Intrauterine Growth Restriction

Intrauterine growth restriction refers to poor growth inside the womb of the baby. There are a multitude of different health problems that occur in babies with a low birth weight. The most severe is that of brain problems caused by lack of oxygen to the brain and permanent cognitive problems. At NJ Perinatal Associates we take a proactive approach when detecting if your baby is having trouble growing.

Intrauterine growth restriction can happen in a mother that is perfectly healthy. Generally the odds increase if you are in poor health that your baby will have a low birth weight. The prevention tips include:

  • Attend all prenatal appointments as this growth restriction can be remedied if caught early enough.
  • Check the medications you are taking as this could lead to health problems in the unborn baby.
  • Keep your body well-nourished as nutrition is essential to have a healthy baby.
  • Stop drinking alcohol and smoking as these can lead to low birth weights.

There are some things that can be done in cases of a baby not growing appropriately in the womb. The easiest way to do this is to improve the nutrition of the mother. Other treatments include bed rest for the mother as this can help the circulation of the baby. In the most severe cases delivery might be induced early because the baby’s health is in danger if it remains in the mother.

As you can see there are things that can be done about intrauterine growth restriction. We at NJ Perinatal Associates will take a proactive approach in trying to allow your baby to be born at a healthy weight. With multiple checkups during your pregnancy we will be able to chart your baby’s growth to make sure there are no signs of growth restriction.