Frequent question: What happens if your baby is small?

What does being small mean for my baby? If your baby is small but healthy, he or she is not at increased risk of complications. If your baby is growth restricted, there is an increased risk of stillbirth (the baby dying in the womb), serious illness and dying shortly after birth.

What does it mean if baby is measuring small?

Babies are diagnosed with intrauterine growth restriction (IUGR) if they appear to be smaller than expected. This would happen if an ultrasound indicates that the baby’s weight is below the 10th percentile for their gestational age (weeks of pregnancy). It’s also called fetal growth restriction (FGR).

Should I worry if baby is measuring small?

No, there’s not necessarily anything wrong if your baby is small for dates. Babies grow at different rates and some are simply smaller than average. Measurements aren’t always accurate either. Your midwife may offer you a growth scan though, to be on the safe side.

Is it okay if my baby is small?

Some babies are small because their parents are small. But most babies who are small for gestational age have growth problems that happen during pregnancy. Many of these babies have a condition called intrauterine growth restriction (IUGR).

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What could cause a baby to be small in the womb?

The most common reasons for a baby to be small are the following: The mother smoked cigarettes during pregnancy. The mother drank alcohol during pregnancy. The mother had high blood pressure during pregnancy.

Can a small fetus catch up?

Most babies born too small for their gestational age catch up over the first two or three years of life. However, in about a third, complete catch-up growth does not occur. These children remain small and don’t reach their genetic potential as defined by their parental heights.

How can I increase fetal growth?

An increased intake of fruits and vegetables or vitamin C at mid-pregnancy is associated with increased fetal growth and infant growth up to 6 months of age.

Why is my belly so small at 8 months?

Your uterus will tend to grow upwards rather than push outwards. Result: your belly will look smaller. If you’re a shorter woman, there’s a smaller space between your hip and your lowest rib. That means less room for the baby to grow upwards, so your uterus will push outwards instead.

What happens if baby measures small at 38 weeks?

But most babies who are small for gestational age have growth problems that happen during pregnancy. Many of these babies have a condition called intrauterine growth restriction. This happens when the unborn baby doesn’t get the nutrients and oxygen needed to grow and develop organs and tissues.