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I feel like there may have been a thread already on this but now that it's on my mind I cant locate...\\

 

Midwife says im measuring 'a little bit small" - cant tell if i should be worried or not. Im still growing and my weight is on a steady increase - she said it could be that Im 'small" and the baby may be small (sure doesnt feel that way!!!)   Should i be alarmed?  This has not been an issue til now....

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Has the baby dropped yet? I was measuring ahead for much of the pregnancy, but now the baby has dropped and I'm measuring right on target.

 

I remember someone posting about measuring small, but I wonder if it was in one of the chat threads, maybe?

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I had three different doctors (including a specialist) insist that my son hadn't grown at all during the last three months of my pregnancy.  Ultrasounds "confirmed" that he would be a "micro-preemie".  I was scheduled for c-sections and inductions (all which I didn't show up for).  He came out shortly after all that chaos at almost 9 pounds. :-/ So the measuring small thing really doesn't mean much to me, especially if your pregnancy has been otherwise healthy.  And if your midwife was really concerned, you would know it asap.  She would definitely be letting you know.  In the case with my son, he kept flipping from breech to head down, so that's why his measurements were so funky.  Not sure how they managed to goof up so many ultrasounds though.

 

I bet you and the baby are fine.  The measurements are a good thing to pay attention to, but they are by no means a perfect science.

 

 


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I bet you and the baby are fine.  The measurements are a good thing to pay attention to, but they are by no means a perfect science.


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I'm 40 weeks and just measured in at 35-36.  I've been measuring this way for the last 3-4 weeks.  MW not concerned at all.  I'm gaining steady weight, his heart rate is great.  Fundal height can be very subjective.  My GF measured 2-3 weeks behind consistently and they told her she would have a 5-6lb baby.  Baby girl weighed in at 8lb 10oz so no very accurate IMO.  As long as everything keeps progressing for you, I wouldn't lose much sleep over it.  Hope that helps even just a little.

 

 


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So wait,I have to clarify once again because I'm still not sure I believe it: Are you still supposed to be measuring as many cm as weeks at this point? From pubic bone to fundus?

 

Because if that's the case, I've been measuring "behind" by American standards this whole pregnancy (34 cm at 38 weeks, and now it's gone down to 33 cm at 39 weeks because the baby is dropping) but right on track by Finnish standards (here cm are not supposed to equal weeks at any point). Finns are no different in size than Americans. I just do not get this whole thing. headscratch.gif Anyway nald, I wouldn't worry about it. I also agree with CCL about the measurements not being exact science.


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My MW told me today that there is no point trying to match the measurements past 36 weeks since even though it may not look like it, the babes start dropping slightly...as i understand it they keep taking the measurements to see if there is a drastic change along side another issue (like dropping significant weight) at the same time.

 

I would trust your instincts on this one. 

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As long as everything else looks good, I wouldn't worry about it.  I've been a doula for several clients who have 'measured small' and were told they would have little tiny babies. . . *none* of them have been small at birth!  smile.gif


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I had posted a thread about measuring small too.  I was measuring 33 wks at both my 35 and 37 wks appts and was concerned.  My midwife was not.  Baby was active, I had gained weight, and she thought the baby had dropped a little.  Today I am 39 wks and I measured 35 wks so I gained 2 wks in a week and a half and the baby's head is very low. 


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I've been a doula for several clients who have 'measured small' and were told they would have little tiny babies. . . *none* of them have been small at birth!  smile.gif


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This seems to be a trend.  I swear that the women I know who've been told they're going to have the smallest babies, end up having the biggest.  I wish care providers wouldn't say things like that...  You would think that they would learn irked.gif

 


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I dont feel like this baby is small - he actually has a heft to him my daughter didnt - and i already weigh a pound over where I was at whern she arrived.   Selfishly, one of the first thoughts i had was "please dont make me have to be pregnant THAT long!!!!" - I didnt know if it meant my due date was off- ugh on that possibility- IM DONE!!!!

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This seems to be a trend.  I swear that the women I know who've been told they're going to have the smallest babies, end up having the biggest.  I wish care providers wouldn't say things like that...  You would think that they would learn irked.gif

 

 

My midwife told me DS would be an average sized baby, maybe 7 pounds, but that he would NOT be big. He was born at 40 weeks, 1day weighing 9 lb 14 1/2 oz. They're telling me this one is not going to be big (at this point--they were REALLY worried about babe being big  earlier in pregnancy). I'm just going to wait and see.
 

 

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 I wish care providers wouldn't say things like that...  You would think that they would learn irked.gif

 


Seriously.  About *so many* things!  Sigh.  

 


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