The Size Of The Abdominal Circumference Is Greater Than The Womb?

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Hello, r nI am pregnant at 17 weeks of gestation, when I ultrasound the size of the fetus’s stomach looks bigger than its head. R n nIs it normal? r nThank you

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Hello Shyeren, thank you for the question for HealthReplies.com

Normally the fetal head circumference is the largest circumference of the rest of the fetal body. The circumference of a fetus is said to be large if its size exceeds the 90th percentile at its gestational age. This large circumference of the fetus is usually associated with gestational diabetes in the mother, although it can also be found that pregnant women without gestational diabetes have fetuses with large abdominal circumference.


In cases like yours, it's a good idea to discuss it again with your gynecologist. Your gynecologist can do some additional tests such as checking the mother's blood sugar and periodic ultrasound examinations to see the development of the fetus. If it is approaching the age of delivery, the circumference of the stomach is still larger than the circumference of the head, it may be necessary to give birth by caesarean section because of the risk of the baby getting stuck in the birth canal (unable to pass because of the large body).

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