Should I be concerned if my baby is measuring small at 20 weeks?
No, there’s not necessarily anything wrong if your baby is small for dates. Babies grow at different rates and some are simply smaller than average. Measurements aren’t always accurate either. Your midwife may offer you a growth scan though, to be on the safe side.
What happens if baby is measuring small?
What does being small mean for my baby? If your baby is small but healthy, he or she is not at increased risk of complications. If your baby is growth restricted, there is an increased risk of stillbirth (the baby dying in the womb), serious illness and dying shortly after birth.
What size should baby be at 20 week scan?
Your baby, or foetus, is around 25.6cm long, which is the size of a banana. Measurements are now taken from head to heel. In earlier weeks, babies are measured from the head to the bottom because the legs are curled up and hard to see. Your baby weighs around 300g.
What does it mean when the doctor says your baby is small?
Your doctor might suspect IUGR if he or she thinks your baby is growing slightly less than would be expected. IUGR is usually diagnosed during an ultrasound examination. Doctors most often find it during the 6th, the 7th or the 8th months of pregnancy. It’s important to know that IUGR only means slowed growing.
Can fetal growth restriction improve?
Although it is not possible to reverse IUGR, some treatments may help slow or minimize the effects, including: Nutrition: Some studies have shown that increasing maternal nutrition may increase gestational weight gain and fetal growth.
Can ultrasound measurements be wrong?
It’s important to know there is a recognised 15% error in ultrasound fetal weight estimation. This means your baby can be either 15% smaller or 15% larger than the estimated weight given at your ultrasound. Ultrasound scans are generally more accurate for assessing your baby’s size during the first half of pregnancy.
What percentile should baby be at 20 weeks?
Fetal growth chart
|Gestational Age (weeks)||Estimated Fetal Weight (g) by percentile|
What can I eat to make my baby grow faster?
10 Foods for the Growing Child
- Berries. Strawberries and blueberries are rich in vitamin C, antioxidants and phytochemicals.
- Eggs. High in protein and vitamins, eggs are one of the richest sources of choline – an essential nutrient that aids brain development.
- Cow’s milk.
- Peanut butter.