At a glance
Talk to your bump – they can now distinguish sounds, so reassure them
Your baby can now feel your stress – try to take it easy
Try gentle exercises, like swimming or yoga
Eat iron-rich foods like lean meat, green leafy veg and fortified breakfast cereals
Baby's development at 24 weeks
Brain connections are getting more adept at receiving signals from the receptor sensory organs, so baby is gradually starting to store sensory experiences. Like the taste of foods you eat and your scent. What’s more, your little one is beginning to react to sounds, such as your heartbeat, breathing, and even your stomach gurgling. Baby can also distinguish the sounds inside your tummy from all the new sounds outside. Like music, your voice, Dad’s voice, and any less pleasant noises. That’s why it’s important to talk to your bump. Tell it what you’re up to, what you see, what you hear, even what you feel. Because from birth, baby will recognise your voice, Dad's, and maybe even the music you listen to.
Baby is more and more aware of how you are feeling, as its ability to perceive is now quite well developed. When you’re happy, baby is happy. But when you are busy or stressed, baby can feel your agitation. So try not to overdo things, whether at work, in the house or during your leisure time. Even if you still feel perfectly fit, try to relax from time to time by putting your feet up and focusing on baby. That way, baby can relax with you, too. Try gentle exercises, like swimming or yoga. And remember to eat well.
It’s a good time to make sure you’re getting enough iron in your diet.
Your little one gets its iron straight from your reserves, so you run the risk of becoming anaemic, even if baby is getting enough. So make sure you eat lots of ￼iron-rich foods such as lean meat, green leafy vegetables, dried fruit and fortified ￼breakfast cereals. If you’re worried about your iron levels, speak to your GP.
By now, people will be able to tell that you’re having a baby. And lots of people can’t resist trying to predict if you’re having a girl or a boy based on the way you are carrying. Some believe if the baby is up high, it’s a girl. And if it’s lower down, it’s a boy. This is simply an old wives tale.