Re: How do we know?
As far as growing on schedule, a good way to check to see if there MAY be an issue is when they measure you at your appointments. For example, I went in at 34 weeks for my regular appointment and when the doctor measured my stomach, I was only measuring at 32 weeks. This doesn't say for SURE how big or small the baby is, but it does show that there might be a problem and that further investigation is needed. So my doctor sent me for an ultrasound, and sure enough, our baby was about a half a pound smaller than normal, but still doing just fine. The only way to know for sure if the baby is growing and developing at the right pace though is ultrasound. And even these can be inaccurate from time to time. A lot of doctors do not do regular ultrasounds unless there is a reason behind them, example high risk pregnancy etc. If they feel that you are growing normally and everything seems ok, sometimes they just do one.
~Ella Ann, July 2, 2007~
~Madilyn Mya, September 21, 2008~