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    I have not had this done by the gp. Have 32wk checkup on Tuesday so will see if he does it then.

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    Default why did the dr measure my tummy?

    The fundal height is not measured to check against dates or how big the baby is, it is more to check the growth of the baby, to make sure there is no growth restriction

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    Default Re: why did the dr measure my tummy?

    My ob doesn't do tummy measurement, he's been a gp / ob for over 2 decades so i guess he can gather info just by looking lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by MrsOhara View Post
    I don't know why they bother measuring fundal height, my OB doesn't.
    It's a really inaccurate way of being able tell how big your baby is or if you are matching dates.
    I didn't think it was for dates just to make sure uterus/baby is growing and getting bigger

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    Quote Originally Posted by Smartiecat View Post
    I didn't think it was for dates just to make sure uterus/baby is growing and getting bigger
    This is what I mean... Alot of women get paranoid after being told their fundal height may be 30 and they are 35 weeks and think their dates don't match up.
    I don't understand why it is done. I was measuring 42 weeks at 30 weeks with the twins and they both had IUGR and with this pregnancy my fundal height says I'm "ahead" yet my monthly scans say spot on.

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    Most docs/midwives that have been feeling tummies for a while can tell by feel that your baby is the right size for your dates. 2cm either side of how many weeks you are is very normal - doesn't mean your baby is going to be too big or too small. Twins are different. They would be measuring just to make sure there is growth rather than an accurate guesstimation of size. If you aren't necessarily seeing the same person each visit, they are more likely to use a measuring tape than not - just makes it easier to compare growth from appointment to appointment.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MrsOhara View Post
    I don't know why they bother measuring fundal height, my OB doesn't.
    It's a really inaccurate way of being able tell how big your baby is or if you are matching dates.
    This. I was measuring 6cm ahead for the last trimester. I am 6ft tall and overweight. The scans were fine and baby was 8lb 2oz or 3700g. So not a huge baby like the rest of the family who were all 10lb at birth

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    Default why did the dr measure my tummy?

    Quote Originally Posted by MrsOhara View Post
    This is what I mean... Alot of women get paranoid after being told their fundal height may be 30 and they are 35 weeks and think their dates don't match up.
    I don't understand why it is done. I was measuring 42 weeks at 30 weeks with the twins and they both had IUGR and with this pregnancy my fundal height says I'm "ahead" yet my monthly scans say spot on.
    Maybe it's something that can be indicative of IUGR, even if it doesn't always work... My OB always measured my fundal height, and when it hadn't changed from week 34 to week 39 he scanned me and we found dd was IUGR.

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    Default why did the dr measure my tummy?

    Sorry what is IUGR?

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    Default why did the dr measure my tummy?

    Intra uterine growth restriction. Means the baby has stopped growing for whatever reason. In my case the placenta had reached the end of its shelf life and was no longer producing any nutrients so dd wasn't growing. She was all good though, small but healthy.


 

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