Dr Glenda McLaren
Obstetrician & Gynaecologist

Fetal Growth Restriction

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Fetal Growth Restriction

Fetal Growth Restriction occurs when the baby is not growing as expected for its gestational age. It is also sometimes referred to as ‘small for dates’ or ‘small for gestation’. Around 10% of babies are considered as too small and there can be several reasons for this, related to the placenta, the mother or the baby itself.  

You will be guided by your Bloom OB as to what additional tests you will need and any changes to your planned delivery type or timing, depending on your individual pregnancy. Sometimes a caesarean section is required to deliver your baby if there is a significant placental growth problem. 

Risk Factors for Having a Baby with Fetal Growth Restriction

Risk factors for having a baby with fetal growth restriction include: 

How is Fetal Growth Restriction Managed?

Your Bloom OB will monitor you and your baby’s health closely and will arranged scheduled antenatal visits. You and your baby may need extra care both during labour and after the birth.  

Taking care of your health during pregnancy is important to help reduce the risk of having a baby with fetal growth restriction, such as quitting smoking, avoiding alcohol, and eating a balanced diet. 

You can read more about fetal growth restriction here.

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