April 4, 2008

Intrauterine Growth Restriction (IUGR) – Fetal Growth Deformity

Posted in Category : Women's Health

It is always desired that a baby experiences a normal growth in uterus. However, sometimes this does not happen. One such case is intrauterine growth restriction (IUGR) syndrome. It is one of the common growth deformities occurring in the world.

The intrauterine growth restriction is a deformity in which, the size of the baby is smaller than in normal cases. Because of this at the time of birth, the weight and size of the baby are smaller than a normal baby of same age. However, if the size of baby is small than normal then it does not necessarily mean that it has intrauterine growth restriction (IUGR).

There are a number of reasons, which cause intrauterine growth restriction (IUGR). The most common among them is that the placenta does not supply proper nourishment and blood to the baby. However, it can also be caused because of genetic disorders. The external factors as infection, drinking smoking and abusing drugs also increase the chances of intrauterine growth restriction (IUGR). In addition, high blood pressure also is supposed to increase the chances.

The baby suffering from intrauterine growth restriction (IUGR) may need hospitalization for some days after delivery. It is especially needed if the delivery occurs early. Nevertheless, in most of the cases babies suffering from intrauterine growth restriction (IUGR) survive and grow normally later.