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January 5th, 2012, 09:24 PM
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So today I had my 35 week appointment and as always I got a growth ultrasound thanks to high blood pressure. This is when the horrible news started Libby (the tech) kept asking how big he was last time which I told her and she ended up measuring his stomach about 8-10 times as it turns out he has not grown in the last 2 weeks. Then I got hooked up to monitors for a NST which he would not cooperate with but eventually passed they had me drink juice then one nurse held the monitor in place while the other tapped quarters together on my belly. My blood pressure was only 132/73 so not horribly high and I have only gained 1 pound in two weeks so I was freaking out about the no growth. Doctor says that the lack of growth could be related to blood pressure and I will be going weekly if he has not grown in two weeks he is going to be coming out.

I am shocked and disappointed I really wanted a natural birth and to go into labor on my own and now it seems like that plan has gone out the window. Has anyone ever had no growth in two weeks then start growing steadily again? I am trying to accept that if this is what is better for him then he will be healthier out then in but I am still worried about how small he will be.
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January 6th, 2012, 09:06 AM
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HUGS! I don't have any personal experience with lack of growth (we grow big babies in my family) but I just wanted to say that I hope he looks bigger at the next ultrasound!

Would they do an induction, or a c-sec, if he has to come out early?
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January 6th, 2012, 11:10 AM
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First of all ((hugs)) to you. It's scary news to hear.

I had a high risk pg w/ DD#2 this past summer bc of miscarriages and PTL w/ DS (born at 35.5 weeks). I didn't have bp issues, but did have PTL. My last growth scan was at 30.4 weeks and completely w/in normal range.
Shortly after that, I started having NSTs bc of lack of fetal movement. DD#2 passed them, but barely and often I needed to have the full BPP for her to pass. At 37.4 weeks, I had an NST and failed. Dr ordered a BPP and growth scan since he wanted to deliver that day/night (her heartrate was averaging 118-122). I was completely shocked to see she measured many WEEKS behind. She was born that night via c/s.

She weighed only 4lb 9 oz and was 17.75 inches. She really hadn't grown much since the end of July. However, she was completely healthy and scored 9's on both APGARs.

She is still fine, no health problem - just small for her age. The asymetrical IUGR was because my placenta was dying and blood/nutrients were being restricted.

I can't say that your baby will or won't growt back to "normal" range before he's born. However, he may be just fine. The doctors seem to be on top of it with monitoring you more often. I've been told that even if they had seen the lack of growth sooner, they wouldn't have delivered her earlier unless she failed the NST/BPP.

I'm sorry you may not get the birth you had wanted. I do hope he grows for you and your BP stays down, so that you may have the birth you want. Good luck and KUP.
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January 6th, 2012, 11:36 AM
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I'm sorry Erica. I hope that everything turns out okay.
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January 6th, 2012, 03:58 PM
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I am sorry that things are not going the way that you had hoped. Hopefully there will be growth next week and your BP will stay in check. If not, try not to sweat it. Some things are just out of your control and you can focus on those things that you can control. Hugs!
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