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Updated 21 November 2014

Week 24: 16 weeks to go!

Your baby is considered viable! If born now, he/she has a chance of survival if it were given special intensive care.

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Your baby is considered viable! If born now, he/she has a chance of survival if it were given special intensive care.

What is happening to your baby:

  • Your baby continues to gain weight, consisting mainly of muscle, bone mass and the growing organs and tissues.
  • Rapid eye movement has begun.

What is happening to you:

  • You may start to experience Braxton Hicks contractions (contraction of the uterus), especially if this is not your first pregnancy. They may last about 30 minutes.
  • Be on the look-out for the signs of premature labour.

What to do:

  • If you experience more than four contractions during an hour, if they change in intensity and/or they are accompanied by vaginal secretions, see your doctor.
  • Read up on or speak to your doctor about false and real labour signs.

 
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