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    Which way is up? Your baby’s got balance.

    The face and hand of a fetus in the twenty-fourth week

    Your baby’s development

    The inner ear is complete.
    What’s so great about the inner ear? It controls balance, and in your 24th week, its development is complete. This means your baby might be able to tell whether he is upside down or right-side up inside your amniotic sac.

    Here’s what’s also shaping up:

    • Your baby is about 8 inches long, close to the length of a banana, and weighs about 1 ½ pounds.
    • Right now, your baby is probably gaining about 6 ounces each week.
    • You’ll notice your baby becoming more active, which is important for stimulating muscle growth, keeping joints flexible, and strengthening bones.
    • His face is almost completely formed, right down to his tiny eyelashes.
    A woman with a spoon ready to eat

    Your nutrition and health

    Keeping it healthy when eating out.
    Pregnancy can be a busy—and social—time, which makes going out to eat extra convenient. Keep “hidden” restaurant calories, unhealthy fats, and sugars off your plate when you go out to eat. These tips can help:

    • Don’t arrive ravenous. The best way to ensure you don’t overeat is to eat a piece of fruit, vegetables, crackers, or a handful of nuts before you go.
    • Ask your server how things are made and make special requests as needed. Ask to substitute fried options for grilled, or fries for steamed veggies.
    • Smaller is better. Restaurant portions are often larger than recommended serving sizes. Plan to share a meal, or immediately box half of it to bring home for another meal.
    A doctor facing a female patient

    Things to think about now

    Glucose screening and urinary health.
    At your next doctor visit, you’ll probably take a glucose screening test to check for gestational diabetes – a type of diabetes that some women experience during pregnancy and that goes away after the baby is born.

    How it works:

    • You will drink a full glass of glucose solution. The doctor will check your blood glucose level an hour later.
    • If results are abnormal, your doctor might schedule you for a glucose tolerance test. Similar to the glucose screening, it’s taken after you fast and requires four blood samples over several hours.

    Keeping track of your urinary health

    Your growing uterus and hormone-relaxed muscles may cause your urine flow to remain slow. Keep an eye out for a possible urinary infection. Call your doctor if you:

    • Urinate more than usual
    • Feel burning when you urinate
    • Have a fever, abdominal pain, or severe backache

    Have you chosen a pediatrician?

    If you’re still shopping around, here are some questions you may want to ask:

    • Does the doctor accept your insurance plan?
    • How large is the practice?
    • Will your baby be seen by the same doctor every visit?
    • What are the office hours?
    • What are the after-hours procedures?
    • Which hospital does the doctor work with?
    A man forming the shape of a heart with his hands on the belly of a pregnant woman

    What happens next week

    Your baby’s got a mean right hook.
    Okay, not really. But her hands have developed to the point that she can make a fist, and she’s not afraid to explore your uterus.