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I'm 35 weeks and I just went in for my apt., I'm measuring 31 weeks. I've always felt this baby was smaller and to compound matters this baby is sitting extremely low. My midwife told me not to worry too much about it and ordered an u/s to see how the growth and position (this one flips a lot which is understandable if it is smaller).<br><br>
I wanted to know, what are the causes of slow growth? Is there a good book that I can reference? Also I've heard that u/s are not that accurate in size esp. later in the game. However I have known a person to have a stillborn b/c it stopped growing the last few weeks so I have to at least take things seriously into consideration.
 

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Wow, I'm really sad. I've had 3 posts lately and absolutely noone has responded to any of them. 2 of the others were a little more complicated but this one I'm sure that at the very least someone could at least show moral support. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"> Too bad, i thought this was a place for information and support. Guess I was wrong.
 

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Hey, mama, I'm sorry I didn't see this until right now.<br><br>
Ultrasounds are probably best used as a baseline and followed up with on a regular basis, rather than a one-time thing for growth.<br><br>
It is true that u/s are highly inaccurate at this stage in the game for estimating weight, but if you have a couple within a few weeks of each other, they are okay at verifying growth.<br><br>
IUGR, or intrauterine growth restriction, is when the baby isn't getting enough of what it needs from the placenta/uterus. The growth is different than a small baby - with IUGR, the head is usually larger in comparison with the body. Some babies are smaller, some position themselves in different positons, and some providers will get different measurements.<br><br>
How are you eating? Are you getting enough protein (at every meal or snack)? You can up your calorie intake over the next couple weeks and see if that helps.<br><br>
Chances are, I'll bet at your next visit, you'll see more of a standard measurement - and some growth to boot! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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Hi DrewsMom<br><br>
i had this very same situation with my pregnancy....<br>
i measured at least 4 weeks 'behind' since 29 weeks...and because i didnt know any better, i was put on bedrest in the hospital for over 4 weeks straight <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/confused.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Confused">: they said the baby was IUGR, they said the baby was too small and she wasnt growing (iugr, low fluid, they also suggestd maybe something was wrong with her lungs or kidneys because of the iugr) and i had ultrasounds twice a week for 4 weeks <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"> and then finally around 34 weeks i went home and still was told to stay on bedrest...well, they got me all worked up and i kept reading so much and the dr. couldnt keep up with all my questions==i questioned EVERYTHING and was known as the 'difficult patient' <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"> but it really was good to read up..i went to medical sites, midwifery sites, here on mothering and gathered so much info, i *told* the u/s techs what to look for, and knew what everything meant..maybe i went overboard but it made me feel better to be informed.,...anyway....<br><br>
at 38 weeks dr. wanted to induce...i was soo reluctant, but he wanted to do so because of the theoretical risk of cord compression because i had low amnitoic fluid...i fought and fought that one till i got advice from a very-non-intervening midwife and even she thought it might be in the best interest of the baby<br><br>
in my situation the u/s was *very* accurate..they said i'd have a 5 lb something ounce baby and dd was born 5lbs, 7oz...but here she is 12 weeks, 12lbs later a happy (well, not today) healthy little girl...<br><br>
anyway my point is i guess, trust that ur body is designed to have babies; there is a place for medical interventions but in most cases they are excessive and unnecessary (as in my case);<br><br>
sorry for rambling..reread ur post--if u do searches on iugr u may find info u need..i had 2 obstetrics books my friend lent me while i was in the hospital but mostly it was all off the net...as far as i understood slow growth could be do to restriction, placental insufficiency, poor maternal nutrition, smoking, genetics (dh and i both have small frames) and i'm sure i'm missing some...<br><br>
but dont worry mama...do as much reading as u can without letting urself go crazy with worry <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> lol...if only we took our own advice eh?
 

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I think ultrasounds can only give you a ball park figure. my ultrasound said the baby weighed atleast 5lbs and she came out weighing 3lbs. i had severe toximia and pih at 37 weeks she weighed 3lbs, like i said. i think paart of it is hereditary. my grandmother had pih with all pregnancies. my dh weighed the same at birth as dd , 3lbs. of course , no dr. i know will confirm my suspisions.
 

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Thank you very much for the responses. All of them have been so helpful and give me a place to start. I didn't even know that slow growth is referred to as IUGR so thank you. I will start looking it up. I have an u/s tomorrow. I hadn't even thought about it until today when someone brought it to my attention but they will also have my 22 week u/s and that can be a good comparison to see what's going on. The movements have been very good with the baby so that's reassuring. tHanks
 

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Update: The u/s showed me measuring the baby at 5.5 lbs and in the 50th percentile for amniotic fluid. So basically right on. I know that they're not always accurate but I've been gaining 1 lbs. a week since. I'm 37 weeks and having some prelabor signs. But I'm glad to know that even if this baby is on the small side that it's growing each week and movement has been very good. In fact it feels like it's trying to push it's way out this week <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">. Thank you for the input.
 
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