The size or the estimated weight of the baby can be monitored to ensure that the baby is growing at the right pace. If the baby isn’t growing as fast as usual, it is called intrauterine growth restriction, and may put them at an increased risk of complications. By following your pregnancy more closely, we can help to prevent possible complications.
We monitor the baby’s growth through ultrasound. During the first trimester, the length of the baby is used to estimate the size. Later on, it is not possible to measure the length due to the fetal position, therefore, the baby’s weight is estimated by measuring the head, the abdomen and thigh bone.
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