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AFP test to know the growth of baby's arms and legs - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 13-Jan-2012
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Doctor :   hi
Doctor :  
how can i help u?
User :   hi i had a question on a pregnancy
Doctor :  
please proceed
User :   right now i went for a second stage ultrasound an they told me the babys arms and legs were a week behind is that common
Doctor :  
its not common
Doctor :  
which week pregnancy are u?
User :  
so i went for a afp test if they come back ok am i in the safe zone. 5 months 20 weeks
Doctor :  
it will tell u if the baby is in stress
User :  
what does that mean
Doctor :  
and also any neural tube defects
Doctor :  
neural tube defects are defects in the devolopment of nervous tissue
Doctor :  
and brain
User :  
so if everyhting is ok with bloodwork then am i ok
User :  
or is it still a concern with growth
Doctor :   if afp is normal u can relax la bit

User :  
what would cause the baby to be a week behind on growth in arms and legs
Doctor :  
but still u should moniter the growth of the baby

Doctor :  
regularly so as to see any improvement in the growth or not?
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