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Intrauterine Growth Retardation (Failure to Grow Normally Before Birth)

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intrauterine growth retardation gluten free [5]

The twin on the right is much small than his brother on the left who has normal growth.

What Is Intrauterine Growth Retardation?

Intrauterine growth retardation (IUGR) is a fetal development abnormality characterized by failure to grow normally for gestational period. Specifically, it means the developing baby weighs less than 90% of other babies at the same age.

Intrauterine growth retardation puts the baby at increased risk for complications such as premature birth or that the baby will die inside the womb before birth.1 [6]

Intrauterine growth restriction  may be suspected if the size of the pregnant woman’s uterus is small. The condition is usually confirmed by ultrasound. Further tests may be needed to screen for infection or genetic problems if intrauterine growth retardation is suspected.

Q: Why would a baby not grow normally during pregnancy? A: An unborn baby cannot grow normally  if it does not obtain adequate oxygen and nutrition delivered through the placenta from the mother. Factors that impede adequate delivery of nutrition include:

What Is Intrauterine Growth Retardation In Celiac Disease and/or Gluten Sensitivity?


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  1. http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/001500.htm  [10]

  2. http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/001500.htm  [11]