Small for gestational age
Small for gestational age (SGA) is a term used to describe a baby who is smaller than the amount a baby typically weighs at her stage of development. SGA babies usually have birthweights below the tenth percentile for babies of the same gestational age.
- This means that they are smaller than 90 percent of all other babies of the same gestational age.
- SGA babies may appear physically and neurologically mature but are smaller than other babies of the same gestational age.
- SGA babies may be proportionately small (equally small all over) or they may be of normal length and size but have lower weight and body mass.
- SGA babies may be premature (born before 37 weeks of pregnancy), full term (37 to 41 weeks) or post-term (after 42 weeks of pregnancy).
How Children's approaches SGA
If your child has SGA, he'll likely be seen at our Advanced Fetal Care Center. Children's Advanced Fetal Care Center supports the needs of families and referring physicians at every step of care for a wide range of congenital anomalies, from diagnosis and counseling through treatment and follow-up.
Our groundbreaking work has significantly improved outcomes for babies with complex health concerns, while delivering hope and compassionate care to families along the way. We will also connect you with other parents going through similar issues, through our vast patient network.