After a ᴅɪFFɪᴄᴜʟᴛ ᴘʀᴇɢɴᴀɴᴄʏ ᴊᴏᴜʀɴᴇʏ , parents always want their baby to be ʙᴏʀɴ healthy. They all have the same preoccupation, just praying for the good healthy of their baby, praying during each ᴘʀᴇɴᴀᴛᴀʟ ᴠɪsɪᴛ so that its development and ɢʀᴏᴡᴛʜ in the ᴡᴏᴍʙ must be up to sᴛᴀɴᴅᴀʀᴅ .
Though we are always curious to know the ɢᴇɴᴅᴇʀ of the baby, we often miss to discuss the ᴇsᴛɪᴍᴀᴛᴇᴅ ᴡᴇɪɢʜᴛ and ʜᴇɪɢʜᴛ gain. Sometimes the baby might be different and take a sᴍᴀʟʟᴇʀ sɪᴢᴇ compared to the average sɪᴢᴇ according to the birth ᴄʜᴀʀᴛs. In the sᴄᴀɴ, the ᴅᴏᴄᴛᴏʀs can have an idea if there is a ʀᴇsᴛʀɪᴄᴛɪᴠᴇ ɢʀᴏᴡᴛʜ in the ᴜᴛᴇʀᴜs. In case, the baby ᴡᴇɪɢʜs ʟᴇss than10 ᴘᴇʀᴄᴇɴᴛɪʟᴇ mark in ᴛᴇʀᴍs of the ɢᴇsᴛᴀᴛɪᴏɴᴀʟ ᴀɢᴇ , it is considered ᴘʀᴏʙʟᴇᴍᴀᴛɪᴄ. Fortunately, many recent ᴍᴇᴅɪᴄᴀʟ advances are helping ensure that the majority of ʟᴏᴡ ʙɪʀᴛʜ ᴡᴇɪɢʜᴛ babies develop into perfectly normal, healthy kids.
When your baby is ʙᴏʀɴ, she’ll be ᴄᴀᴛᴇɢᴏʀɪᴢᴇᴅ into one of the folʟᴏᴡ ing ᴛʏᴘᴇs of birth ᴡᴇɪɢʜᴛ. What ᴄᴀᴜsᴇs ʟᴏᴡ ʙɪʀᴛʜ ᴡᴇɪɢʜᴛ in a baby? There are a lot of factors that may contribute to the baby being sᴍᴀʟʟᴇʀ in sɪᴢᴇ . Let us examine the factors in detail and find out if we can predict the sɪᴢᴇ of the ᴜɴʙᴏʀɴ ʙᴀʙʏ through the pointers given beʟᴏᴡ .
- Pʀᴇᴛᴇʀᴍ ʙɪʀᴛʜ: If the baby is ʙᴏʀɴ before completing its ɢᴇsᴛᴀᴛɪᴏɴᴀʟ ᴛᴇʀᴍ of 37 weeks, it can be an ᴜɴᴅᴇʀᴡᴇɪɢʜᴛ baby. There isn’t a clear reason why a ᴅᴇʟɪᴠᴇʀʏ might be ᴘʀᴇ-ᴛᴇʀᴍ , but the most common ᴄᴀᴜsᴇs include the mother sᴜFFᴇʀɪɴɢ from ʜᴇᴀʟᴛʜ problems like ɪɴFᴇᴄᴛɪᴏɴs, ᴋɪᴅɴᴇʏ ᴅɪsᴇᴀsᴇ or ɪssᴜᴇs ʀᴇʟᴀᴛᴇᴅ ᴛᴏ ɪɴᴄᴏᴍᴘᴇᴛᴇɴᴛ ᴄᴇʀᴠɪx. Sometimes prom or ᴘʀᴇ-ᴍᴀᴛᴜʀᴇ rupture of ᴍᴇᴍʙʀᴀɴᴇs can also ᴄᴀᴜsᴇ the baby to be ʙᴏʀɴ before it completes its term.
- Problems with the ᴘʟᴀᴄᴇɴᴛᴀ: If the ᴘʟᴀᴄᴇɴᴛᴀ doesn’t get enough ᴏxʏɢᴇɴ ᴏʀ ɴᴜᴛʀɪᴇɴᴛs to a baby or the ᴘʟᴀᴄᴇɴᴛᴀ’s ʙʟᴏᴏᴅ sᴜᴘᴘʟʏ is ɪᴍᴘᴀɪʀᴇᴅ, she may grow at a sʟᴏᴡ er ʀᴀᴛᴇ ᴅᴜʀɪɴɢ ᴘʀᴇɢɴᴀɴᴄʏ.
- Gᴇɴᴇᴛɪᴄ Fᴀᴄᴛᴏʀs: If one or both the parents of the to-be-ʙᴏʀɴ child are of a ᴘᴇᴛɪᴛᴇ Fʀᴀᴍᴇ, there are chances of the baby being sᴍᴀʟʟᴇʀ in sɪᴢᴇ . The same stands for the ʙɪɢɢᴇʀ babies as well. It is a natural factor. It is always good to clarify the ᴘᴏssɪʙɪʟɪᴛɪᴇs of any long-term ᴇF Fᴇᴄᴛs of having a sᴍᴀʟʟ baby.
- More Than One Baby: If there are more than one baby in the ᴜᴛᴇʀᴜs , there will be limited space for them to grow and develop. That is why often they are ʙᴏʀɴ with ʟᴏᴡ ʙɪʀᴛʜ ᴡᴇɪɢʜᴛ. If the babies don’t have any ʜᴇᴀʟᴛʜ ᴄᴏᴍᴘʟɪᴄᴀᴛɪᴏɴs, they can grow up to be perfectly normal babies.
- Mᴀʟɴᴜᴛʀɪᴛɪᴏɴ: Nutritional habits of the mother during the ɢᴇsᴛᴀᴛɪᴏɴᴀʟ ᴛᴇʀᴍ have an impact on the child’s birth ᴡᴇɪɢʜᴛ and ɪᴍᴍᴜɴɪᴛʏ Fᴜɴᴄᴛɪᴏɴs. If the mother doesn’t have a balanced, wholesome diet during her ᴘʀᴇɢɴᴀɴᴄʏ, the baby doesn’t receive nutrients to develop properly. This can lead to ʟᴏᴡ ᴡᴇɪɢʜᴛ gain in the baby.
- Bʟᴏᴏᴅ Pʀᴇssᴜʀᴇ And Hᴇᴀʀᴛ Cᴏɴᴅɪᴛɪᴏɴs: If you have ʜᴇᴀʀᴛ ʀᴇʟᴀᴛᴇᴅ ɪssᴜᴇs and ɪɴᴄʀᴇᴀsᴇᴅ ʙʟᴏᴏᴅ ᴘʀᴇssᴜʀᴇ, there are chances of less supply of nutrients and ᴏxʏɢᴇɴ to the baby. It can even ᴄᴀᴜsᴇ ᴘʀᴇ-ᴇᴄʟᴀᴍᴘsɪᴀ , in which the ᴘʟᴀᴄᴇɴᴛᴀ Fᴜɴᴄᴛɪᴏɴsare ᴀFFᴇᴄᴛᴇᴅ. It can ʀᴇsᴜʟᴛ in the baby being sᴍᴀʟʟᴇʀ in sɪᴢᴇ . In fact, sᴛᴜᴅɪᴇs suggest that such babies can grow up into adults having ʜɪɢʜ Bʟᴏᴏᴅ Pʀᴇssᴜʀᴇ .
- Cᴇʀᴛᴀɪɴ ᴍᴇᴅɪᴄᴀᴛɪᴏɴs: Be sure your ᴘʀᴀᴄᴛɪᴛɪᴏɴᴇʀ knows if you’re taking any ᴘʀᴇsᴄʀɪᴘᴛɪᴏɴ or over the ᴄᴏᴜɴᴛᴇʀ ᴍᴇᴅɪᴄɪɴᴇs, sᴜᴘᴘʟᴇᴍᴇɴᴛs or ʜᴇʀʙᴀʟ ʀᴇᴍᴇᴅɪᴇs ᴅᴜʀɪɴɢ ᴘʀᴇɢɴᴀɴᴄʏ. Some ᴍᴇᴅɪᴄᴀᴛɪᴏɴs, ɪɴᴄʟᴜᴅɪɴɢ ᴛʜᴏsᴇ ᴜsᴇᴅ ᴛᴏ ᴛʀᴇᴀᴛ ᴇᴘɪʟᴇᴘsʏ, ʜɪɢʜ ʙʟᴏᴏᴅ ᴘʀᴇssᴜʀᴇ ᴀɴᴅ ʙʟᴏᴏᴅ ᴄʟᴏᴛs, ᴄᴀɴ ɪᴍᴘᴀᴄᴛ a baby’s ɢʀᴏᴡᴛʜ in the ᴡᴏᴍʙ , so your ᴅᴏᴄᴛᴏʀ may want to switch you to a more ᴘʀᴇɢɴᴀɴᴄʏ friendly option.
There’s no doubt that having aᴘʀᴇᴛᴇʀᴍ or ʟᴏᴡ ʙɪʀᴛʜ ᴡᴇɪɢʜᴛ baby can be sᴛʀᴇssFᴜʟ. Know that ᴍᴇᴅɪᴄᴀʟ ᴀᴅᴠᴀɴᴄᴇᴍᴇɴᴛs in recent years have helped ensure that most babies will catch up and grow into perfectly healthy, developmentally normal children.