Small Pregnancy Tummy
I’m nearly 6 months pregnant, but my stomach seems still quite small compared to others who are 6 months pregnant. Will it affect my baby's growth inside? Answered by Dr Anupriya Agarwal of NUH
I’m nearly 6 months pregnant, and this question has been bothering me for quite a while. I mentioned it to my gynae but he said everything's fine. It is just that my stomach is still quite small compared to others who are 6 months pregnant. Will it affect my baby's growth inside?
And at my last check-up, my doctor told me that i have a low-lying placenta. He adviced me to avoid sex for a month, till my next appointment. I asked him if my baby was fine and he said all is okay. However I’m still rather worried.
It is best to date the pregnancy in weeks rather than months as the baby grows considerably each week. A 6 months pregnancy could mean from 24 weeks to 27 weeks and the baby's weight at 24 weeks would be much lesser than at 27 weeks causing the concern about the 'small tummy'.
The most accurate method to estimate the baby's growth and weight is by ultrasound scan. There could be a few reasons why the tummy looks smaller than expected - you could have very good abdominal (tummy) muscle tone which prevents the uterus from protuding out or the level of water (liquor) in the water-bag is lower then normal. Your doctor would have told you about it if it is a cause for worry.
Dr Anupriya Agarwal
Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology:
National University Hospital (NUH)
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