IUGR Puts Babies at Risk


In the case of IUGR, or intrauterine growth restriction, the baby is small. There can be many reasons, but it could mean the placenta and umbilical cord are not working properly. Doctors will perform a number of tests to monitor the IUGR baby, and will want to deliver the baby right away if it’s not doing well, but IUGR babies are at high risk during labor and delivery.


Jesse M. Reiter: IUGR basically stands for intrauterine growth restriction. What that simply means is, it’s a small baby.

Babies can be small inside the mom for several reasons. One of them could be that the mom and dad are just small, and therefore the baby’s small. Another reason a baby can be small is that the placenta and the umbilical cord which feed and nourish the baby are not working well.

When a baby is small for dates, or small, or IUGR, a number of tests are done during the prenatal period. Doctors will do multiple ultrasound tests to see how the baby is growing.

Also, doctors will perform tests such as a doppler flow study. This is a type of study that tests how the flow is going through the placenta to the baby, and if that gets to be too low, they will deliver the baby right away.

There are various fetal well being bests also done to see how the baby is doing. They will put the mother on a monitor to see how the baby’s heart beat is. They will also test the amniotic fluid which the baby floats in to make sure that’s at an adequate level. Now the problem with this is, when it’s an IUGR, or a small baby, is that they’re high risk and they do not handle labor and delivery well.

All these tests are done during the pregnancy to make sure the baby is doing well. If the baby starts to get into a situation where it’s not doing well, or not getting adequate oxygen, the baby is delivered right away.

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