How do i know if my baby is small as a result of starvation inside the womb ?

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By Dr.Vijith Vidyabhushana
Consultant Obstetrician & Gynaecologist.MBBS (Col), MRCOG (UK), Deep (UK), RCR/RCOG Dip Advanced Obstetric Ultrasound Scanning (UK) Comsultant Scanning (UK) Consultant Obstetricion & Gynoecologist, Accredited Obstetric Ultrasound Specialist

If your doctor thinks that your baby is small during the routine abdominal examination, your doctor would refer you for an Ultrasound scan to confirm if the baby is small. Ultrasound examination of baby’s head , abdomen and thigh bone is done to obtain the measurements around the head and abdomen and the length of the thigh bone (femur length).  The ultrasound machine gives the estimated weight of the baby using these measurements and a mathematical formula. Once your doctor gets the estimated weight of the baby, the weight is plotted in a standard chart which gives the correct weight for a particular period of pregnancy.

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