Thursday, February 17, 2011

Measuring small

I had my 32 week appt this morning. I met with the 5th doctor that I have seen so far at the practice since mine is out this week. She was very friendly and I liked her a lot - I'm so glad that I've liked almost all of the doctors there since there is no guarantee that mine will be available when the time comes.

Anyway, everything was good with me. BP was 100/60, weight gain was on track, no protein in the urine. All good.

The doctor was trying to feel what position he is in and was having a little trouble distinguishing, but she thinks that he is already head down.  His heartbeat popped right up and was nice and strong between 140 and 150.  I always love hearing that sound.

Then she measured me and I am only measuring 30 cm - I am almost 33 weeks so that is small. She scheduled me for a growth u/s at my next appt in 2 weeks just to check and make sure everything is growing properly. She said she wasn't overly concerned or she would've had me go get an u/s right then and there. 

I'm excited that I'll get to see him again since I haven't had an u/s since I was 21 weeks, but I am also upset that it's necessary.  I feel like I'm a bad mom and that maybe me continuing to exercise is causing him not to grow.  What if I have been so concerned about gaining weight that I have done him harm?

I was almost in tears as I drove to work from the doctor's office. As if to reassure me that he is ok I got a bunch of kicks from our little man as I was driving.  Thank you baby - I love you so much and I promise to do whatever I have to to make sure you are growing and healthy.  Mommy loves you.


  1. I'm in the same boat as you! I had an appointment around the beginning of this month and my OB told me that I'm a little small, so I have a growth u/s scheduled for 2/25. I was pretty freaked at first, but she told me the same as your doctor, that she is not overly worried yet, but just wants to make sure everything's okay. Also like you, of course I spent a few days blaming myself - has my commitment to exercise been harmful, am I eating enough (especially because I hadn't gained any more weight since the last appointment a couple of weeks prior, though my overall gain is on track)? Also like you, I've gotten lots and lots of movement since then, which made me feel much SO much better. My OB also assured me that there could be many reasons for measuring small.

    Anyway, all of that to say, hang in there, I am right there with you, and I am sure everything is okay with both of our babies!

  2. Don't get down on yourself - you know exercise is good for you AND the baby! I'm sure he is totally fine! You have been gaining weight and taking care of yourself and that's all you can do :)

  3. Thank you ladies - that was just the pep talk I needed :)