My sister is 42 years old and pregnant with her first baby. She had a miscarrage last year at this time at 3 months. Her CVS results were fine. She is now 20 weeks pregnant and just had her hour long ultrasound or sonogram (don't know which is correct). But, the ultrasound took 1 hour and she saw the baby in real time which she loved. Anyway, the doctor said that there were no abnormalities, but that the stomach is small. The doctor told her not to worry and that this is common and may mean nothing, especially since there were no other abnormalities. But, she did try to ask what it COULD mean and he said that there could be a problem with the baby swallowing. She was told to come back on February 9 for another ultrasound. I am just trying to prepare in case there IS a problem once she goes back. Is there a treatment for this while still in the mother's uterus? Or, would there be something that can be done surgically after the baby is born. How serious is this? Thank you for your information.
As long as the stomach is seen, having a small stomach on one ultrasound is not necessarily concerning. It is better to wait and see what follow up ultrasounds show instead of jumping to any conclusions. Generally speaking, anatomic problems with the gastrointestinal tract (from esophagus to rectum) are surgically repaired after the infant is born. There is a good chance, however, that your sister's baby may be fine.
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