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Week 24 Pregnancy

GROWTH OF THE BABY:The baby is steadily growing in the nest that you have dotingly provided. The baby is almost a foot long. The baby has started working on the facial muscles. Your little one is already practicing how to smile and frown. The lungs are becoming complex, gearing up for the process of respiration The brain is becoming more detailed and so are the taste buds. The cherub is becoming plumper and cuter, just as you would like.

CHANGES IN MOTHER’S BODY:Your uterus is about the size of soccer ball and has risen above the navel. Your rib cage will continue to expand to accommodate your growing belly. Pregnant women may experience a condition called Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. It is a medical condition due to the compression of median nerve as it travels through the wrist. The main symptoms are: pain, numbness and a tingling sensation in the nerves. Weak grip strength may occur due to the same.

DIET & FITNESS REGIME: Some tips to avoid excess calories:

  • Eat some home cooked stuff before going out for dining
  • Drink lots of water
  • Eat smaller portions in small plates
  • Keep healthy snacks stocked in your bedside drawer
  • Pop dry fruits on and off
  • Drink water before you reach out to binge eat

Here are some workouts curated for you:

  • Wall pushups
  • Squats with fitness ball
  • Leg lifts
  • Step ups
  • Side planks
  • Deep breathing

INVESTIGATIONS AND CONSULTATIONS: Fetal 2D Echo, GCT ( To r/o gestational diabetes)

PURPLE HEALTH RECOMMENDS:In focus: Cord Blood Banking Here’san easy way to understand stem cells. Imagine the stem of a plant that grows, branching out into leaves, flowers and fruits. On windy days, the branches can break. In some seasons the leaves dry up and fall. Despite this wear and tear, the stem finds a way to grow back to its original Self. Similarly, stem cells are the very foundation of the human body. Every part of our body including blood, bones, skin and muscles are formed from master cells known as stem cells. The stem cells have 3 vital qualities

  • Have the capacity to turn into any type of cell in the body such as muscle cell, bone cell, blood cell, tissues and brain cell
  • Are responsible for repair and regeneration functions in the body
  • Can replicate or copy themselves limitlessly

Owing to these qualities, stem cells are taking center stage in medicine today. Research has proven that stem cells can be used in the treatment of many medical conditions. In the past 50 years, over a million people have benefitted from the power of stem cells and are now living a renewed life.

The human body has different sources of stem cells such as the bone marrow, tooth, peripheral blood and the umbilical cord. Source: lifecell.in

Article verified by Dr. Anupama R, MBBS, DGO, DNM, MNAMS, Infertility IVF Specialist, Pran Fertility and Well Woman Centre, Trivandrum.

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