Why Would Baby be Behind 2 Weeks?

Cynthia Flynn's picture
Experts: 

QUESTION

Dear Midwife,
After 4 ultrasounds I am still confused as to why my Doctor cannot explain to me what is happening...Maybe I don't understand.

My Doctor states that I am measuring at 28 weeks but the measurements retrieved from the ultrasounds show my baby is 2 weeks behind schedule on it's growth. She states it's nothing serious to worry about. Baby is growing at an average rate. It is simply 2 weeks behind.

What would cause this? And should I worry?

ANSWER

If your baby is always two weeks behind, but it grows 4 weeks worth in 4 weeks, then either you ovulated later than you thought or this baby is genetically a bit smaller than average.

Either way, no worries, but you might not want to get induced; it might be best to let Mother Nature choose when this baby is really ready to be born.

-- Cynthia, CNM. PhD.

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