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I am 37 weeks pregnant, and I went in for an ultrasound today, and baby is only measuring in the 26th percentile at 6 pounds so far. She also mentioned that her femur bones are measuring at 60 mm, which I now realize is really small. Should I be concerned? Does this indicate something is going on, like dwarfism or something? I have two older children ages 10 and 7 and they measured in the 80th and 90th percentile, so I'm so concerned something is wrong
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What percentile was the femur length ? Have you had any prenatal testing for genetics? How old are you?
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Customer reply replied 8 months ago
She didn't give me a percentile for femur length, but when researching online 60 mm at 37 weeks is about 6 or 7 weeks behind. I had done some testing for Trisomy 13 and all those tests and they all came back normal. I am 32 years old. I am 6' and my husband is 5'6
OB GYN Doctor: Dr. K., MD replied 8 months ago
Dwarfism is unlikely with no other signs. The ultrasound is pointing more to sga or small for gestational age. Aneupolidy or chromosomal abnormality is still a possibility but diminished if your testing was normal. I'm hoping your dr will be doing a nonstress test or biophysical profile to be sure the baby is ok.
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Customer reply replied 8 months ago
Do you know what the causes for Small for Gestational age would be? Could it have been anything I have done this pregnancy? This was a planned pregnancy, and I was taking folic acid and prenatal vitamins long before I got pregnant and I ate as healthy as I could my entire pregnancy.
OB GYN Doctor: Dr. K., MD replied 8 months ago
Most causes of sga are unknown. The most common are chromosomal issues, problems with the placenta, and hypertension. Its very unlikely it had anything to do with anything you did. Size of the baby is unrelated to your diet, its related to many other things including maternal obesity but is affected little by diet. Folic acid prevents neural tube defects and vitamins are of no benefit in this country where diets are adequate. Its very likely that everything will be fine.
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