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13th-Dec-2012 09:25 pm [fundal height]
Hi there..
So, I had my 24 week apt. (which was at 25 weeks) and doc said I was measuring 3 cm larger than I should be, therefore I have to go to get another ultrasound to see whats going on.

My questions are - how common is this? Is it because I'm so short (5'2)? Am I destined to carry a 15 lb'er!? Or maybe I'm just fat?!
14th-Dec-2012 02:34 am (UTC)
Could just be that baby had a growth spurt, or was maybe in an odd position. :)
14th-Dec-2012 02:38 am (UTC)
I'm 5'2 and I measured big both my pregnancies all the way up to the end - and had 7lb 11 oz and 7 lb 12 oz babies. Not sure how common that is, but its what happened with me. At one point I was measuring 3-4 weeks ahead of what I actually was.
14th-Dec-2012 02:38 am (UTC)
You can't always rely on their measurements either. The told my cousin who is of normal weight that her baby was going to be a 10 lb'er and he was only 7lbs 2oz.

14th-Dec-2012 02:53 am (UTC)
Fundal height is not a reliable indication of baby size. I think your Dr. just wants to order an ultrasound.

I measured only 34cm two days before I gave birth to a 7lb baby. I had a friend who measured reallly large her whole pregnancy, then went late and had a barely 8lb baby.
14th-Dec-2012 02:55 am (UTC)
To answer your question : It is very common.

Dr.'s should only note fundal height to make sure that you are growing appt. to appt. and even then it can be iffy.
14th-Dec-2012 05:16 pm (UTC)
14th-Dec-2012 02:55 am (UTC)
Grab a ruler or measuring tape see how tiny 3cm is and then realize the doc is measuring from 2 points he feels for and then realize every human and uterus grows at different weights then you can stop worrying. At 36 weeks the nurse measured me at 40cm a second nurse measured 38 and the doc measured 37 all within an hour of eachother.
14th-Dec-2012 05:04 am (UTC)
obviously it means your baby shrunk during that hour, and you needed to induce immediately before it became a zygote again.
14th-Dec-2012 06:04 am (UTC)
I laughed really hard at this :)
15th-Dec-2012 02:02 am (UTC)
This made me giggle... Lots!
14th-Dec-2012 02:58 am (UTC)
It could be the position of the baby, human error, a bunch of things causing you to measure "big." As someone else pointed out, 3cm is actually really small.

The only reason I could think he would want an ultrasound is to possibly check for extra fluid. I wouldn't worry about it too much though.
14th-Dec-2012 03:10 am (UTC)
And did he tell you how many cm you measured? They usually say +/-2cm for the week you are so at 25 weeks it could be anywhere from 23-27cm, does that mean you were measuring 30cm?
14th-Dec-2012 03:02 am (UTC)
it means fundal height doesn't mean anything, but people still act like it does.
14th-Dec-2012 07:39 pm (UTC)
Haha I love and adore your icon
14th-Dec-2012 11:00 pm (UTC)
Pretty much this.

OP, it may only be a concern if your fundal height keeps jumping ahead for dates (i.e. you measure 3cm ahead this visit, 5cm ahead for your next visit, 6cm ahead the visit after). However, a one-off fundal height of 3cm ahead does not, in itself, mean ANYTHING.
14th-Dec-2012 03:15 am (UTC)
i measured big from 14 weeks all through my pregnancy, when i was induced at 38 weeks i think i measured 42! i thought i was going to have this whopper of a baby and she came out 7lbs 8 ozs. i did however have an insane amount of fluid. i remember the nurse asking the dr during the c section why he hadn't broken my water and he was like i did and they kind of laughed, yea i can hear you on the other side of this sheet!
14th-Dec-2012 03:27 am (UTC)
I'm 5'1" and at my appointment at 28 weeks my fundal height was measuring 2-3 cm smaller than I should be. I already had a growth scan scheduled two days later due to my history, and baby was measuring 2-3 weeks ahead on all of it's measurements. So it makes me wonder how much weight either measurement type should be given.
14th-Dec-2012 05:21 am (UTC)
Thank you for sharing ( ^_^ )
14th-Dec-2012 05:58 am (UTC)
I'm short and measure extra big because of that. Last week I was measuring 42 cm, at 38 weeks. :p This week I am 39 weeks and measuring at 40. Baby engaged and it was a different midwife measuring. There's human error and baby positioning to always throw it off.
14th-Dec-2012 09:07 am (UTC)
My fundal height was ridiculous. My fluid levels were normal. I was expected to have a huge baby. He was 7lb 9oz and was just lung weird :-P
14th-Dec-2012 07:38 pm (UTC)
I measured small the entire time and had an ultrasound at 30 weeks to check things out. Turned out to be absolutely fine; my son was on the smaller side, born 6 lbs 1.5 oz but perfectly healthy.
15th-Dec-2012 05:46 pm (UTC)
I'm also short (5'0) and measured just normal until about 32 weeks, though I looke massive! Then at 32 weeks I started measuring big - about 2 weeks ahead. I think it's a cm per week, correct? Surprise surprise, daughter turned up exactly 2 weeks early, and much more in line with my EDD based on LMP than 12 week scan.
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