnant women are more likely to catch flu and, if they do catch it, they are more likely to develop complications. However, your immune system still functions, and the risk of complications is small. 

A free flu jab is available for pregnant women and the NHS advises women to take the vaccine, whatever their stage of pregnancy.

Making a birth plan

Now you are 24 weeks pregnant you may want to consider making a birth plan that outlines your wishes for labour. You’ll need to think about decisions, such as where you want to have your baby and who you want to be there to support you. You may also want to think through your options for pain relief. 

You can talk to your midwife or GP and ask them any questions you have or call our Pregnancy and Birth line on 0300 330 0772 where our experienced and trained NCT practitioners will be able to talk you through your options.

Checklist

Have you met other mums-to-be in you area? Find your nearest NCT branch on our website.

Further information

NCT offers reliable support and information about the various stages of pregnancy, week by week.  Our support line offers practical and emotional support in many areas of pregnancy, birth and early parenthood: 0300 330 0700.

We also offer antenatal courses which are a great way to find out more about birth, labour and life with a new baby.

Make friends with other parents-to-be and new parents in your local area for support and friendship by seeing what NCT activities are happening nearby.

 

 

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