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    Default 33wk growth scan - big head & short femur....should I worry?

    So yesterday I had a 33 week growth scan due to my belly being a little small and I was slightly underweight before I got pregnant. The midwife said I barely even needed it but they better do it because of their policy. Well I wish I refused the damn thing now because it's just made me super worried I don't have any exact measurements to tell you, but basically his femurs are measuring at 9% or 31 weeks, and his head is 98% nearly 35 weeks! The sonographer told me not to worry, that overall he is growing fine, but after googling it (I should be banned from google) all this stuff about down syndrome and dwarfism came up! All my previous scans have been absolutely perfect, and I should add that all the males on hubby's side of the family are very short, so that could explain the short femurs right?
    Has anyone else had low/high measurements at the growth scan but everything turned out ok??
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    Default 33wk growth scan - big head & short femur....should I worry?

    As with any scan late in pregnancy they just have to be half a ml out for the measurement to be wrong...
    I had to have a c/s with DD2 as she had a tiny head and fat belly well when she was born she was in perfect proportion...
    I wouldn't be concerned at all..

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    Please try not to stress and STOP GOOGLING! I had to have growth scans between around 32 and 38 weeks and DS's femur for some reason measured about a week behind everything else (the sonographer said it shouldn't be a worry). He is 19 months old now and perfectly normal! Don't forget there can be inaccuracies when they take measurements - they take a bunch and then average them out - the further along you are the harder it is to get accurate measurements or get bub in the right position to get a good measurement.

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    Default 33wk growth scan - big head & short femur....should I worry?

    Thanks for both your replies
    Just an update, my midwife rang today and said the obstetrician reviewed the ultrasound and was completely happy with it, and I need no follow up scans! She actually said his femur was in the 50th percentile and that the ultrasound people use American software to chart the results, whereas they use the Australian version so all is good
    Thanks again!

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    Default 33wk growth scan - big head & short femur....should I worry?

    Glad the MW rang least you would feel alot more reassured now.. Best of luck for the remainder of your pregnancy


 

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