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Old 06-02-2005, 07:54 AM   #1
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measuring 6 weeks behind

I went to the doctors on Monday and when I was measured I measured at 29 weeks and I am 35 weeks, every other time except for the one before I have been measuring about 2 weeks ahead and now all of a sudden I have shrunk down to 29 weeks. The doctor is concerned that either the baby isnt growing or that I am losing amniotic fluid so today I have a ultrasound scheduled.
For the past two weeks I have had a horrable cold with a really bad cough and of course when I cough I wet myself a little or at least that what I thought I'm thinking now that I am actually leaking fluid.
Since I have been measuring ahead at all my other appointments I dont think that the baby isnt growing I think that it is the fluid but I really dont know.
Does anyone know what it means when the fluid is low other that the obvious what does it mean to the baby and me, I have never had to deal with this before I am totally clueless on this one.

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Old 06-02-2005, 10:39 AM   #2
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Re: measuring 6 weeks behind

I don't have experience with this myself, but I have read that the best treatment of low amniotic fluid is delivery, or if it isn't severely low, then bedrest and constant fluids can be really helpful. I had an appt yesterday, and I'm 34 weeks, and for a while have been measuring a week ahead, but yesterday I was measuring right at 34, and my dr said that at this stage you can start measuring a few weeks ahead, right on, or even a few weeks behind without it being of any concern. And I have to agree with you that it probably was the fluid leaking out, and that your baby is still growing fine. But your ultrasound will confirm that obviously. My dr also told me yesterday that if I was to go into labor at 34 weeks, that there is a 95% chance that the baby would be perfectly healthy. So even if delivering your baby right now is the best option, you both should be absolutely fine. Make sure you let us know what the u/s showed and what's going on. Take care, everything will work out great!

Old 06-02-2005, 10:41 AM   #3
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Re: measuring 6 weeks behind

Wow I am not sure, I would think you would be put on bed rest. Are you drinking lots of liquids? I will be praying for you and the baby, please keep us posted on how things go! Let us know how the ultrasound turns out!!! Try not to worry.
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Old 06-02-2005, 03:07 PM   #4
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Re: measuring 6 weeks behind

Well thanks for the replies, the ultrasound showed that I have a healthy 5lb 8oz baby that is growing perfectly and that the fluid levels are exactly where they should be.
My doctor must have just measured totally wrong on Tuesday. Its such a relief knowing that everything is absolutly fine.
Again thanks

Old 06-02-2005, 03:20 PM   #5
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Re: measuring 6 weeks behind

Measuring ahead/behind can also have to do with how the baby is positioned at any given appointment

Old 06-03-2005, 04:59 AM   #6
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Re: measuring 6 weeks behind

The tape measure measurement is only a rough estimate to guage whether they should do another ultrasound. The ultrasound is much more accurate. There are many reasons why your baby's measurements would be off, including the position of the baby, if the baby has dropped, how you are carrying, etc.n I'm glad everything's okay.

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