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#1 PinkSurvivor

Posted 13 April 2012 - 12:38 PM

OK, well it seems nothing is simple in my world and this is no exception.

My fluid is on the low side (never gave me a value) and baby is measuring 17 weeks when I am 19 weeks +1 day. The sonographer seemed very concerned. I called my OB and she is going on holidays after today but she is booking me in to see someone early next week.

I have no idea what to think, as I've never heard of suspected IUGR this early.

Does anyone know anything about it or have any advice?

What do they do to check on  baby, what are the risks, what can happen. Its going to be a LONG weekend waiting to see an OB sad.gif

ETA: Baby is 3rd percentile.....which going by google is bad growth restriction.

Edited by PinkSurvivor, 13 April 2012 - 02:54 PM.


#2 IsolaBella

Posted 13 April 2012 - 12:44 PM

Just a quick question... are you or your DH small or have any family history of short people.

I am 150cm short (DH is 6ft). My OB did not blink an eye when my 20wk scan came back with bubs #1 measuring over 14 days 'behind' His only comment was that I was small so what did I expect.

DS2 on the other hand was 5 days 'ahead' and DD was 10 days 'behind'.

So just saying that it is not necessarily all bad.

#3 PinkSurvivor

Posted 13 April 2012 - 12:47 PM

well I have had 5 u/s so far the last one a month ago and I was measuring exact for dates until today now I've fallen 2 weeks behind.

I am 162cm and DH is 170cm so we are not tall people but even my 2.8kg and my 3.0kg baby were measuring perfect for dates, and usually ahead, never behind.

I just hope everything is ok....

#4 IsolaBella

Posted 13 April 2012 - 12:51 PM

DS1 was fine for dates until the 20wk scan (I had one at 16wks too as well as the 12wk one).

DS1 at 6yrs of age is 3% for height (and has been his whole life). Was 2.5kgs born

DS2 is 65% for height and 3.2kgs born.

DD is 15% for height and 2.6kgs born.

Fingers crossed it is all OK for you.




#5 ~chiquita~

Posted 13 April 2012 - 01:05 PM

I was measuring a week behind at the 19 week scan.
At that stage we all just thought I had my LMP dates mixed up.

Fundal height was always measuring behind and it wasn't until I was about 32 weeks that I was sent for an ultrasound.

I was closely monitored. I had fortnightly scans to assess growth and dopplers weekly. I also had CTG monitoring every second/third day. DS was born at 35+6 at 1.8kgs after a fortnight of no growth.

I'm sorry, but try not to worry too much. Please don't google, there is some really scary stuff on there.

Best wishes.

#6 butterflyangels

Posted 13 April 2012 - 01:28 PM

I really hope everything is alright and your baby is just measuring small to dates.

I had a similar thing happen my last prgnancy with my baby measuring about 10 days behind at my 19 week scan, which since my preiod was haywire before conception it seemed in line with my LMP, however 10 days later I had my doctors appointment and my baby girl had passing during that time.

Please remember there are a lot more postitive outcome and I am praying all is fine  with your baby

#7 weepingangel

Posted 13 April 2012 - 02:20 PM

IUGR cannot be ascertained by one ultrasound. A diagnosis needs to be made after several repeat scans that show the signs of an IUGR baby. One scan showing a small(ish) baby does not mean IUGR.

Like PP's have said, don't think the worst straight away. Babies come in all sizes.

I'm sure your OB will monitor the situation.

FWIW, 2 of my babies measured 2 weeks behind on ultrasound consistently up until birth ( I was having ultrasounds for another reason, and as long as they kept growing my OB wasn't concerned). They are just petite girls.

#8 PinkSurvivor

Posted 13 April 2012 - 02:58 PM

Thanks for the replies.

Sorry to hear about your loss rubylilysmum.

I meant suspected IUGR, so I changed the post.

I'm just stressed.

Thanks again, fingers crossed everything goes well.

#9 melissaj77

Posted 17 April 2012 - 09:19 PM

I was just coming in to update a similar post with the near exact same measurements at your stage. I ended doing the morphology scan again at 23 weeks and had to have subsequent growth scans and doppler flow checks at 26, 29 and 31 weeks. My baby stayed in the 3rd to 7th percentile or thereabouts and had consistent enough growth. She followed the growth chart but just down low. It was a terrible wait, not knowing if she would be okay but we made it and she was born last Friday by planned c/s @ 38weeks 6 days. She was a small 2.5kgs and 5lbs 7oz but apgars of 9 & 10 and is doing beautifully.

I ended up doing twice weekly CTG's as I wasn't leaving anything to chance. I had an anterior placenta with a quiet baby so it was quite stressful.

Something of interest was my placenta was thick and triple the thickness with calcification. Personally I think this is why she was small. Not sure if they sent my placenta away for testing.

Anyway, good luck and all the best. I just tried to get to major milestones and had faith that if my baby had to come early, then she had a good chance.

#10 butterflyangels

Posted 17 April 2012 - 09:40 PM

Pink Survivor have you had a followup appointment, hope everything went well.

Thinking of you

#11 Elemenopee

Posted 17 April 2012 - 09:43 PM

At a dating scan at 15 weeks, one of my twins was 8 days behind. At 20 weeks, he was 14 days behind. His umbilical cord was velamentous, so he wasn't getting enough blood flow. We had lots more u/s and CTGs, and they were born at 30 weeks. He was 890gms, his identical twin was 1490gms.
They are 3 now and he is so healthy and smart. I KNOW he is doing what he is supposed to as I have his identical twin to compare him to and he completely keeps up. He is smaller, but has gone from not not even on the charts to 25-50%.
I hope you have a similiar happy ending, I remember all too well how scary the unknown can be.

#12 libbylu

Posted 17 April 2012 - 09:52 PM

My friend's baby apparently did not grow at all between 5 and 6 months which raised a flag for her OB.  She was very worried, so went on mat leave early (she was also running after a very active 18month old DS).  By the time the baby was born it had 'caught up'.  Try not to worry too much just yet.  I think they grow in fits and spurts in utero just like they do throughout childhood.

#13 PinkSurvivor

Posted 18 April 2012 - 02:08 PM

Thank you so much for sharing.They said the growth  symetrical as in the entire baby is a little small, every where not just in selected area's. I have another scan tomorrow so hopefully bub has grown a little original.gif I just hope he/she is just small and nothing is significantly wrong.






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