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low birth weight

Situation I take an L3 "probably safe" beta blocker medication that I needed to continue through pregnancy. My ob knew this and approved the med even though a "possible" side effect could be low birth weight. She said it was very unlikely, and double checked with some experts at the hospital and they said it would be fine. So my ob told me that the practice would just follow the growth more closely throughout pregnancy and we could change or stop my meds temporarily if anything suspicious turned up, but she didnt want me to stop for no reason because of the effects no meds would have on me and baby. OK. So... I have a rotating practice - different doc every visit- but the information was in my chart. After the 20 week anatomy exam, I never got another ultrasound. I asked at every appointment how growth was and if it needed to check more closely because of my med. I was told no, baby looked totally normal and would be fine. In the last month I realized my tummy was smaller than most pregnant women. I asked a little more vocally if they were SURE the weight was OK because of my meds. They said sure she's going to be 7.5 or 8lb probably. No need for ultrasound. ...... So I had the baby Tuesday via csection because she wasn't tolerating labor at all. And she is LOW BIRTH WEIGHT - 5 lb 5oz - and has been in NICU since the beginning for low blood sugar, low body heat, low platelets, high red blood cells, inability to eat, and failure to urinate enough. Feeding tube and all that. .... How does the doctor insist that the body weight was OK and would probably be almost 8lb and it turns out to be so low? Especially since I specifically asked this question at every appointment?? I feel like that was negligent. All I had to go on in the end was professionals telling me she was OK and my meds were fine to take rather than switch or try to quit. Grr. That's why I don't trust doctors.
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They can be off by 2 lbs when guessing baby's weight even without being on medication during pregnancy. unfortunately it's not an exact science.
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To me it sounds like they failed to due as planned I am to on a beta blocker for hbp not sure if that is why u take it or not and they monitor my baby very closely I receive ultrasounds every month and soon to increase to every 2 weeks to ensure growth of my son is continually normal I don't see why u were told they would monitor and u never once received at least one additional ultrasound to at least see if everything was fine but I do hope ur daughter gets well soon
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How many weeks pregnant were you?
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I am upset that they said they were going to monitor more closely and failed to so so. They monitored as if I had zero risk of potential problems - basically no monitoring after 20 weeks. They did say she was a little small at 20 weeks also. Just shy of a week small. I told the doctor that the tech told me that and he looked very displeased and said techs should never tell patients any medical information and not to worry about it.
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40 weeks and 4 days when I had her.
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Also my original due date was march 7 but they later on changed it to march 13 after an ultrasound. I gave birth march 17.
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