The Stomach Looks Large But The Size Of The Fetus Is Low At 34 Weeks’ Gestation?
Hello. I was pregnant at 34week when I was weighed. My fetus was very low at 1.7kg while my stomach looked very big. This is my second pregnancy before I gave birth by surgery
Good morning, thanks for asking at HealthReplies.com. We understand your confusion. There are many factors that can make the size of the stomach is not proportional to the size of the fetus behind it, this is because the stomach itself is not directly behind the fetus, there are various other components.
For example, only amniotic fluid. Amniotic fluid can be normal, small, and large. If a lot, then this can make the stomach look big, even though the fetus inside is small. Another possibility can also increase the fat layer. Pregnant women naturally have lighter activities than those who are not pregnant. Combined with hormonal changes and increased intake, this can add a layer of fat and make the stomach look big. Then if due to disease, there can also be a tumor or cyst that also presses the stomach so it looks bigger than it should.
Whatever it is, to be able to find out you have to check yourself to the obstetrician. Because with an ultrasound by a gynecologist, it can be assessed whether or not the normal fluid level in the body, whether there are other structures that make your stomach size enlarged, and for the fetus itself, can determine what problems make the weight gain is inhibited. If you have previously done an ultrasound at an obstetrician and it is not said there are any abnormalities, it means that from the results of the examination, the increase in the size of the stomach is still considered normal, although maybe you think it's already big. And if you are still in doubt, you have the right to seek a second opinion from an obstetrician at another hospital. What is clear, the examination is mandatory to be able to determine the best course of action for you.
Meanwhile, keep on living a healthy lifestyle, taking vitamins and pregnancy supplements, avoiding smoking, limiting physical activity, and getting enough rest. So, hopefully answering your question.