24 Week Visit
What to expect at your visit:
At this point in your pregnancy, the baby is growing quickly. As with previous visits, we will take a urine specimen to check protein, ketones, and glucose levels. We will also weigh you, check your blood pressure, measure your uterus, and listen to the baby's heart with a Doppler. When measuring the baby's growth, we measure from the pubic sympysis to the top or "fundus" of the uterus. This should roughly be the same number of centimeters as weeks in your pregnancy. For example, at 24 weeks, your fundal height should be 24cm. At this visit, we will give you your registration packet from the hospital. Inside the packet, you will find all the information you need to sign up for classes on everything from baby CPR to childbirth to breast feeding.
A very common symptom during this point of the pregnancy is "round ligament pain." The round ligaments are two very small ligaments that go from each side of the uterus to the pelvic floor. They are about the size and length of your little finger, and as the uterus grows, they get stretched. This stretching usually presents itself as a sharp pain on one side or the other and gets worse with various movements such as walking or rolling over in bed. Near the end of this stage, you may also experience uterine cramping, also referred to as "Braxton-Hicks contractions."