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6 weeks pregnant & have lost all symptoms. High-risk pregnancy with possible slow fetal growth according to OB. Am I facing the loss of this baby?

6 weeks pregnant & have lost all symptoms. High-risk pregnancy with possible slow fetal growth according to OB. Am I facing the loss of this baby?

Unknown: In general we can not use a lack of negative symptoms as a predictive tool for pregnancy outcome. You are very early in pregnancy. The way to determine if things are ok is to see your doctor. They can do a sonogram to confirm a live intrauterine pregnancy. ...Read more

Dr. Jeffrey Satinover
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When your due date arrives, you will be more than ready to have your baby! Most women deliver the baby somewhere between 37 and 42 weeks. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, only 5% of babies arrive on the exact due date. Approximately 7% of babies are not delivered by 42 weeks, and when that happens, it is referred to ...Read more


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What causes fetal growth restriction?

What causes fetal growth restriction?

MF/placental factors: Maternal-fetal and placental etiologies can all cause fetal growth restriction. Severa fetal syndromes can lead to fgr (e.g. Down, patau, triploidy, edwards, noonan's, digeorge). Multifetal pregnancies are at increased risk for fgr; this can result in fetal demise, fetal brain injury, cerebral palsy or even normal outcomes in non-syndromic cases. Placental infarcts, hypertension, lupus: culprits. ...Read more

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Can sneezing a lot effect fetal growth?

Unlikely: Unless it keeps the infant up all often for a long time, it would not affect growth. But you should really talk to the pediatrician about this. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Fetal growth retardation?

What is the definition or description of: Fetal growth retardation?

IUGR: A more accurate term is Intrauterine Growth Restriction, which refers to restricted fetal growth due to decreased blood flow to the placenta in the uterus. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: ultrasound to evaluate fetal growth?

What is the definition or description of: ultrasound to evaluate fetal growth?

32-36 week scan.: A third trimester sonogram can help evaluate fetal growth if previous sonograms have established the due date with accuracy. Fetal biometry and anatomy is reviewed at each such scan. Many intestinal and urological anomalies can be thus detected, as they only show up in the third trimester. ...Read more

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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?

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

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If there are similar patterns in fetal growth before14 wks, then why would a dr. Say that u could really be11wks or13wks? If u measure 12wk, r u really?

If there are similar patterns in fetal growth before14 wks, then why would a dr. Say that u could really be11wks or13wks? If u measure 12wk, r u really?

Measurement error: Dating a pregnancy by ultrasound relies on measuring the length of specific structures. There is some variability in the normal range of size of these structures and some variability in the ability of the ultrasound to identify and measure this correctly. Thus there will be error in the "guess" of the age of the pregnancy. In the 2nd trimester, that error is about +/- 2 weeks. ...Read more