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08-30-2008, 04:30 PM
Hi I am 35 weeks pregnant and 5 foot tall.. So far I gained a total of 18 pounds which my doctor is on my case for b/c she thinks I am measuring too small.. A few weeks back I had another ultrasound where they measured the baby, fluid, etc and everything looked fine. He is breech right now. Yesterday she said I am measuring 5 cm less than I should be and she wants me to go twice a week for non-stress testing. I went and the doctor said everything looks fine. I am overreacting and stressing too much about this. Both my husband and I were 6 pound babies and my mom said she only gained 15 total with me. I am now feeling pelvic pressure and worried that my baby is not moving as much as he did yesterday. My husband said because I got myself really upset yesterday and I am still worried. What should I do? Has anyone had a similiar situation
08-30-2008, 10:25 PM
I had a similar situation (atleast for the measuring small, extra ultrasound, and breech baby- I've gained more than 30 pounds at 36 weeks, though). I was measuring 28cm at my 32 week appointment (4 cm small and the same as at my 30 week appointment). At my ultrasound, everything came back normal. My fluid was on the lower side of normal, but still okay. My OB thought he was breech at my 34 week appointment, so I had another ultrasound scheduled for next week. I've since had my 36 week appointment- baby has turned head down and dropped into my pelvis, so I've been given the free and clear. I know that it is hard to have these questions looming over your head (you'll find a couple of threads on here that I started when I was going through this), but take comfort in your doctor giving you an all clear from you NST. Most likely, you are just having a smaller baby, like you and your husband were. Are you sure if your baby is still breech now? I didn't know for sure until the doc said that he could definitely feel his head in my pelvis during my exam. If the baby is breech, you still have a little time for him/her to trun on their own. The pelvic pressure might be a sign that baby has started to drop (although that doesn't necessarily mean that labor is right aroung the corner). If your are concerned about baby's movement, you could check with your OB. There is also a way to check. I think (and this would be worth double checking...) that if you are laying down, you should be able to count about 10 movements (of any type by baby) an hour. Try to relax a bit and enjoy the rest of your pregnancy. Your OB will be keeping an eye on you and will let you know if you should be concerned. Best of luck.
08-31-2008, 01:34 PM
I also had a similar situation with my DD 4 years ago. I also had to go for the non-stress tests, and then game the dopplers (special ultrasounds). My OB had the same fear as yours does. I was 115 to start and I has only gained 18 lbs total by my 37th week. They said that my daugter hadnt gained weight or grown in over a month. After all the tests and dopplers, the ended up inducing my labor 3 weeks early. My daughter was born at 5lbs 3 oz and 18" long. Although considered a preemie, she didnt go to the NICU. She had perfect apgar tests as well. She was jaundice, and had a hard time holding her body temperature, but she was healthy enough to be released after 4 days. After release, we had to visit the pediatrician daily for about 2 weeks while they monitored her jaundice. It cleared up on its own and she never required further treatments for it. I did have to go out and invest in Preemie clothes, which I didnt originally purchase. She wore those for about the 1st (2) months.
My daughter is now 4 years old. She is definately still small at 26 lbs and 3 feet tall. She is starting Preschool in 6 days, barely in a size 3T. She has no lasting medical problems but is still only in the 3rd percentile on the growth chart.
I am now pregnant with my 2nd and have an EDD of 1/22/09. I started this pregnancy at 126 lbs and I am now 19 weeks along. To date, I have only gained
2 lbs, and this time, the doctor doesnt seem too concerned.
08-31-2008, 05:31 PM
thanks I am glad that I am not the only one that's gone through this.. I keep telling myself if they thought something was wrong on Friday they wouldn't of sent me home. He is still active mostly at night. Why are the doctors so into the weight gain? One of the nurses said she gained 10 pounds and had a 8 pound baby. It is driving me crazy!!!!
08-31-2008, 09:59 PM
Weight gain, or lack their of, can be a related to a lot of things. At the beginning of all three of my pregnancies, I lost weight (my third I was still nursing my second child). A lot of people will lose weight at the beginning or put on less weight simply because they are eating healthier. As long as you are moving in the right direction, there is not a specific magic number that is better than the rest. Glad to hear you're feeling a little better about everything. It is never fun to have something looming over your head, but your right that the docs will definitely let you know if you're in any danger. Good luck with the last few weeks...
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