IUGR

I had my growth scan yesterday and my baby girl is measuring about a week behind at only 2.5lbs at 29w5d. That’s less than the 4th percentile, and we have officially been diagnosed with IUGR. Other than the low weight, everything else looks normal. 

I have been incredibly sad about this, even after talking to my OB, who seems fairly confident that everything will be ok. She wants me to have twice weekly non-stress tests where they will measure the baby’s heart rate and check my amniotic fluid levels. I start this on Monday as I am currently on a plane to Colorado for one of my husbands best friends weddings.

As of my scan yesterday, my fluid levels are normal and the blood flow from the placenta through the cord to the baby looks normal. So the most likely cause of the IUGR is my unicornuate uterus. I wonder if my uterus will continue to grow or if we have reached our maximum size. I will also have a more detailed growth scan this upcoming Wednesday with a maternal-fetal medicine Doctor to double check the baby. Then I think I get followed up there in addition to my OB. I will have more answers on Wednesday.

My husband is my rock, he is so optimistic that everything will be fine, and she’ll just be small. I’m so lucky that he thinks that way. On the other hand, I am trying to stay calm and positive, as I know what IUGR looks like in premature and term babies. I am really hoping to avoid a NICU stay, but even if we can make it close to term, we may be stuck in the NICU anyway so she can gain weight, we know she can maintain her temperature and breathe correctly. Sometimes ignorance is bliss, and my job can be a curse. But at least I’m prepared for what the NICU entails (although it’ll be so strange to be on the patient/parent side).

I am so sad that my body can’t grow my baby correctly. While I know I did nothing to cause this, it’s still hard not to feel incredibly guilty. My poor baby did nothing to deserve this and I am so sorry to be putting her through this. I really hope she continues to grow and develop inside me and there are no lasting long term problems from the IUGR.

She is always moving and reminding me she’s there and I am so grateful for that. I never thought I would get the opportunity to be pregnant and now I am almost 30 weeks. It’s amazing how you can love something so much that you haven’t ever met.

On the ultrasound you could see little tufts of hair on the back of her head. She was also super stubborn like her Daddy and wouldn’t move into a position where we could get a full profile shot. She’s super deep in my pelvis (head down) and my hip was in the way. But we got a cute picture of her. She seems to have a small nose and big lips (those are probably from me). I can’t wait to meet her, and I hope I have the opportunity to be her Mommy for a long time. 

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32 thoughts on “IUGR

  1. wifey1985

    I am so sorry to hear about the IUGR, I can certainly understand how that would be frustrating and worrisome. I’m happy your dr caught it and that you will be monitored appropriately. I have faith that everything will end up ok, but I’m sorry the journey is so difficult 😦

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  2. hopingforatakehome

    I am sorry that you have something else to worry about during your pregnancy. I always wish that people who have had trouble getting/staying pregnant be gifted with an easy pregnancy if they do get pregnant, and this is so not always the case. Sending positive thoughts your way. xo

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  3. EmilyMaine

    I am so sorry to hear you have this stress. It sounds like your care team are doing everything they can to keep her closely monitored so I am with your husband and am sure she will be fine, just a wee little thing. Sending hugs. Pregnancy stress is awful. Xx

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  4. stealingnectar

    Just wanted to reassure you. I had a friend who had a baby that was measuring two weeks behind the entire pregnancy, and the baby girl was a completely healthy weight/size. Also, after four miscarriages, my fifth baby – born last month – was measuring a week ahead the whole time…and wasn’t as big as they expected him to be! He was like 80th percentile the whole time and was born right around 8 pounds and 20 inches…not massive at all! Don’t worry too much! I am glad they are monitoring you but everything should be fine. Hugs to you!

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      1. stealingnectar

        Gosh, parenting is the best! The love is so strong – for us, it was instant! I have been having some issues with breastfeeding infections, so it’s been a bit of a rough start, but he has been SO wanted that it’s hard to stay too frustrated when I know what a gift this phase is. So excited for you!

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  5. Amy M.

    So sorry that you got that news! Hopefully she will keep growing, even if it’s a little slow, and be able to stay put for a while! I’m going to back up your husband and say that I think she will be completely fine, even if she’s a little small. Keeping my fingers crossed for you that things go well for both of you!

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  6. Recurrently Unlucky

    I’m so sorry too hear she’s measuring small, it’s so scary to contemplate a NICU stay, I really hope you can avoid it. Your doctors seem to be on top of it, which is great, but I guess doesn’t stop you from worrying. I’m thinking of you and hoping for the best for your family!

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  7. CJandMe

    I’ll be sending you good thoughts for the safety and health of you and your baby. This must be quite terrifying and I’m so sorry you have to go through this. I hope you can make it a little easier in yourself by taking it one day at a time. Sending so much love to your little one ❤️

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  8. sbach1222

    Sending happy positive thoughts and prayers for you and baby girl. I can’t imagine how scary this must be. But I am confident that with the care and support from your doctors, everything will be okay.

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  9. notpregnantinrezza

    Really sorry to hear you’ve had this stressful news. Your OB’s positivity sounds like a good sign, I don’t find that doctors tend to give false impressions. Wishing you and your little one all the best xo

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