Baby size/ position/ general advice?

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Baby size/ position/ general advice?

OK, so I went in Monday for my U/S, since I was measuring small. Well, baby is measuring in at approx just under 4 pounds right now (should be about 5). I now have to go in every week for a look! (which is bad, and good! Wink ) My doc said that if she is developing properly, she should gain .5 lbs a week, which puts her at about 6 lbs at due date. Not too alarmingly small.

They can't figure out why she would measure on track at 28 weeks, and now be so small. There is ample amniotic fluid, and the cord appears to be 'working properly'. So we are going to track growth for now. If she gets too small, I will have to change OBs and deliver in a different hospital that can care for a super LO (ughhh!) I asked the doc if I should be eating more, but she basically said there is nothing to show that would help the baby, I am up 28 pounds for the pregnancy. First DD was 7.10 llbs. We get a super strong heartbeat, and she moves constantly, so my inclination is that this baby is just a litlle squirt. BUT, it is hard not to worry when the doc has you coming in every week for an uber expensive test, ya know?

Well, then there is the fact that her head is so far down near my cervix, that they had trouble getting measurements (wanna guess how they got it? UGHHH!!!!:eek: ) She is at 0 or "maybe +1" station. Basically, she is in birthing position, turned and everything! :eek:

Does, or can, station determine an impending labor? (I am not dialated, BTW) I really need this LO to Fatten up! Four pounders can survive, right? Please just tell me things are swell. We are putting the crib up tonight! LOL!

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You are definitely in the "safe zone" if she was born now. I have an app that I follow for this pg and it just said "Congrats you are 32 weeks. 95% of babies born now survive" You are passed that and it sounds to me like your LO will just be a small baby.

Obviously, I'm not a dr or OB so you can't trust me, but it sounds like everything is ok. Not sure about position though.

Oh, my OB told me that the weight on an u/s cn be off by + 15%, so she may already be bigger than 4lbs.

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According to my baby iphone app at 35 weeks baby could weight from 4 lbs 5oz to 5 lbs 5oz. It seems like a range cause I know Connors a chunk. I just think your little girl is going to be a itty bitty but totally fine. When I was born I was barely 5lbs I think 5lbs 2 oz and I went home when my mom did and that was in the 70s lol

Hopefully she'll add some more before she makes her debut Smile

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I think you are passed the "scary" zone despite the baby's size. A colleague of mine had a baby when she was supposedly 37 weeks and the baby was around 4 lbs and they said it was more like she was 33 weeks. The baby spent some time in NICU but is home now and perfectly healthy. At least they are on top of the issue and monitoring you! I think everything will likely be just fine. Hard to not stress, but try not to! I know I should heed my own advice here, but it's not good for you or the baby. Smile

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My LO is super low as well. She said he was ready to "fall out". If baby was born now I'd say she would be just fine. You're at 36 weeks and 37 is considered full term. Some babies are just born small. Remember big things come in small packages Smile

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sounds like you got some encouraging new with her heart beat and movement. They didn't have any other concerns other than her size right?

I bet you have a petite little girl on your hands! My niece was like that and was 6lbs at birth. She's 4 now and I swear she only weighs about 20lbs! Don't let her size fool you, she's a feisty little thing Smile

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Things should be fine I would imagine. I would say just focus on doing what you need to & stress as little as possible.

She's going to come when she comes whether you are stressing out of not. And btw, I'm no ob, but I am pretty sure dilation plays a larger roll than station. She basically can't come out if the trap door isn't open. Smile

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"jeepbaby" wrote:

Does, or can, station determine an impending labor? (I am not dialated, BTW) I really need this LO to Fatten up! Four pounders can survive, right? Please just tell me things are swell. We are putting the crib up tonight! LOL!

Oh I don't know about the station ... I thought they could sit like that for weeks or even start floating again, right? I could be off.

BUT I did want to comment on the littleness since I've been counseled on this all along with twins. YES! Four-pounders are OK. I got the doctor's big high-5 for making it to 33 weeks -- the end of the scary in my OB's eyes. In all likelihood everything will go just fine and you'll all be home together a couple of days after birth. IF, however, you're the type that likes to be prepared for anything (I know I am!) it can't hurt to read up a bit on the NICU. If she were to go there it wouldn't be for scary stuff but at most as a "feeder and grower."

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I remember when I was reading up on different birth boards when DS1 came along, there was a woman who had been told her baby was measuring 11 lbs... but when he actually arrived, he was just an ordinary 7lb-something little guy. Blum 3 So, yeah, it seems to be pretty easy to get a misread for whatever reason, on both ends of the spectrum.

Even if your little girl turns out to be as petite as they're thinking, you should be good, since everything else seems to be coming along just swimmingly. Good luck!

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I agree with what everyone is saying. Your little little girl is going to be fine. She's just probably going to be small.

I think most carseats babies need to be 5 lbs but I'm sure you get her at least that big. Try not to worry too much. It looks like your doctor is looking closely at this and I feel they are now taking care of your pregnancy.

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I agree, at this point she should be just fine, even if she is tiny!! Smile And since you're not dilated, who knows...you might have weeks yet anyway! I'm not positive if that's how it works, but I agree with PP...if the door isn't open, they can't come out! lol Smile

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Don't worry at all about babys size! My brother was 2 lbs at birth and he was just fine! I wouldn't worry about it anyway, Im sire everything will be perfect with you and baby! I don't know much about station and position. Trystan still hasn't dropped at all but Im already dialated 3 cm!! KUP!!!

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Thanks Ladies! I figured that things were "fine". I figure the smaller she is, the eaiser she will come out, right? Wink Just one more thing to think about....... LOL!

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Just to set your mind at ease, one of my twins was 4 pounds, 5 ounces when the girls were born at 37w, 2d. She is just very petitie. She is just fine. She had to be in the NICU due to her weight, and she did end up with some feeding issues, which the ped said was to be expected given her size. She was in the NICU about 10 days and did have OT for her feeding issues until she was almost 1 year old. Although, she was feeding just fine out of a bottle upon her release from the NICU. The therapists had concerns that her suck/swallow reflex was not developed enough and were worried that she would aspirate, so they worked with her on that, then I requested that they continue to work with her until she was consistently using sippy cups and eating solid food.

It is quite possible that you just have a petite little baby there. As for being "locked and loaded," that is a good thing, but doesn't necesssarily mean that labor is going to start.