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Old Mar 31st, 2011, 20:27 PM   1
LDunh
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small baby - IUGR? What to expect?


I found this website by doing a search on information for babies that have IUGR. I am currently 25 w 2 d into my third pregnancy. Everything seemed to be going fine, except that bilateral choroid plexus cysts were found in the baby's brain at 18 weeks and still persist. Although I am concerned about the cysts, new developments are even more perplexing.

My previous 2 pregnancies were complicated as I will discuss below so I started having bi-weekly appointments with a maternal fetal medicine specialist since about 12 weeks. At our appointment at 24 w 1 day gestation, the ultrasound tech did a growth measurement on the baby. The findings were stunning for us. His head/brain measured at 25th percentile, the belly measured at the 8th percentile, and femur at the 3rd percentile. When the doctor came to speak with my husband and I, he said that the baby was small and that I need to eat more and reduce my stress level. Since I had the nuchal translucency ultrasound at 12 weeks that was within normal limits and the quad screen was within normal limits, he said it was probably something environmental.

Then I go home and search the Internet and get totally freaked out by all the information out there. I am pretty sure that this means my baby has IUGR. I am terrified and am looking for any positive light on this situation. Has anyone had a similar experience?

Notes about my previous pregnancies:
I had a baby boy (born August 2007) at 23 w 6 days at 15.7 ounces. The placenta was severely enlarged and there was reversed blood flow. The baby was severely growth restricted. I chose delivery by c-section. Baby lived for 3 days and passed away because his kidneys were very undeveloped and weren't passing urine. Doctors said experience was a "fluke" (I hate that word!) and was unlikely to happen again.

I had a baby girl (born December 2008) at 35 w 4 days at 6 pounds, 8 ounces. I had been having contractions since 32 weeks. I was taking medications to stop them. My daughter had to be on oxygen for 1 week and then stayed in hospital for 2 more weeks because her sucking reflex was too undeveloped. She know is a healthy 2 year old who is in the 75th percentile for height and weight.

Because of my past early delivery, I am being given weekly progesterone shots to prevent early contractions again.



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Old Apr 2nd, 2011, 13:51 PM   2
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hiya our baby was delivered in Nov 7 weeks early due to IUGR and its because I have a condition that my blood clots to quick and the blood flow had reversed in one of the veins in the cord. So she was said to be around 3lb but was del the follwing day at 4lbs 3oz and she stayed in high dependancy for 5 weeks and special care for 2 weeks. I can explain further if you have any further questions xx



 
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Old Apr 2nd, 2011, 20:41 PM   3
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I am going weekly to the doctor to look for changes in blood flow, amount of amniotic fluid, and fetal movement observations. All is in normal range so far. Do you remember what your baby's measurements were around 24 weeks? And how is your baby doing now? Is he catching up growth-wise?



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Old Apr 2nd, 2011, 20:43 PM   4
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I meant "she," sorry!



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Old Apr 3rd, 2011, 04:29 AM   5
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Ellie measured 14 weeks at 22 weeks so was always measured very very small but then on the Fri the scan measurments showed she was around 3lb but was del on the Sat at 4lb 3oz but she did drop to 3lb after birth as she was very poorly. Ellie is now 21 weeks, 14 corrected and is still in newborn clothes but a very happy baby xx



 
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