I had a growth scan yesterday and was told that my baby is only in the 10th percentile for estimated weight, which is down from 40th percentile 4 weeks ago.
I have hypertension (medicated) which is starting to go up again (140/80 yesterday) and also hypothyroid which is why I am having growth scans.
My obstetrician basically said let's try and make it to 32 weeks and ideally they want to push to 36 weeks.
Anyone else have a small baby at this point whose growth picked up and they made it to full term? I guess I am worried about having a small premature baby.
My baby has measured small from the beginning, but between 20 and 24 weeks, he seemed to be catching up a little bit. He was in the 30th percentile though, so it wasn't anything my doc worried about. I haven't had an u/s since 24 weeks, so I don't know how he's doing now, but I'm measuring a week big, so I'm worried he caught up and then some...???
Are you measuring small as well? I don't know how much to put into my measurement - I'm not convinced it means baby is big, but I don't know...???
Good luck! I hope your little one catches up so you don't have to go so early!
I don't have the medical conditions you do and had much the same experience. It was slow gradual growth and I ended up delivering at term. My uterus stops growing around 34 weeks and I always measure behind by 2-3 weeks for fundal height. However we know we are bang on for dates. My DD was 5lbs 5oz (3rd %ile) at full term (39w5d) delivery. She was healthy as could be and has never skipped a beat. My boys were both the exact same at 6lbs 14oz (39w 2d, 39w 5d). At their growth scans they were measuring any where between 10th-25th on the scans, but when they were born they were closer to the 50th %ile than the lower side (there is no way they plumped up that much in the 4days for my first DS and in 2 days for my 2nd DS)
Generally what they are going to look for now is baby to continue on the 10th %ile or to stay near it. Hopefully you are able to keep baby in until the 36 week mark at least if not beyond. I was told several times to expect to be induced and to expect to have an early delivery due to lack of or growth stopping. Luckily all were very close to due date (too close in my opinion, they could have come a week or two earlier).
Thanks for the replies, it's great to hear other people's experiences.
I am hoping that I just have small babies and its not actually any restricted growth or anything! I guess time will tell. It's nice to know that it's not a given that I will be induced really early.
I haven't actually had my bump measured yet either, I just have scans to assess the babies size so I have no idea if I measure small or not too. Apparently I do look small for my dates, but who knows as people are always keen to give you an uneducated opinion!
i had a small baby in my last pregnancy and like you my baby was below the 10th centile and they told me lets try and get to 30 weeks but i actually made it to 38 weeks before they decided to induce me as long as theres some growth between each scan they were happy xx
My friend just had a healthy little girl. She was measuring small for months, and she was born 6lbs 4 oz and was perfectly healthy on Monday evening. Even if you deliver early and the baby is small, it is amazing what they can do. I had a baby at 29 weeks 1 day. She did pass away 6 days after birth, but not because of her size. She had trisomy 18, and unfortunately it is a fatal disorder. I know what it's like to be afraid to deliver early. They have me doing non stress tests twice a week (starting this week) and my next is on Friday where I will be 29 weeks and 1 day :S
I saw many people in the NICU with babies born extremely premature. These babies were in the NICU for a while, but did get to go home and live a normal life. Two or three babies went home over the course of our time there and others were close to going home. While the NICU can be a scary place, the nurses and doctors can be amazing, and other parents there band together to support one another. I'm not saying this will happen. You have a good chance of carrying the baby to term. I just want you to know if you do end up in the NICU, it doesn't mean things will end up bad. Medical science is amazing and small babies receive care, recover, and go home.
I wish you all the best. Hang in there. I know it's scary, but take it one day at a time, one test at a time. Every day you keep your baby inside of you give your baby a better chance. Every test you get through, every milestone you make is important and one step closer to having your baby.
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