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Sunday, November 20, 2005

Baby's weight is not increasing

Dear Doctor,

I'm 30 weeks, 5 days pregnant. I went to the doctor last week & she told me that my weight is increasing but my baby's weight is not. Please tell me what should be the actual weight of baby at this time & why this problem is occuring. How can I overcome by this problem.

VS

Dear VS,

How did the doctor determine that the baby's weight is not increasing? Simply measuring the size of your uterus is not accurate enough to tell what the baby weighs. Only an ultrasound is accurate enough to tell you if the baby weighs less than expected. If you have not had an ultrasound yet, that would be next step.

If the ultrasound shows that the baby is not growing, it raises the possibility that the placenta is not providing the baby with enough oxygen and nutrients. If that situation continues over the next few weeks, the baby might need to be delivered early. At 30+ weeks of pregnancy, the baby should weigh about 3 pounds or so.

There is nothing that you can do to increase the baby's weight or to improve the function of the placenta except in the case of high blood pressure when blood pressure medication may improve placental function.

Sincerely,
Amy

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