Louise Broadbridge
Louise Broadbridge
Pregnancy Week 24

Pretty as a picture

Pretty as a picture your baby’s face is just about fully formed getting ready for all those photographs to give to Grandma & Grandpa!

Continuing to grow your little one is gaining around 3-4 ounces a week and is around a foot long now.  With each ounce her body is filling out as she takes in all those precious nutrients that you are giving her through the umbilical cord.  She is tasting more and more as her taste buds get more and more sensitive.

At 24 weeks gestation, although your baby would be tiny, should she be born now she has reached the point of viability and would be cared for in the new born unit on a ventilator.  In preparation for the outside world her lungs are getting stronger and stronger.  As they mature a substance called surfactant is appearing which keeps the alveoli (tiny air sacs) open as she practices breathing in and out.

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