I'm 37+3 wks pg and I've had a midwife appt today. My bump has measured half a centimetre smaller than it did 2 wks ago, so I'm being sent for a scan this week to see what's going on.
What's likely to cause this? Does it mean the baby is small, or could it mean a lack of amniotic fluid? Or something else?
I know the measurements are fairly crude but both were done by the same midwife.
I had this to a lesser extent with DS - the growth of my bump slowed down so I had a scan at 37 wks. Everything was fine, and he was 8lb 3oz in the end, so hardly tiny.
I'm a bit more worried this time though, as i feel like I haven't gained as much weight through this pregnancy (I thought this was a good thing until today!) and everyone keeps commenting on how my bump isn't very big! I'm also weeing like a trooper - 3-4 times an hour sometimes.
Hopefully some of you lovely people will know what all this means.....
I had this last time. I had a v small bump too and was induced at 38 weeks as DS hadn't grown for several weeks. When he was born they found out why - my placenta wasn't big enough to support him. It happens, apparently. So it could be that.
He was quite tiny at birth, under 6lb, but gained fast and is an entirely normal-sized and healthy 2.2 now.
It's quite often that your amniotic fluid has decreased a lot and may mean the baby needs to be born sooner rather than later. Try not to worry - the fact that you've got to term would indicate that things are most likely okay
in my last pregnancy i got measured by a student and the consultant who both turned the tape measure the wrong way round so they couldn't see what they were getting, there were 3cm between the measurements. Don't worry until after you've had the scan, they'll be able to tell you if anything is wrong and at 37 weeks baby should be fine to arrive. Good luck!
hey jojay, your amniotic fluid replaces itself all the time, so be sure to drink lots of water if you are piddling. Maybe catch a bit of it and bring it in to the scan to show them? I did this in a little medicine jar I got from the chemist - and my waters had indeed broken.
As Dibbler said, babies move around in the womb and where you had a back pressing quite hard against your belly last week, your babe could have stopped flexing his / her little knees this week!
I would wait for the scan to see. As Bride1 used to have (like us all ) you might have tight muscles, and not show as much - lucky!!
You're almost there, so good luck with the birth and the first few months.