I went in for my group b strep test and my doctor informed me that my stomach was measuring too small for my gestational age (37 weeks today). She did a very quick scan just to see what was going on and it turns out that my baby’s weight is in the 7th percentile while it should be in the 10th percentile. I have a formal anatomy scan coming up on the 22nd but I’m very scared because I’ve been researching it and, although it doesn’t sound too bad, my cousin had a kid a year ago who was small, premature, and she hasn’t grown much since. She looks like she’s 6 months and can’t walk without help or make much noise. I’m scared for my daughter to be developmentally stunted and I don’t know why this is happening.
My OB told me some placentas have different life cycles and that maybe mine is nearing the end of its life early. I have taken MOST of my prenatal vitamins, although I have forgotten to take some along the way. I’ve gained about 40 pounds so it’s not that I’m not eating, although I have skipped meals here and there because I just haven’t been hungry... I can’t help but think this is my fault and I feel very guilty. I don’t smoke, drink, or do drugs. My OB also said that it could be due to my stress levels. I’ve been stressed out since the beginning because a slew of unfortunate events has enveloped my life since I got pregnant. I had to be admitted to a mental hospital in my first trimester, if that helps you to understand how stressed out I’ve been.
Now that I know she’s small, I’m finding it very difficult to relax at all and I know it’s not good for the baby but I don’t know what to do. I need some advice and maybe some stories with good outcomes from you guys. Has anyone been faced with this problem? And how did it turn out? Is your child okay? Were there any adverse effects?