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I'm at 38 weeks now, and my belly has been measuring small for the past month or so (I don't know exactly how small, but EVERYONE comments on how small I am---my belly, that is, not me as a whole.) I've had two ultrasounds in the past month to check the baby's size, and I'm scheduled for another one next week. The baby has measured a couple of days small in the past two ultrasounds, which is acceptable, but my OB is still wanting to make sure, as ultrasound measurements can be off. I'm not freaking out or anything -- the OB says I probably just have "wide hips" (I could've told her that!) -- but I'm wondering how many other women have measured small at this stage. Any stories of measuring small and having "normal"-sized babies? I did not measure small at all in my last pregnancy, which ended only 18 months ago, but I wonder if everything is just sitting lower this time because my pregnancies are so close together. I know that the baby is either small or sitting lower, because I'm not having the horrendous reflux or lack of breath that I had with DD#1. Any thoughts? I'm not amongst the anti-U/S crowd, though I know many here are, and I respect their views; to me, it's more of an annoyance to go to the hospital, go through check-in, wait, wait, wait, have the U/S, then have the Dr. tell me everything looks fine. (Dr. is not freaking out about this either; she's assuming everything is normal until she learns otherwise, which is a good approach, I think. I do like this OB and respect her opinion.)
 

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Hope I can be some help. I was consistently measuring small when I was pg with my dd. At 30w5d, I had an ultrasound, just to check the babe out, and she measured right to the original due date given by my first ultrasound, down to the day. My dr. wanted me to have the u/s just to be sure, as he was very cautious about everything. He felt I was doing fine, and I was. He explained to me that I have a longer torso, and just my body shape in general could cause me to measure smaller. I also appeared alot smaller in the belly than my sister who was due six weeks after me. I never really got hugely pg looking. My dd ended up being born right on her due date weighing 6lbs 15 oz and was 20.5 inches long. Perfectly healthy. So I guess, some women just carry smaller than others.<br><br>
Another thing you mentioned could be true. I am pg with #2 right now, and just met with my Dr's Nurse practioner this week, and she explained that more than likely I will carry this baby lower, since the first baby kinda stretched everything out. Also mentioned some extra pains that are completely normal from carrying a baby a little lower in the pelvis.<br><br>
HTH, and good luck!
 

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Late pg ultrasounds aren't particularly accurate for measuring size. Also, towards the end of pregnancy the size of the fetus will vary a bit just based on different rates of growth, just as babies and children don't all grow at the exact same rate, it doesn't mean something's wrong! As for the measurement, it is probably just due to your body shape/carrying low.
 

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I didn't have an ultrasound but with #2 I was small at the end- I don't think I ever measured above 35 cm. My pregnancies were about the same distance apart (the boys are 19 months apart) and I sure didn't measure small the first time!! My midwife didn't really seemed concerned although she kept telling me this was going to be a small baby not much more then 6 pounds.<br><br>
--He weighed 9 pounds and 9 ounces!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/yikes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="EEK!"><br><br>
We were all surprised!
 

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Late pregnancy u/s can be very inaccurate, something like 2lbs off in either direction. I didn't have a u/s last time, but with ds1 I was measuring small throughout my pg. At my 40 week ultrasound they figured I was measuring 38 weeks and the baby was around 6 lbs. He was born a week later and weighed 8lbs 8oz. As long as you feel everything is okay I wouldn't worry <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
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I've had a few women at term measuring 34 weeks or so. Both women had smaller babies (6lbs), but there were no issues.<br><br>
The ultrasounds will help determine a baseline of growth, but as others have pointed out, they are horribly inaccurate at predicting weight.
 

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I had a healthy pregnancy IMO with my first, my Dr insisted I keep a food journal as I wasn't gaining. He told at term, shaking his head, that he'd be surprised if this baby would make 6 lbs. He was sure I was starving myself, and the baby would suffer.<br><br>
My boy was 8lb 9oz. And that was my smallest one so far.<br><br>
I know many people that get told that. it depends on angles, fundal height can be measured differently in one day by different HCP. Don't put too much into it. If you're feeling healthy and baby is wriggling normally, don't stress yourself. It's not the time for stress.
 

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Thank you all for your stories and reassurance. Mostly I was just wondering whether I should be worrying (worrying about not worrying---now THAT'S silly!) I have, of course, gained the proper amount of weight, around 30 pounds so far, so maybe that's why Dr. isn't worrying. So now I know that I don't need to worry about it. Thanks!
 

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Just to add I always measure small for dates. Also, I hardly gained any weight last pregnancy, just 14 lbs. But gave birth to a full term 8lb 4oz sweetie pie. This time I've gained twice that but still measure small. Just one of those things I guess.
 
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