Normal Fetal Growth

After fertilization, periodic prenatal screening is done to check if the fetus is developing normally. Depending on pre-established measures, the developing fetus's weight and other milestones are looked for during these scans. Any anomaly during this time can lead to abnormal development of the baby, resulting in congenital disabilities.

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The doctor cannot find the baby's heartbeat. Should I be concerned?

Query: Hello doctor, My wife is 49 days pregnant. Today we met our doctor. He said that the fetal size is 0.63 cm, but still, there is no heartbeat felt. The doctor asked us to wait for one more week. Is it normal? Please clarify my doubt. My wife is worried about this. This is our second baby.  Read Full »

Dr. Balakrishnan. R

Answer: Hello, Welcome to How are you doing? Your doctor has given you the right advice. You are calculating the gestational age as per her last periods. But let me tell you that you can never predict when her ovulation was. There are two possibilities: Either the baby is still small and ...  Read Full »

Are steroid injections safe for fetal growth?

Query: Hello doctor, My first baby is healthy, and my blood group is A positive and my wife's blood group is B negative. Now, my wife is again pregnant and has completed 26 weeks of pregnancy. She has developed antibodies, and the latest ICT with titer test results show 1:64. Last week, we also did sonogra...  Read Full »

Dr. Neha Singh Rathod

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Since your blood groups are negative, there is nothing to worry about. Yes, you can go ahead with an injection for babies. They are safe. You need not go for a test to detect your baby's blood group, as it is not an issue. However, if you have a doubt, then get back ...  Read Full »

Can low vitamin D and B12 levels have adverse effects on the fetus?

Query: Hello doctor, My 29-year-old sister has a 5-year-old son. It was premature delivery (34th week), and it was a normal delivery. After that, three times she had abortions, and all were between 8 to 10 weeks because of no fetal growth and no heartbeats found. Currently, she is 10 weeks pregnant. Recent...  Read Full »

Dr. Sonal Prasad

Answer: Hello, Welcome to The vitamin D levels are in a deficient range, and vitamin B12 levels are normal. There is no need to discontinue the pregnancy due to these values. Vitamin D supplementation will help to gain adequate levels in the baby. I suggest you start with vitamin D supplementat...  Read Full »

What do the orange spots on my fetal ultrasound scan mean?

Query: Hello doctor,I have a fimbrial ectopic pregnancy in my left tube. I received my internal ultrasound pictures but do not know how to read them. I am wondering what the orange spots suggest on my ultrasound and where the fetus would be? I was told it was about 2 cm.  Read Full »

Dr. Vivek Chail

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have seen the images (attachment removed to protect patient identity). An ectopic pregnancy happens when the fetus starts developing at a location other than the uterus. In your case, the pregnancy is developing at the end of the left tube which is called the fim...  Read Full »

Why are the movements of my baby not felt?

Query: Hello doctor, My wife is in the 25th week of pregnancy, and she is not feeling the movements of the baby as she did before. The movements have come down to eight to ten times in the last 24 hours. We are very tense now. Please suggest to us what to do.  Read Full »

Dr. Balakrishnan. R

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Let me start by saying that the baby is fine. First, understand that pregnancy is not a disease. What I mean is as long as you do not have any medical or obstetric illness, the baby will not have any problem. Presently, your baby is in the world's best NICU (neonatal i...  Read Full »

My pregnancy USG reports indicate a bilateral choroid plexus cyst and echogenic intracardiac focus. What to do?

Query: Hello doctor,I am a 23-year-old female and 19 weeks pregnant. The ultrasonography reports are - a bilateral 5 mm choroid plexus cyst and a small echogenic intracardiac focus in the left ventricle. What does this mean? Please help. I take vitamin C tablets daily and had a double marker test during my...  Read Full »

Dr. Deepti Verma

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I read your query and understand your concern. I reviewed the report (attachment removed to protect patient's identity). In this situation, I suggest you go for an amniocentesis to confirm the fetal karyotype and rule out trisomy of 21 or Down's syndrome. The echogenic...  Read Full »

I am 31 weeks pregnant with a low amniotic fluid level. Should I be concerned?

Query: Hello, I am 31 weeks pregnant and had to change my obstetrician. My previous doctor was concerned about my amniotic fluid levels as last week my levels were at 13. I went to see my new doctor yesterday and my levels had dropped to 9. The new doctor did not see a problem that my levels had dropped wi...  Read Full »

Dr. Varunbabu Aucha

Answer: Hi,Welcome to read your query and understand your concern.The quantity of amniotic fluid could vary person-to-person.Nothing to be worried about much. If you have an amniotic fluid index of 9 cm, it is acceptable.I suggest you check your blood pressure more frequently.When amniotic flu...  Read Full »

Is the growth of the fetus in my wife's womb abnormal?

Query: Hello doctor, I have attached the reports of my wife's 30th-week scan. I was told that the baby's growth is a bit high. Please suggest your inputs if there is anything that should be done from our side. She has gestational diabetes. Her HbA1c during anomaly scan was 5.5 %. Is there any cause for co...  Read Full »

Dr. Balakrishnan. R

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Nice to hear from you. How are you three doing? I still tell you that she is not diabetic. Her blood sugars are normal. A HbA1c of less than 6.5 % indicates that her sugar has been normal for the last three months. I feel that her scan report is also normal (attachment...  Read Full »

Can a repeat anomaly scan cause miscarriage?

Query: Hello doctor,I am second time pregnant and my first son is 11 months old. Now, I am 20 weeks pregnant and the reports of the 12 weeks scan and the quad marker are normal. I do not have a family history of any abnormality but, my 20 weeks scan shows some abnormality. There is some thickness in the ba...  Read Full »

Dr. Settipalli Saravan Pramod

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I went through your query. Please attach your reports again as they were not very clear. The main purpose of the anomaly scan is to check that the baby is developing normally. If the doctors suspect that your baby has a heart problem, you will be asked to come in for a...  Read Full »

Why did my wife's ultrasound show that the baby's growth was lagging by a month?

Query: Hi doctor, My wife is three months pregnant, and the doctor is telling that the baby is lagging in growth for about one month. The fetus heartbeat is good as per ultrasound, but the fetal growth is less. My wife's weight also dropped from 57 to 55 kg and recently, she is having stomach ache and back...  Read Full »

Dr. Sameer Kumar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to The ultrasound report (attachment removed to protect patient identity) shows a baby of 9 weeks and 5 days. With the EDD and calculated date of conception, it is a case of delayed conception where the child is not lagging growth. It is likely that the mother had delayed...  Read Full »

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