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Old 01-21-2013, 12:27 PM   #1
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Does anyone have experience with baby's head measuring small?

Today was my "big" ultrasound, I am 19 weeks today. Everything looked perfect except that baby's head was measuring a little bit small. They didn't seem overly concerned, and mentioned me having small babies in the past (my last 2 were in the 6lb range, but were also at least 3 weeks early, so decent size for the gestational age) but they are sending me to a maternal fetal medicine specialist on Thursday for a repeat ultrasound. I've never had them send me someone else to recheck measurements before.

Has anyone else been through this?

Also when they were scheduling the appointment (receptionist) they mentioned on the phone that my due date was 6-8, when it's really 6-18. I asked her about it when she was done and said that is what they had listed. So I am wondering if it it's a mix up in dates?

When I was watching the screen one of the head measurements I saw had an EDD of 6-22 which isn't far off from my real due date at all, but maybe too far off if they somehow think I am due the 8th.

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My baby has a little head, not microcephalic but just measures on the small side. I wasn't sent to a specialist, but at his anatomy scan everything was measuring in the 40th percentile except his head circumference. It was around the 12th percentile. This freaked me out a bit, but I declined additional tests because all his organs were functioning properly and it sounded like if he had special needs it wouldn't require emergency care. They said his due date might be a little off because his weight was measuring "low," and they were right: labor started naturally 10 days after my due date. I'm so glad I didn't have an induction earlier, because he needed to cook. Even 10 days overdue my son was under 7 pounds.

At his 1 year appointment his height was in the 46th percentile, his head circumference was around the 5th percentile, and his weight was, err, are there negative percentiles? Let's just say his weight is "below the 1%."

All these numbers still kind of scare me, but my pediatrician always says look at the baby, not the chart. Even with that small head my kiddo is plenty clever. He took his first steps at 7 months, and was walking independently at 8 months. At every doctor's visit she has assessed him 3-4 months ahead on most milestones. Yup I'm bragging! In part to remind myself not to be upset when I see 5 month olds who weigh 4 pounds more than my 1 year old, and who have heads that are as big as his whole body. Your baby will just be the size your baby should be.
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Thank you! That makes me feel a lot better. Anyone else have experience?
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Are they going to do a BPP for growth? I had to have that done with DS1, and then they went over the growth percentages with me. He was tiny, 6lbs 2.5 at 40+6. So they were worried he might be growth restricted or something. He wasn't, after the detailed BPP. Just small.

If it makes you feel any better, he turned out to be my bobblehead baby. Kid has a noggin the size of a pumpkin. He's short, but totally exploded around 6m and grew into himself.

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I had them mix up my dates AND measure wrong...it lead to my stomach in knots! To me it sounds like they were going on measurements for the wrong due date, of course the baby's head would be small! On the flip side one of my twins always had a HUGE head, she measured big in the womb and at every check up her head was in the 90th percentile or above but her body was too small to be on the charts or in the 5th percentile. We call her our little lollypop So all that to say that it's not time to panic yet, just make sure they have your dates correct when you go back for your other scan and keep in mind that even IF the baby measures small we are all built differently. Just remember my little lollypop daughter!
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There is error of margin. They might want to recheck but could be mix up on dates....
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Are they going to do a BPP for growth? I had to have that done with DS1, and then they went over the growth percentages with me. He was tiny, 6lbs 2.5 at 40+6. So they were worried he might be growth restricted or something. He wasn't, after the detailed BPP. Just small.

If it makes you feel any better, he turned out to be my bobblehead baby. Kid has a noggin the size of a pumpkin. He's short, but totally exploded around 6m and grew into himself.

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So far just another ultrasound at the MFM specialist, everything else was right on track, just the head was small.

I called and double checked on dates, the Nurse Practitioner assured me that they had the correct dates, but that the receptionist just looked at the wrong place. The way she said it though (don't worry, we didn't change your due date, it's still the 18th) made me think she didn't really understand what I was asking even though I said it a few times so who knows.

All of my kids had smallish heads at birth, about 5-10%, but they never mentioned them being small on an ultrasound, so I don't really know how small we are talking here.

I really hope it's just some sort of mix up in dates or measuring.
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I definitely saw the circumference measurement say EDD of 6-22, so I don't even know what measurement they are talking about since that one seems to very slightly off of my due date I don't see how it could be a problem.
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I learned a while ago not to listen to anyone doing an ultrasound that isn't a specialist or someone who knows what they are talking about. Even then they can be off. My OB doesn't do ultrasounds though for this very reason. Anything that may seem "off" on them goes to the peri, so she has all ultrasounds done at the peri to reduce the stress.

I don't know if that is much help but I have had ultrasounds wrong on SEVERAL occasions (I think the funniest one was when a resident did an ultrasound of my son the day of my scheduled c-section and couldn't find his head. She went running out of the room thinking that I got to 38 weeks without a baby's head! He was breach. ).

Good luck and I hope it is nothing in the end. How long of a wait do you have for the peri?
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Just coming back to update, I had my ultrasound this morning and surprise surprise dates were off!

They said everything was perfect and right at the 50th percentile. They said even with the earlier EDD date that it shouldn't have made a big enough difference (10 days) for them to send me, so they apologized that I had to go through that anxiety.

I'll definitely be talking with my Dr about it at my next appointment and how the nurse practitioner blew me off when I thought it was a dates issue.
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