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Fetal Growth Retardation (Definition)

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


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What is iugr? Can babies die from it?

What is iugr? Can babies die from it?

Slow growth: Iugr= intra uterine growth retardation. This descriptive term applies to growth, when the size of the fetus/baby bump does not meet the size expected for the stage in the pregnancy. The reason can be as simple as having the wrong dates, (expected date of conception) or some process that is interfering with the growth of baby. Iugr is a result, not a cause & sometimes results from fatal conditions. ...Read more

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How much to feed my baby to get him to normal (iugr)?

How much to feed my baby to get him to normal (iugr)?

Extra calories: Your pcp has (or should) recommend a higher calorie formula to help growth, given that there are only so many ounces a baby can consume. ...Read more

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If a baby is born with IUGR can this cause any case of mental disabilities later on ? Or do they usually out grow it?

If a baby is born with IUGR can this cause any case of mental disabilities later on ? Or do they usually out grow it?

Fetal, placental : &/or maternal disorders can cause IUGR. Evaluation for the cause is needed if birth head circumference is <5th %ile &/or physical/neurological abnormalities exist. The same nurse should measure the head the same way each visit. Standardized developmental screening tools should be used. If concerns arise, referrals to an Early Intervention Program & a developmental pediatrician are needed. ...Read more

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Is it typical for iugr babies to have feeding issues... 6 mth has never taken more than 3ozs at a time he seems to get full easy. What could be issue?

Is it typical for iugr babies to have feeding issues... 6 mth has never taken more than 3ozs at a time he seems to get full easy. What could be issue?

Sounds normal: Yes, iugr babies can fave feeding issues, but it is probably not contributing to problems 6 months from delivery. If your child is growing appropriately by weight, length, and head circumference, than there is nothing to worry about. If not, you should consult your pediatrician. If growing well, just be grateful that your child has a healthy "full button" and will avoid over-eating. ...Read more

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What is iugr? Mom said I had it.

Growth retardation: Iugr stands for intrauterine growth retardation. This is when a baby grows slower than expected for a given gestational age. There are numerous possible causes of iugr, perhaps the most common being maternal cigarette smoking. ...Read more

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What is iugr?

Slow growth: Iugr= intra uterine growth retardation. This descriptive term applies to growth, when the size of the fetus/baby bump does not meet the size expected for the stage in the pregnancy. The reason can be as simple as having the wrong dates, (expected date of conception) or some process that is interfering with the growth of baby.After an ultrasound, firmer dates & size analysis are possible. ...Read more

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What can you do for iugr?

What can you do for iugr?

Frequent MD visits.: Keep all your obstetrical appointments as each visit could make the difference between life and death for a growth restricted fetus. Aspirin if taken before the second trimester can prevent recurrent fetal growth restriction. A balanced diet, prenatal vitamins and avoidance of any/all exercise can also help your fetus maintain at least minimal growth. ...Read more

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Possible risk factor, and etiology of iugr?

Multifactorial: There are a number of medical conditions preexisting in the mother that can increase risk of iugr, including hypertension, lupus, kidney disease, and sickle cell; fetal conditions such as abnormal chromosomes; twins or more; infection, placental disorders, smoking, and poor diet, as well as history of iugr in a prior pregnancy. ...Read more

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What are genetic causes of having an iugr baby?

What are genetic causes of having an iugr baby?

A textbook: http://www.americanpregnancy.org/pregnancycomplications/iugr.htm http://www.Chp.Edu/chp/p02462.

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At 33 weeks growth scan babys HC was measuring 3wks ahead, AC - 1wks behind.AF normal,cord flow normal,NST reactive.is it likely IUGR?

Could be: Usually in IUGR, the head growth is not that far ahead. This could be a sign of a more serious condition such as congenital hydrocephalus. You may want to consult with a perinatologist. ...Read more

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What to do if I have an appointment monday the doctor says my baby is small and I may have iugr?

Ask questions: IUGR is a label for the fetus that is not growing as big as expected for dates. It can be due to genetic, infectious, metabolic or structural reasons. For many, no real cause is evident, but most are followed closely as pregnancy progresses. It can be that the placenta is not working well.If it works poorly during pregnancy it won't do well during the stress of labor. C/S delivery may be needed ...Read more

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There is not much info about iugr babies why do they have issues with feeding? Should i expect my iugr baby to start solids like normal babies?

There is not much info about iugr babies why do they have issues with feeding? Should i expect my iugr baby to start solids like normal babies?

IUGR : Iugr can be caused by alot of different things. The iugr can also affect different parts of your baby and their development. So, not all iugr babies are exactly alike when it comes to feeding. Some feed just fine and i would assume yours will also. You can offer solids (soft foods like fruit or rice cereal) at anywhere from 4 months to 6 months and see how your baby does. ...Read more

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Can 4 weeks of fetal IUGR (AC measures 3% at 25w, back to normal at 32w) cause future adverse consequence/risk to boys when they grow up to adults.

Can  4 weeks of fetal IUGR (AC measures 3% at 25w,  back to normal at 32w) cause future adverse consequence/risk to boys when they grow up to adults.

Hard to say: The potential causes of slow fetal growth are many and the impact often unknown until the kid grows up. If it were fetal infection the potential adverse outcome would be considered more worrisome than a simple "poor placenta" issue. I would love to give you a clear answer but in most cases we just have to wait. ...Read more

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There R multiple causes of stillbirth, cord knot, infection, IUGR etc, but in those with unknown causes, is there a theory on what might be thecause?

There R multiple causes of stillbirth, cord knot, infection, IUGR etc, but in those with unknown causes, is there a theory on what might be thecause?

Unknown=unknown: The more advances we make in genetic analysis & general study of fetal development the more of these cases will move from unknown to known. I watched a monitor abnormality during labor turn out to be a baby gripping his cord hard during contractions, causing a dangerous reduction in heart rate.That kid turned out fine, but it points out that sometimes we can't find evidence after the fact ...Read more

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33wks pregnant.HC is at 95%, BPD 90%, FL 30%, AC 8%.Weight 4pounds 4 ounces(30%). 2weeks ago weight 4 pounds.NST & cord dopler & AF good.IUGR chance?

33wks pregnant.HC is at 95%, BPD 90%, FL 30%, AC 8%.Weight 4pounds 4 ounces(30%). 2weeks ago weight 4 pounds.NST & cord dopler & AF good.IUGR chance?

Ask the doc: It appears that you are saying the baby's estimated fetal weight was 30% indicating that it is not growth restricted. Highly specific cases like this should be discussed with the doctor ordering and doing the sonogram so that the results can be explained. It is reasonable to ask the doctor their thoughts regarding the lagging abdominal circumference. ...Read more

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My gyno thinks my unborn baby has iugr cuz her abdomen isn't as big as it should be compared to the rest of her, how worried should I be?

My gyno thinks my unborn baby has iugr cuz her abdomen isn't as big as it should be compared to the rest of her, how worried should I be?

Not enough info: A fetal ultrasound showing the abdominal circumference is smaller than expected is one way to diagnose iugr. How worried to be depends on other factors. Your doctor will be watching the fluid around the baby, non stress tests, baby's growth over time, blood flow in baby's blood vessels to know how your baby is doing. Speak with your doc and do the testing. Good luck! most babies do fine. ...Read more

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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