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Baby Percentile Growth
Not sure: The way babies are measured in their pcp's office can be a problem sometimes particularly if the "paper and pencil" method is used. Babies squirm and this method is highly inaccurate. An infantometer is the gold standard for measuring a baby's length. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
My baby is measuring in the 8th percentile at 15 weeks for growth. What are some complications? Could it mean, I will miscarry?
Follow up: 8th percentile is a little concerning, but you need to have follow up ultrasounds to watch feel growth. Now that you are out of the first trimester, your risk of miscarriage is extremely low. ...Read more
I want to track my antenatal growth. Baby's 77mm tall at 13 wks, and 1lb at 20 wks. I want to make sure her percentile is ok. I've not gained lbs yet
What happens if baby drops from fetal growth percentile in 4 weeks but is still within the 10 and 90%? Is that a reason for concern?
No concern: The ultrasound measurements can vary from one test to the next. In the last month or two of pregnancy, ultrasound "guesses" about baby's size and weight can be off by quite a bit. It is not perfect technology. As long as the baby does not drop below the 10th percentile it should be fine. It sounds like you are being followed closely, which is good. Good luck. ...Read more
I saw on my 38 week growth ultrasound that the baby's bpd was in the 9th percentile, yet everything else was 30-50th percentile.Nobody mentioned it to me.Is this just normal variation?He's not breech.
Had my growth ultrasound at 29 weeks pregnant baby is measuring in the 13th percentile and is lbs 2 lbs 9 oz..they said she was fine.is this ok?
13%: Since the fetal weight is 13% it is likely that your doctor will want to repeat the sonogram in 3-4 weeks to confirm adequate fetal growth. Less than 10% is considered be the cutoff for fetal growth restriction. Discuss the plan of care with the doctor treating your pregnancy ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I am 15 weeks pregnant and my baby's growth is in the 8th percentile. The doctor says my baby is measuring a couple of days behind. Could this be why?
Depends: Sometimes, this early in the pregnancy, a baby could be at the 8th percentile because you or your husband are on the short side. Another reason could be doctor's comparing this ultrasound against a previous one and there's an error in dating. First trimester ultrasounds can be off by +/- 5 days or so. Which, as you might guess, can affect the accuracy. Ob/Gyn will tell you if need to be worried ...Read more
Too big; too little: Doctors like to see babies grow "the right amount". To follow the growth in length (height), weight, and head size, the doctor measures the baby at birth, 1 month, 2 months, 4 months, etc. . . .. The measurements are plotted on growth charts. If the charts show that a baby is too big or too little, then there may be a medical problem or possibly a hereditary tendency to be big or little. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Not much: Percentiles compare us to others at the same age. If we are in the 80th height percentile, then we are taller than 80 out of 100 kids the same age. We grow at different levels sometimes though, and we can be 80th percentile one month and then 30th percentile 3 months later. As long as kids have a progressive gain, they are probably fine. Acute changes should be addressed by your doc. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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