Dear Ms Ultrasound,
Hi, I am 26 weeks and the my doctor told me that my baby has no chance of living because he only weighs 11 ounces. The baby has not grown in a month.
Could their measurements be off because I am overweight? Should I ask them to do a vaginal ultrasound? Would it make a difference?
Thank you for your time,
What I imagine your doctor will do next is to order serial ultrasounds to monitor closely the growth of your baby. In the facility where I work, we would send you to a specialist, a perinatalogist, who would do the ultrasounds himself.
If the baby has not grown, the specialist may want to do a amniocentesis. This is where they take a small amount of amniotic fluid, and look for any chromosome abnormalities. There are a couple chromosome abnormalities that can cause the baby to grow slowly.
At this point in your pregnancy, a vaginal ultrasound wouldn't change measurements significantly.
Your best bet is to ask a lot of questions of your doctor so you have a clear understanding of whats going on.
-- Jane, RDMS
Jane Foley has worked as a Sonographer (Ultrasound Technologist) since 1979. Jane has lived and worked in many parts of the world including Saudi Arabia. She is a Registered Diagnostic Medical Sonographer or RDMS. She pulls a wealth of information from her experience in the field of Radiology and her interactions with such a broad cross-section of cultures she has visited. She now makes her home on the island of Maui with her English husband, Michael.