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What could cause a low birth weight baby, small placenta, and intrauterine growth retardation?
My baby was unexpectedly low birth weight (5 lbs), the placenta was quite small (half the normal weight) and showed other abnormalities (abnormal shape, color, sheen), and the doctors later said there was intrauterine growth retardation.
Interestingly enough, we had mutliple ultrasounds because we had some soft markers for other problems that turned out to be false. None of the ultrasound measurements or manual abdominal measurements (other than one that was on the low side) were off or abnormal. I measured small but always within the normal range.
In addition to the small size and small placenta, the baby had a lot of heavy meconium, low Apgars, a heart murmur, and had trouble regulating body temperature and blood sugar.
It was a planned pregnancy, I had good pre-natal care, I ate well, I've never smoked. I was not on birth control of any kind for years before pregnancy. I did not take any medications. I did not drink any alcohol. I took prenatal vitamins.
We have no known genetic conditions in either family. Cousins of my baby have all been above 6 lbs, most are in the 7 to 9 lb range.
My baby was not early (was full term) but did show signs of post-term (wrinkled skin, etc).
Any ideas for causes? Anyone else been through something similar?
Also, I want to add that my child now as a toddler has hypotonia (low muscle tone), significant speech delay, mild motor delay, and has had poor growth overall (low on the growth charts, less than 5th percentile), as well as multiple food allergies and sensory issues. I have always had terrible periods, lots of intense cramping, pain, and heavy bleeding.
I was just wondering if you were on a progestin only pill or contraceptive or if you took an emergency contraceptive pill (immediately) before you fell pregnant?
Progestin only contraceptive
implants norplant & jadelle, intrauterine systems (progestasert&mirena)
Cerazette, implanon, depo-provera and Noristerat.
As these could have an effect on the endometrium, which cld affect implantation (theoretcially it says here).
i don't have the web address but if you look under google
clinical significance of subchorionic & retroplacental hematomas detected in first trimester (sometimes there is no vaginal bleeding, its behind the myometrium)
by american college of obstetricians & gynae - elsevier
implantation problems - placenta abruption, placental separation abnormalities, IUGR, more operative delivery from fetal distress, placental insufficiency, preeclampsia, gestational diabetes & meconium-stained amniotic fluid