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    Old 04-02-2007, 06:09 AM   #1
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    baby small for gestational age (34 weeks)

    Hello all,
    I know there is nothing I can do about it now but I'm kicking myself for not doing an amnio in earlier pregnancy. I'm 34 weeks now and my baby has measured about 2 weeks small at all my ultrasounds. The obs have not wanted to change the due dates though. The baby also showed an echo focus on the heart at my 21 week sonogram as well as at my last ultrasound at 33 weeks. I've gained so far 20 pounds which I feel is normal but my stomach measures small. I look like I could be 25 weeks at the most. I am feeling like something is wrong with the baby and if I had done more testing I would be better prepared for any issues. I hate regretting things I do not have control over.
    Has anyone had a baby that measured small at ultrasounds but came out fine?
    I appreciate any feedback as I'm getting a little paranoid. Thanks.

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    Old 04-02-2007, 09:48 AM   #2
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    Re: baby small for gestational age (34 weeks)


    All I know about these ultrasounds are that they can be completely inaccurate. Each measurement is plus or minus 3 weeks. The reason your doc has not changed your due date is because you are not three weeks or more too small. I measure about 2-3 weeks big on average on my ultrasounds, and yet my belly measures right on target. I also know that docs can be wrong when they measure your belly because a lot of it depends on how the baby is laying. Is the doctor saying that your uterus is measuring small as well?

    If both ultrasound and external uterus measurements are both saying you are small, then I would say you probably really are small, but if just one is, I would say it could definitely be an error.

    Another thing to consider, is the size of you and your partner at birth. Were you average or small babies? The size of a fetus can range greatly.

    Personally, I wouldn't worry until your doc starts to show signs of worry.

    Hope that helps a little!

    Old 04-02-2007, 09:51 AM   #3
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    Re: baby small for gestational age (34 weeks)

    Genetics can have a lot to do with you baby's size also. Are you petite? if you're small frames, you could just be having a petite baby.

    Old 04-02-2007, 10:16 AM   #4
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    Re: baby small for gestational age (34 weeks)

    [I] was measuring small at 35 weeks. I had an ultrasound that showed my baby to be 5lbs. My doctor decided to induced at 37 weeks. My baby was 6lbs 10 oz. and perfect!!!! I didn't gain alot of weight during my pregnancy and I am small framed. My baby is almost 6 months and is already 20 lbs!!!! Good luck!

    Old 04-02-2007, 10:21 AM   #5
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    Re: baby small for gestational age (34 weeks)

    Thanks for replying.

    One of the reasons I am worrying is that both my husband I are average size. I am about 5'8", 135pds (before pregnancy). We were both average sized babies (around 7.5pds).

    Unfortunately with this pregnancy I had very bad luck finding decent obs. I switched practices 3 times, finally found a reputed midwife but unfortunately have only seen her once in the past 5 visits (I usually see someone else in her practice). I feel bad for this baby that no one has followed through the progress of the entire pregnancy. I think I've seen a different ob/midwife every single visit these past 8 months!

    Old 04-02-2007, 05:26 PM   #6
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    Re: baby small for gestational age (34 weeks)

    Dont worry, 2 weeks is well within normal measurments. My first measured small all the way through, so much so that at 24 weeks I was sent for emergency scans as her head and thigh measurements were small and suggested she was not growing. My ob suggested that I may need to terminate as she may have microcephaly sp? hence the rush to other specialist for a second opinion. Other specialist thought she did not have microcephaly but was very small. Carried on and at 30 weeks was sent for weekly doppler as scans as they kept saying there was not enough blood through the cord etc and she was way too small. This went on until she was born. I was told to prepare myself for the fact that she would be very small. I went a week over my dates then she was born weighing 6lb 7oz and perfectly healthy! some tiny baby eh! Im currently pregnant with my second and expected the same however have been told that I was measuring big (3 weeks at one point) for most of the time, but this week (37) my midwife said I was measuring 2 weeks too small and that baby felt small! Seems like I cant win, however this time I know better than to worry about it and am not taken any notice of what they tell me about size as it varies so much.
    Incidently I am 5'7 and husband is 5'7 and both of us are on the portly side (excessivly so in my case) so dont assume just because you're tall the baby will be big.
    I honestly dont think you have anything to worry about, just try and relax and look forward to seeing your baby.

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