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Updated 08 October 2018

Week 24: 16 weeks to go!

Your baby is considered viable! If born now, your little one has a chance of survival with special intensive care.

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Your baby is considered viable! If born now, your little one has a chance of survival with special intensive care.

Your baby's progress:

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

Your progress:

  • 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 lookout for the signs of premature labour.

What to do:

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

Good to know: 

  • Raw or soft-boiled eggs can be contaminated with salmonella; bacteria that cause food poisoning. Cook eggs thoroughly, and stay from foods that contain raw eggs (like homemade mayonnaise, icing or meringe). 

 
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