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37 Weeks and baby has stopped getting bigger? JekkaLynn Due May 19; 17 kids; Ontario 282 posts
3rd May '13

I went in for a check-up and was told I would have to be on antibiotics while in labor. While I was thinking well that sucks they checked my weight and it was the same as last week. They have a new nurse who kept losing the heartbeat when trying to count it with the doppler and couldn't measure my uterus and so just tried squinting at the screen that showed my dates to say how big I was. The doctor came in and re-did the doppler which was fine then went to measure and we all realized I had not grown by even a day since my last check-up so now I am sitting at my mom's waiting for a phone call about when I will have an ultrasound to check why baby isn't getting any bigger. I am measuring 35 weeks and 2 days and should be measuring 37 weeks and 3 days so I am stressing big time. Any advice from anyone who has been through this? The baby's heartbeat is strong and regular and he kicks so hard it hurts and he is head down. My blood pressure is fine. I have gained a normal amount of weight this pregnancy and have had barely any swelling. my feet swell a bit but it goes away quickly and isn't constant.

~Manda Panda +3 1/2~ 16 kids; Arkansas 39074 posts
3rd May '13

My first instinct is that the fluid levels may be getting lower. Try not to stress until the ultrasound. If it is fluids there's a chance of early induction depending on just how low. Or could be nothing. Good luck! Keep us updated.

Kait. 3 kids; Iowa 2345 posts
3rd May '13

This happened to me too. I had low fluid, but it wasn't dangerously low so they were just going to monitor it. She was also diagnosed with IUGR which is a growth restriction. They were going to induce me a week later if things weren't looking completely better, but I ended up having her two days later after my water broke. It could be something like that or it could be nothing at all. Don't stress :)

JekkaLynn Due May 19; 17 kids; Ontario 282 posts
3rd May '13

lol, my middle name should be stress. I miscarried once and have a two year old daughter. But at 18 weeks I got attacked by a horse and kicked in the stomach so I have worried a lot during this pregnancy. The muscles were damaged but the uterus looked fine in the ultrasounds they did after I got kicked but they have hurt throughout the entire pregnancy and so I worry that it caused a problem.

Kait. 3 kids; Iowa 2345 posts
3rd May '13
Quoting JekkaLynn:" lol, my middle name should be stress. I miscarried once and have a two year old daughter. But at 18 weeks ... [snip!] ... they did after I got kicked but they have hurt throughout the entire pregnancy and so I worry that it caused a problem. "


I'm sorry to hear that - that's crazy!



When my LO was born it was determined that the IUGR was caused by a placenta issue.

Summerfrost 51 kids; Massachusetts 6802 posts
3rd May '13

Your belly size normally has very little relation to what size the baby is. The baby could just be lower or in a different position, your fluid levels could be slightly different. It's not a big deal at all 99% of the time. Even an U/S at this point isn't going to be real accurate because everything is so cramped in there. If you haven't had a growth scan between your 20 week appointment and now, they wouldn't be able to tell how much the baby has or hasn't grown from last appointment until now.



They won't normally induce unless you have very low fluid (I want to say under 5.. 10 - 20 is normal or average) and they normally will check a couple of times with U/S before inducing for that reason. Before inducing if your fluid levels are low, they will try to have you drink a bunch of water and they'll put you on IV fluids for a little while at the hospital. They'll probably swab you to see if you're leaking fluid. If the extra water fixes the issue, they'll send you home and order another U/S to double check fluid levels in a couple of days.



They'll probably also check blood flow from the placenta to the baby just to make sure everything's still working like it should.



To give you a frame of reference, my middle baby was SGA/IUGR (sga = small for gestational age, IUGR = even smaller than the first one.). They discovered at 30 weeks that he wasn't growing as expected. I wasn't induced until 37 weeks and he was estimated to be a little under 5lbs.



With all of that said, I know at this point, seeing the baby and making sure everything is fine is important. Plus U/S are kind of fun. I guess i'm just saying, don't freak out yet. :) Everything is probably fine in there.

Thr3e Little Birds 35 kids; Marysville, Washington 2720 posts
3rd May '13
Quoting JekkaLynn:" I went in for a check-up and was told I would have to be on antibiotics while in labor. While I was thinking ... [snip!] ... of weight this pregnancy and have had barely any swelling. my feet swell a bit but it goes away quickly and isn't constant."


It is weird that they are making such a huge deal about this. It is totally normal for this to happen around 37 weeks. Your baby is probably dropping, which lowers the fundal height (Top of your uterus.) It is normal for it to be 2 weeks off in either direction. I hate when doctors freak Mommas out for nothing. :(

Lilitha mom to 2 TTC since Jan 2014; 1 child; 2 angel babies; United Kingdom 365 posts
3rd May '13

When i was measured at about 36 weeks my belly measured about 28 weeks so i had to go for a growth u/s and turned out my DS was fine and was a lot bigger than they expected, they thought he would be about 3lbs but instead he was about 5lbs so don't worry too much, i got very worried but all it meant was that DS was lying back against my spine and so my belly didn't grow outwards very much/ As long as they can find a strong heartbeat and you can feel baba moving then IMO you should be fine x

*Logans Mommy* Due December 9 (boy); 65 kids; Georgia 136 posts
3rd May '13

This happened to me with my son I had to see an ultra sound specialist bc he wasn't growing anymore. He had to come out I was told I was 37 weeks and 2 days. Did they tell you it could be your placenta? That's what was wrong with me it just stopped working. Good luck!!

JekkaLynn Due May 19; 17 kids; Ontario 282 posts
5th May '13

For the past couple of weeks baby's movements have been a lot less noticeable. Everyone said it was normal cause of baby having less room and the amniotic fluid cushioning the movements. Today baby was moving constantly! I would lie on my back and my stomach was twitching non-stop for hours! I went into the doctor's and had them check the baby and the heartbeat was lower then it normally is but still fine. I am still waiting for my ultrasound but am starting to think maybe my fluid is low. Would less fluid to cushion the baby make baby movements more noticeable?

Summerfrost 51 kids; Massachusetts 6802 posts
5th May '13
Quoting JekkaLynn:" For the past couple of weeks baby's movements have been a lot less noticeable. Everyone said it was normal ... [snip!] ... but am starting to think maybe my fluid is low. Would less fluid to cushion the baby make baby movements more noticeable? "


Hmm when my water broke at 23 weeks, he didn't move as much. I think it takes a lot more effort for them to squirm around in there with less fluid. More fluid = more moving around most of the time. Babies are all different though. Some move more in general than others.



My first pregnancy, the baby did flips constantly until my water broke. With my 2nd baby, he barely moved at all. Every time we saw him during and U/S he was in the same position. He's move his arms and legs occasionally to stretch, but that was about it. He was fine, just a quiet baby.



It's pretty hard to predict what is going on in there just by baby movements.