It is now 26 weeks from your last menstrual period. Your baby is now at 24 weeks gestation and is almost 9 inches long from crown to rump (12 inches from head to toe) and weighs about 1 pound 12 ounces.
Your baby’s lungs begin to manufacture surfactant, a substance that keeps lung tissue from sticking to itself. Your baby is developing taste buds and they appear on the tongue and inside the baby’s little cheeks. Your baby’s higher brain functions are becoming more sophisticated. Your baby can perceive light, smell and taste now since they eyelids and nostrils have opened.
Advice for Mom
You’re doctor will likely test for gestational diabetes about this time. Although the test can be time consuming, it is easy and important! Take a good book with you to your appointment.