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What is IUGR?

Intrauterine growth retardation (IUGR) is a term that describes a baby who is not growing at a normal rate inside the uterus. Usually, these babies have a low birth weight.

What health problems causes IUGR?

Babies with IUGR are more likely to have certain health problems (both during pregnancy and after birth). The problems include:

Difficulty managing the stress of a vaginal delivery.
An increased risk of stillbirth.
Low blood sugar at birth.
Reduced resistance to infection.
Problems maintaining body temperature.
A count abnormally high red cell.
Will my baby, when I grow up, normal height?
Chances are your baby reaches a size and normal height when it is about two years.

What is the cause of IUGR?

The IUGR has various causes. The most common cause is a problem with the placenta (the tissue that carries oxygen and blood to the baby food). Birth defects and genetic disorders can also cause IUGR. If the mother has an infection, high blood pressure, a kidney disease, heart disease or sickle cell anemia, or if you are smoking, drinking alcohol or using drugs, your baby may develop IUGR. Sometimes a prescription drug you are taking the mother can cause IUGR.