A 32-year-old female asked:
my obgyn. doctor said that my baby's head may be small at birth, what can this mean i am 8 months pregnant and i have ms and mental disabilities
2 doctor answers
Dr. Heidi Fowler answered
25 years experience Psychiatry
Hi, : Hi, i think it is very important to ask your obstetrician what she or he is referring to. On the one hand, it could be that your fetusâ€™ head is small enough that it might allow the delivery to go more easily. Regarding head size, find out if the doctor is referring to a circumference that is on the low end of normal. Also, be aware that the measurements taken in utero may not be exactly the same as when the baby is measured at birth. There is a genetic component regarding head circumference. In other words, a number of members of a family may have a small head and are completely healthy with normal intelligence. This is called benign familial microcephalus. Before you start worrying about whether this is a defect, please sit down and talk to the doctor and ask for an explanation. Ask your doctor is there is a concern regarding your baby's head or if she or he is simply notifying you that the baby's head may be small.
Answered on Oct 3, 2016
Dr. Johanna Fricke answered
50 years experience Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics
Have a prenatal : Visit to your pediatrician to ask if your baby's head growth can be monitored a little more often than usual & if developmental surveillance with standardized screening tests will be done at every well-child check. It'll help to know your current head circumference, cognitive abilities & medications. Your state's early intervention program will also help you monitor your baby's development.
Answered on Jan 6, 2013
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