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How Many Weeks Pregnant Is Duchess Meghan? How The Baby And The Mom Feel At This Point In Pregnancy

Date December 26, 2018 17:53

Meghan Markle’s due date is still weeks away, but she and Prince Harry look quite ready to become first-time parents. In recent weeks, Duchess Meghan’s pregnant belly has gotten very prominent. Many royal watchers have an important question: How many weeks pregnant is the Duchess?

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So, how far along is Meghan?

Last week, parenting website Parents.com put out an estimate of 23 weeks. That would make Meghan about 24 weeks pregnant now.

If you’re wondering how babies develop and how moms feel during this point in pregnancy, read on!

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The baby at 24 weeks

During week 24, the baby is about the size of an ear of corn. He or she is supposed to weigh a little more than a pound at this point.

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The baby is getting bigger and bigger by the day, but he (or she) still has enough space in the womb to move. The baby may even react to what’s going on outside and to the mom's voice by moving more or less.

How Many Weeks Pregnant Is Duchess Meghan? How The Baby And The Mom Feel At This Point In Pregnancy

The baby is already starting to practice breathing by inhaling amniotic fluid. His or her eyelashes, eyebrows, and taste buds continue to develop.

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The mom’s symptoms during week 24 and what she should do

At this point in pregnancy, some future moms start making small amounts of colostrum, which you can describe as early milk'. The absence of this liquid is not a reason to worry – many women don’t start producing it until after they’ve given birth.

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During week 24, some women start getting Braxton-Hicks contractions, also known as false labor. These contractions usually aren’t painful and feel more like squeezing. But if a pregnant woman gets painful and frequent contractions, she should contact her doctor immediately, as this could be a sign of preterm labor, according to HealthLine.

Symptoms, such as backaches and a sensation of heaviness in the legs, tend to continue during week 24. There may also be some skin signs and symptoms, including stretch marks and itching.

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Constipation is also common during the second and the third trimesters. Drinking enough water and eating foods rich in fiber may help ease it.

As to what future moms should do at this point, it’s important to continue taking a prenatal supplement (only as recommended by doctors) and consuming enough essential nutrients at meals.

It’s also recommended to get screened for gestational diabetes (usually, temporary diabetes some pregnant women develop). Unchecked gestational diabetes may lead to complications both in the baby and the mom.

If you’re pregnant and have any questions about what you should do week-by-week, check with your doctor.

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