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My baby is loosing weight. I'm 34 weeks pregnant and she lost 7 ounces in one week and is only 4 lbs 7 ounces. and her head is 2 weeks behind the rest of her body. would it be safer for me to be induced?

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Asked by Heidikans at 5:44 PM on Jul. 9, 2008 in Pregnancy

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  • no natural is always best, however if it is a life threatening thing we do what we have to.

    Answer by safiya at 5:48 PM on Jul. 9, 2008

  • What does your doctor want to do?? It would be safe to induce if you had to, but preemie care is costly. But then again maybe in this case it is better to be on the outside for medical intervention. Tough call, but the longer they are in utero the better. If food is not getting to her something should be done. Your call mama. Go with your gut and what your doctor has to say.

    Answer by 2autisticsmom at 5:57 PM on Jul. 9, 2008

  • If it turns out that its better for you to be induced, then your doctor will tell you. There is a thing called Fetal Growth Retardation where they just stop growing, they lose weight or aren't growing like they should be. Sometimes they do determine that the baby would be better off being born. Alot of times its because the placenta has a defect and its not delivering enough nutrients to the baby for the baby to gain weight. When a baby is diagnosed with FGR, it doesn't mean there is anything wrong with the baby at all. Most likely, your baby is perfectly fine. Its probably the placenta's fault. Your doctor will make the right call. If you are induced early, the baby will be able to get the right amount of nutrients and catch up. =)

    Answer by Kaybean at 5:59 PM on Jul. 9, 2008

  • What did your Dr. say? It seems like that is pretty early. I know when my BF was having twins, She had very high Blood pressure, and they thought they were going to have to do an emergency C-section, so they gave he steroid shots to develop lungs. Also the Ultrasound is not always exactly right.

    Answer by Simonsmama at 5:59 PM on Jul. 9, 2008

  • i'm not sure about what might be the issue here, but i do know that at 36 weeks the baby is no longer considered premie, so it's not as if this would be exceptionally early...i would go with your docs advice....if your gut tells you something different, get a second opinion....i know people who have been born at around 30 weeks and have been on par with full term babies by age 1 or 2

    Answer by LoriaAnn at 7:39 PM on Jul. 9, 2008

  • First of all, your baby cannot be weighed at this stage. Doctors can only give estimates which are really just guesses. How many times have you heard doctors say it would be a very big baby only to born at an average or smaller weight and vice versa? If the doc says your baby has a small head, then maybe you're just not as far along as you think. The best place for your baby is in your womb. That's a perfect environment for any baby and that's where he needs to stay. Don't be induced. That is very hard on a baby to be forced into labor when he's not ready. It also leads to other complications including a very high rate of C-sections. Your baby has approximately 6 more weeks to grow...let him do that where he is!

    Answer by Beth_n_illinois at 11:39 PM on Jul. 10, 2008

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