Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: Bergen county, NJ
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Quick story from 1st pg: At about 36 weeks, OB feels baby and says he is positioned transverse or breech. She orders u/s. At u/s, we learn baby is perfectly head-down, but measuring small (5-10 percentile). This leads to a bunch of alarmist b/s, "what-if-the-baby-is-small-because-of-low-fluid-and/or-failure-to-thrive", sending us to a neonatal specialist for another u/s, talking about early induction, etc. The neonatal specialist says yes baby is small, but no signs whatsoever that anything is wrong (heartbeat, fluid etc. are all fine)! We strongly resist continued hints from OBs about induction.
Ds was born in his own time, natural childbirth with no interventions - 6lb 3oz. He has been consistently <10th percentile his entire life. We bf'ed exclusively and didn't stress over his weight as long as he stayed on the same growth curve. At 20 months, he is the most healthy, active, fearless midget toddler you can imagine.
Moral of my story: don't panic - take the dire warnings with a grain of salt. Be careful of letting a cascade of interventions start! IMO, if there are no other signs of anything wrong besides a highly suspect measuring tape, there probably isn't.