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Old 04-06-2007, 06:22 PM   #1
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Babys head is too small?

My friend who is due August 18th went and got her 20 week ultra-sound and they basically told her that she needed to go see a specialist because they don't think the babys brain is developing right. The head looks too small they said. Now my friend doesn't seem that worried because they told her other than that she is really active and has a good heartbeat, but I seem to remember reading about fetuses that don't have brains, that the mothers can still feel them kicking and moving...I don't have the heart to bring this up but I was wondering what any of you think about it...what could it be? and furthermore, could it be just a mistake in the picture of the ultrasound?

 
Old 04-06-2007, 09:32 PM   #2
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Re: Babys head is too small?

Fetal head size is the measurement that has the greatest margin for error. It can be plus or minus three weeks. They can actually see the two hemisphere's of the brain when they ultrasound, so I imagine that they saw that and saw no cause for concern. I know that there can be some issues involved with the fetus having a small for gestational age head, but I imagine that her doc would have made sure that she got further testing if they thought it was a problem. Overall, I wouldn't worry.

 
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Old 04-06-2007, 11:03 PM   #3
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Re: Babys head is too small?

it is very common for these kinds of things to be inaccurate or "off". i know of several women who have given birth to prerfectly healthy babies that had previously measured small in multiple areas.

 
Old 04-08-2007, 03:15 PM   #4
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Re: Babys head is too small?

I had this with my first, was told she was measuring small head at 20 week scan, then sent back at 22 weeks, still concern so again at 24weeks, this time the consultant told me that that he thought my baby had microcephaly (very small head) and I had to drive 100 miles to see a specialist immediatly who would advise as to whether to terminate. (my consultatnt was of the opinion that if she did have it he would strongly recommend termination due to basically no quality of live, ie unable to walk, feed self, basically to function). My mum drove me to the specialist, I was terrified and after about 5 hours they eventually said the didn't think it was microcephaly and that she was just a very small baby. Went through rest of pregnancy with various worries had to go for frequent doppler scans as they didnt think she was getting enough blood through the cord, worry was made worse as I have a brother with severe learning difficulties which were present from birth.
End result my daughter was born with quite a small head (great for delivery!) but not abnormal, she weighed 6lb 7oz, is now 8 and is at least 2 years ahead of her actual age in terms if reading/maths etc and is one of the brighest in her class, so they do get it wrong, as has been mentioned there can be a large variation in head measurments. Conversley my mother had no problems at all during pregnancy with my brother and yet he was born with a whole host of problems that were never detected. I would reasure your friend at this point as it is most likely just a small baby, does your friend have any problems in the family in terms of birth defects. I do think that they were just really overcautious with me because of my brother and that I was probably worried far more than was necessary. Hope this helps
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Old 05-14-2007, 01:14 PM   #5
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Re: Babys head is too small?

Do you have high blood pressure or take medication to control high blood pressure? I know that is sometimes a side effect of one or both(small head circumfrence- no problems otherwise). I have high-blood pressure controlled with blod pressure meds and I have already been told that I will have regular fetal monitoring when I get into the third trimester just to keep track. Try not to worry. . .I know that's like asking the sun not to rise! I had an appointment with a perinatologist last week and he make me feel so much better; they have more insight than an OB because fetal development is their specialty. Take care

 
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