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What does it mean if my baby is measuring big for gestational age?

What does it mean if my baby is measuring big for gestational age?

Depends: The average woman is around 5 ft. 3 in tall. If you had two women, one who was 5 ft 10 in tall and another one who was 4ft 11 in tall, you would not say either of these women are abnormal, just outside the average. So a baby that measure big for gestational age is outside the average. What you need to know is by how much is the baby outside the range of average. ...Read more

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At what gestational age are babies lungs developed that they won't need help with breathing?

At what gestational age are babies lungs developed that they won't need help with breathing?

Varies with situatn: Some can be born at 32 weeks and have no issue(mostly females) and some will have poorly developed lungs at 40 weeks (infant of diabetic mother). The main info i give parents is to expect 50% to need oxygen rx if born at or before 36 weeks. ...Read more

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What level of blood sugar during gestational diabetes causes you to have big babies?

What level of blood sugar during gestational diabetes causes you to have big babies?

Pattern not number: Baby begins to make their own Insulin during mid pregnancy & any moment that moms levels are high will push glucose across the placenta, forcing baby to store the excess as fat.Any maternal levels above normal can lead to enlarged organs, defects, large baby & the need for IV fluid treatment after birth . The better mom's control, the less problems for baby, the worse control, the bigger the pbs. ...Read more

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The doctor is saying that my gestational sac is measuring too small and the baby is too big for it i am 8 w 2 d does that mean miscarriage?

The doctor is saying that my gestational sac is measuring too small and the baby is too big for it i am 8 w 2 d does that mean miscarriage?

Heart beat ?: The most important thing to find out was if there was a fetus with a heartbeat visualized on the sonogram located inside of the uterus. If so then this is good news. The size of the gestational sac is not likely to be a contributory data point if the rest is true. You can ask your doctor to explain what was meant by a small gestational sac ...Read more

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Anyone know what is a high level of blood sugar during gestational diabetes to have big babies?

Anyone know what is a high level of blood sugar during gestational diabetes to have big babies?

Over 140: A blood sugar of 140 will enable diagnosis of gestational diabetes. If you have been diagnosed, your baby is in danger of growing at a too large rate. This causes the baby's system to produce insulin at a higher rate, which fuels growth. There are multiple complications at risk. You can use exercise to bring blood sugar back to normal range. Be sure and follow your doctor's orders to a T. ...Read more

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Does monochorionic diamniotic twin pregnancy mean that my babies are identical?

Does monochorionic diamniotic twin pregnancy mean that my babies are identical?

Yes: While the diagnosis may be suspected, it can only be confirmed by close examination of the placentas or genetic testing before/after delivery. Usually with early ultrasounds, we can be pretty sure about identical or monozygotic twins. It means that during very early embryo development, one embryo split into two. ...Read more

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I developed a severe case of diastasis recti with my second pregnancy. Two more big babies and 30 yearslater, I now have a painful hernia. What should I do?

I developed a severe case of diastasis recti with my second pregnancy. Two more big babies and 30 yearslater, I now have a painful hernia. What should I do?

DIASTASIS RECTUS: No surgery needed for this. Plastic surgeons do the surgery ( cash) insurance will not cover. High recurrence rate. It is not a hernia, as it was explained to you. ...Read more

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When a fetus is "measuring small" how is that determined? Wouldn't it just mean that the fetal / gestational age is off?

When a fetus is "measuring small" how is that determined? Wouldn't it just mean that the fetal / gestational age is off?

Yes and no: Yes, if the gestational dates are off. No, if they are not and the biparietal diameter of the fetus does not "measure up" to the appropriate age indicating "small for gestational age or intrauterine growth retardation.". ...Read more

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What percent of mothers with gestational diabetes deliver their babies prematurely?

What percent of mothers with gestational diabetes deliver their babies prematurely?

Depends On Control: There is no single digit answer you can apply to an individual patient. One brazillian study in 2011 found that 14% of 400 women delivered prematurely, but the rate really depends on how well the mother controls her disease, other issues like preeclampsia, and the reason for delivery (poor control can cause other problems for the mom/baby that could require a cesarean section before 38 weeks). ...Read more

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Does an irregular shaped gestational sac mean miscarriage if baby is measuring 6w5d and heart beat 126? I am 6w6d.

Does an irregular shaped gestational sac mean miscarriage if baby is measuring 6w5d and heart beat 126? I am 6w6d.

Not necessarily: Having a fetal heart beat and measurements consistent with dates are reassuring. Most ob/gyn would simply follow one with serial ultrasounds until they are reassured that the baby continues to grow normally. ...Read more

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32+2 wks pregnant with twins,PE,on blood thinner & gestational diabetes, scan babies growth 10th percentile is it concerning?planed c sec at 36 wks

32+2 wks  pregnant with twins,PE,on blood thinner & gestational diabetes, scan babies growth 10th percentile is it concerning?planed c sec at 36 wks

High risk pregnancy: I hope everything goes well with you and your babies, please stay close to the hospital and keep a close follow-up with your doctors, you will all be fine, best wishes ...Read more

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What does it mean if baby is small for gestational age?

What does it mean if baby is small for gestational age?

If that is the case: Your OB should have explained that to you, means the babies wt is smaller than normal for that age, depends how small , if the baby is under the 10th % that is worrisome and if u are at term, then if u were my pt , you would be induced because baby will be better off out side than in, please call your OB and ask your OB how small your OB should be able to give u a % and the efw( 50% is avg wt.). ...Read more

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Can 12 week dating scan be off by 2 weeks? Could a 10 week gestational age fetus measure as big as 5.6cm?

Can 12 week dating scan be off by 2 weeks? Could a 10 week gestational age fetus measure as big as 5.6cm?

Yes: Ultrasound scanning is related to the skill of the sonographer. Typically a 10 week scan has three days of error built in when the test is performed vaginally. There is more error with an abdominal ultrasound. Average crown rump length at ten weeks is approximately 3-4cm. ...Read more

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Done usg at 11 weeks uterus size 14.4-8.5-6.8cm .Does it means growth of baby acc to gestational age is it normal?

Done usg at 11 weeks uterus size 14.4-8.5-6.8cm .Does it means growth of baby acc to gestational age is it normal?

Not enough info: At 11 weeks gestation i care far less about your uterine size than the size of the fetus . If you can provide that information it would be helpful. ...Read more

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At 33 weeks pregnant, baby's femur measured slightly smaller than the gestational age and everything else was slightly larger. What could this mean?

At 33 weeks pregnant, baby's femur measured slightly smaller than the gestational age and everything else was slightly larger. What could this mean?

Normal variation?: Size, eg, length estimates by ultrasound can vary due to sonographer difficulty in obtaining measurement, inherent errors in the calculation, or genetic variation--just look at the parents of the baby! in rare cases variations from normal can be due to growth or other problem in the fetus. It is always appropriate to ask those ordering or performing a fetal ultrasound to interpret their findings. ...Read more

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Does monoamniotic pregnancy benefit babies in some way?

Does monoamniotic pregnancy benefit babies in some way?

Not really.: Monochorionic monoamniotic pregnancies are extremely rare (<1% of all twins) and very complicated because fetal demise (of one or both twins) can occur without any warning from umbilical cord entanglement. You may be referring to the "protection" from ttts (twin-to-twin transfusion syndrome) in mono/mono twins; this is indeed true, however the risks above trump that benefit. ...Read more