IUGR and Panicking. Help? Hope?

  • I know how scary that is. My little guy was diagnosed with IUGR at around 24 weeks. At 25 weeks, we started seeing absent diastolic blood flow from the placenta to the baby - and I was admitted to the hospital and was monitored daily. As a first time mom, it was stressful and scary, but ultimately, we came out the other end okay.

    He was born very early (29 weeks, 2 days), weighed just 1lb, 14oz , and collectively, we spent 99 days in the hospital. But now, he's nearly 11 months old and he's thriving. Trust your doctors and try to stay as calm as you can. Ask a million questions to make sure you fully understand what's going on. The early days were the worst because the doctors kept trying to prepare me for any outcome (i.e. - if you have your baby right now, this is what you can expect).

    The good news for you is, you're at 28 weeks which is a HUGE developmental milestone. That was my minimum goal when I was admitted. At that point, babies have much lower odds of major medical issues at birth. Hugs to you mama - I'm rooting for you. Please don't hesitate to reach out if you have questions. Also check out the IUGR group on Facebook if you're active there. It's a great group of supportive moms all going through the journey together.

  • Welcome to Share, I hate that this last trimester has some bumps in the road.  I hope you will update tomorrow after you appointment.   I know it scary but we are all here for you.


  • By a complete act of god, I was ordered an ultrasound at 35 weeks and 6 days. I was subsequently admitted and my son was born by emergency c section the following morning at 36 weeks exactly. He was 5 lbs 3 oz.  Although I was never diagnosed during pregnancy, i have now been in my charts. He quit growing at 33 weeks. He came out kicking and screaming and actually peed all over the doctor the second he came out. He is perfect and healthy and more than a handful at 20 months old. There is no way not to worry about your child- it goes against everything that is engrained in you as a mother. Alls you can do is your best. Do your best to rest and nourish baby as best as you can. Take baths, listen to music, draw, color, do whatever you can that will help you to relax. Hang in there Mama, I’ll be thinking about you ❤️

  • The doctors do give you the worse case scenario... Its hard to listen to.  I heard it so many times I stopped listening . I had to.  Every week it got worse and worse.   I was diagnosed at 20 weeks.  My amniotic sac was leaking,  they diagnosed him with club feet from not having enough fluid and the lack of fluid was straining the umbilical cord and he wasn't getting enough .    Despite all of this he was born at 38 weeks. No NICU  was small at 5 lbs 8 oz.  Did have clubbed feet but otherwise did great.  Deep breath. its rough