The Size Of The Stomach Does Not Increase During Pregnancy?

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I was pregnant at 8 months but at the age of 7 months it felt like my stomach wasn’t getting bigger even as I was 7 months pregnant. what happens because baby’s development is not good?

1 Answer:

Hello Zauyin Nisa,

Fetal growth cannot be assessed solely on the size of the stomach, because there are many factors that affect the size of the mother's abdomen during pregnancy in addition to the size of the fetus, for example:

 The second pregnancy is generally more elastic abdominal muscles so that the abdomen can look bigger An athletic mother with strong abdominal muscles can have a small stomach size even though the fetus is normal. Mothers with long torso / higher body Amniotic fluid position because the distribution of weight gain not only to the fetus but also to the fat under the mother's skin. Number of fetuses To determine whether fetal growth is normal or not, an additional examination is needed, namely ultrasonography. On ultrasonography the doctor can measure fetal anthropometry such as fetal head circumference, fetal abdominal circumference, femur length which can then be converted by an instrument into an estimated fetal weight. There are limits to the normal value of fetal weight at certain gestational ages. Fetal size smaller than the estimated gestational age based on LMP (the first day of last menstruation) needs to be suspected of fetal growth restriction.

At 28 weeks (7 months), it is expected that fetal weight will reach 900-1000 grams. Starting at 28 weeks, it is expected that fetal body weight can increase by 400 grams every 2 weeks, until it reaches a minimum weight of 2500 grams at a later period (38 weeks).

Please consult and do a direct examination with a gynecologist to evaluate whether your fetal weight growth is normal and if there are problems with the uterus that can interfere with labor later. Thus the explanation from me, hopefully useful.

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