Watching your belly grow and enlarge during pregnancy is a great way to pass the time in the long nine months of pregnancy. However, when it comes to the belly size in pregnancy, your grannies and old wives will have a ton of stories and tales telling you what to expect and what not to—none of them backed by science. Where your relatives and friends will have numerous opinions and suggestions to give, advising you about your weight gain and the belly size.
The size of the baby is a crucial factor which helps in determining the health and weight of the unborn baby. The ever-growing size of your belly is an indicator of the well-being and healthy development of the baby. On the other hand, if the baby is not growing and developing at a normal pace, it indicates that the presence of some birth defect or pregnancy anomaly.
The size of your baby tells a lot about the nutrients you are consuming, presence of genetic disorder, and blood flow to the fetus. If the belly is growing at a faster pace, it indicates a diabetic condition or assigning of an inaccurate due date.
Ways to estimate the size of your baby:
The easiest method to measure the size of the baby is to take measurements of the mother’s uterus. 12t week sin to the pregnancy and your doctor will pull out a measuring tape and will scale the distance between the pubic bone and the top of baby bump—this distance is also called as the fundal height of the baby. The fundal height is different for every pregnant lady. If the fundal height is consistently larger or smaller than the standard size, you might conceive a big or small baby depending on the degree of variation from the standardized measurement.
However, going for the ultrasound is a widely practised approach used to determine the size of the baby. A routine ultrasound tells you the size of the head, the length of the femur and the accurate measurement of the abdomen. Used in different formulas, these numbers help in calculating the size and weight of the baby.
However, if you are not at the risk of delivering the big or small baby, then going for an extra ultrasound just for the sake of determining the size of the baby is not recommended.
What to expect?
From worrying about the size and fitting of the baby clothes to focusing on the physical aspect of the labour pain, moms have various reasons to know the size of the baby. Neither the tape measurement nor the ultrasound reports give you an accurate and exact approximate of the baby size, but all these techniques help the doctor in making a calculated guess regarding the size of the baby and the associated labour pain with it. The specialist and doctors at Ultrasound Plus give you detailed and accurate information about the size of the baby and other similar details.