Our baby has been measuring small for dates ever since the dating scan where they changed his due date from my LMP (10th June 2012) to an estimated due date (17th June 2012). Last scan at 28 weeks showed he was in the 10th percentile for fetal growth but today at 32 weeks they have said he is now in the 3rd percentile.
I wasn't/am not worried so much because they say he is symetrically small but I can't help wonder what the implications may be if his growth is slowing down so much.
Also, back at 16 weeks they told me there was a blood clot or placenta lake in my placenta but have told me it's nothing to worry about.
Surely I am due some answers by now!?!
Hey, my baby came out 6 pound 12 and my placenta was very healthy, scans can cause so much worry and give misleading information.
I have No 2 on the way and i will be taking the scans like a pinch of salt.
DS was an IUGR baby. It was accidently discovered because I had a scan through a study I was participating in and they picked up he was small (28 weeks - 7th percentile) and they recommended that I tell my midwife and have a follow up scan in 3 weeks. 3 weeks later baby dropped just above the 3rd percentile. I then had weekly scans and by 35 weeks DS was down to below the 2nd percentile so at 35+6 they induced me and baby came out weighing 2kg (4lb7oz).
DS had jaundice, couldn't regulate his body temperature, and had a bit of trouble staying awake to feed, so he was on nose feeds every second feed. He came home after a week of being in hospital sucking fine and healthy. He is a healthy boy but is still quite petite.
I am currently pregnant with DS2 and he is also an IUGR baby and i am getting induced in 6 days time and 36+6 weeks. He was measuring 2.2kg at my 35 week scan so bigger than DS1 but in 2 weeks his belly has dropped from measuring a week behind to 3 weeks behind and EFW has dropped in 2 weeks from the 27th percentile to the 11th percentile. I have fingers crossed that baby doesnt have to go into the nursery this time being so close to be classified as 'full term' at 37 weeks.
Also with both pregnancies the blood flow to baby has been normal.
Registrar has said the placenta and amniotic fluid are both normal. Baby is still symmetrical but is in the 3rd percentile.
I am now having fortnightly ultrasounds to keep an eye on his progress and have weekly clinic visits to keep an eye on his wellbeing.
The registrar also mentioned inducing him at 38 weeks but we will be discussing that at my next appointment on Tuesday.
Nervous/excited - I can't wait to meet our little man!
My second child, a baby boy, was diagnosed as IUGR when I am pregnant. He was born at 36 weeks weighing 1.9Kgs. Post birth he was 1 month in the NICU due to respiratory distress and hypotonia. He was unable to breathe w/o oxygen. After three weeks he started breathing w/o oxygen support. But he had very low tone and also a very weak cry. So the doctors did a lot of test for him including MRI and some neuro stigment tests. MRI shows all normal.
Now he is at home, and 4.5 months of age. He had developmental issues now. His tone is still low. Has no neck control. Though he moves his hands and legs, but he still does not try to hold any object. He does not look at anyone and there is no social smile. He keeps looking but cannot fix his gaze on any object. He responds to sound and blabbers when we talk to him, but he is unable to locate from where the sound is coming and turn to that direction.
We have got his eyes checked which are absolutely fine as per the doc. The neurologist suggested physiotherapy and visual stimulation for him. We have started that and have started to notice mild improvements, like he now stares for a longer time at objects. But i think we still have a long way to go and have to be very patient with this.
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