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Q&A: Preventing IUGR?

Is there anything I can do to prevent Intrauterine Growth Syndrome somehow?

Re: Is there anything I can do to prevent Intrauterine Growth Syndrome somehow?

The Bump Expert Intrauterine Growth Restriction (IUGR) is a serious condition that happens when a baby's weight is below the 10th percentile for its gestational age. While many different factors can lead to IUGR, at the heart of the matter is the fact that baby needs proper nutrition in order to grow. So the best thing you can do as a mom-to-be to prevent IUGR is to avoid risk factors that are actually within your control -- things like staying away from alcohol and drugs, quitting smoking, closely monitoring yourself if you have high blood pressure, and taking care of your diet and nutritional needs. Remember, when you take care of yourself, you're taking care of your babies at the same time.

Karen Moise, RN

Q&A: Preventing IUGR?

The best "prevention" is a good doctor. Because if it's a structural issue, like most IUGR is, then finding it and managing it is the only real option. Many times it's a placental or cord issue. And as long as you follow baby's growth and development, a happy outcome will occur. Sure, eating and drinking and doing the right things are important but when something goes wrong, having a doctor that is following you and managing you properly is the best medicine. And if you feel like something is off, MAKE THEM LISTEN. Some doctors are better at this than others, but just trust your instincts, they'll lead you in the right direction!

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