Throughout my four pregnancies, the tape measure has rarely been my friend. I used to refer to it as ‘the dreaded tape measure’ and the more people that I asked, the more it was determined in my mind that nobody was able to accurately measure a baby with one. I seemed to hear so many stories where baby had been measuring four weeks ahead, and pregnancies were shrouded in the panic and fear of a gigantic baby that turned out to be a neat 7lb something. On the other scale, I always measured small, and had the worry that something was wrong with my babies.
I still remember the first time that the term IUGR (IntraUterine Growth Restriction) was mentioned. It was during my first pregnancy over ten years ago. A routine midwife appointment had resulted in an emergency scan at the hospital as baby was measuring 4 weeks behind what was deemed as normal. Once at the hospital, the scan confirmed that baby was small, but within normal parameters for my husband and I, who are not giants. Still, that term swam around my head for the rest of my pregnancy and we were more alert when the same thing happened second time around….