What does it mean if a 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.
What is the cause of a small baby?
The most common reason why a baby is smaller than average — weighing less than 2.5kg at birth — is prematurity (being born before 37 weeks’ gestation). The earlier the baby is born, the smaller they are likely to be. This is because the baby will have had less time in the womb to grow.
Can stress cause baby to be small?
High levels of stress that continue for a long time may cause health problems, like high blood pressure and heart disease. During pregnancy, stress can increase the chances of having a premature baby (born before 37 weeks of pregnancy) or a low-birthweight baby (weighing less than 5 pounds, 8 ounces).
Can a small baby grow up tall?
Long babies may well grow up to be tall, but genes also have an influence. If you and your partner are tall, then your baby is also likely to be tall, even if he was a small baby. However, there are no guarantees. Some children grow up to be shorter adults than their parents, and others taller.
How can I increase fetal weight?
Consider trying these diet changes to gain weight more slowly:
- Eat the appropriate portion size and avoid second helpings.
- Choose low-fat dairy products.
- Exercise; consider walking or swimming on most if not all days.
- Use low-fat cooking methods.
- Limit sweets and high-calorie snacks.
- Limit sweet and sugary drinks.
Can stress make your baby small?
During pregnancy, stress can increase the chances of having a premature baby (born before 37 weeks of pregnancy) or a low-birthweight baby (weighing less than 5 pounds, 8 ounces). Babies born too soon or too small are at increased risk for health problems.
What happens if your baby is too small?
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.