Tuesday, November 6, 2012

8th Percentile

I am terrified, ladies.

I had my follow-up anatomy scan yesterday.  While there is some good news in that her heart and organs and whatnot still look good, and her placenta is really close to being the minimum of 2 cm away from my cervix that they like to see, there was some not-so-good news, too.

Baby girl is small for her gestational age, she's only in the 8th percentile.  The MFM doc said a lot of things when he was talking to me about it, but the only two things that stick out in my mind are the words "8th percentile" and "increased risk of stillbirth".  My husband reminded me this morning that he did mention that sometimes before the baby reaches a certain size, measurements can be effected by angle and position and whatnot.  I go back in three-weeks for a follow-up ultrasound.

My job, for the moment, is to stay the heck off of google and stop trying to read about IUGR, which was not at all mentioned by the doctor, but the product of my own stupid searching.  And to stop panicking, as there's not a damn thing I can do at this point.  I'm working on that one.


  1. I can just imagine how worried you must be feeling. I really hope it's just a matter of the measurement being off and that baby girl will show right on track for your next scan.

    Hang in there!

  2. I hope it's all just a case of a resistant baby who doesn't like ultrasounds and that everything is on track soon! Hang in there!

  3. I know how you feel. It's so easy to panic especially after reading on IUGR. I read on it when my son was found to be well under in percentiles. You'd think all that google knowledge would be a good thing but really it just makes it harder. I'm praying your next scan will give you all the information you need and will show a well growing baby!

  4. Its so easy to be scared when things are not average! My son is VERY small and it is very easy to pysc yourself out about all of the possible negative what ifs