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    Default Fundal height - is everyone on measuring on track?

    Hi all,

    I went to the midwives earlier in the week and they advised me that baby was measuring a couple of centimeters smaller than she should but she wasn't concerned because her heartbeat was good and she was moving around alot. Apparently, if you're 27 weeks your fundal height should be 27 cm, if you're 28 weeks your fundal height should be 28 cm etc.

    I'm 27 weeks and measuring at 25 cm so I'm curious, is everyone measuring as they should?

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    I never did, always measured smaller and some weeks I even shrunk.
    It's not a very reliable way of measurement, because it can be affected by the position the baby is in, and also each midwife will measure differently. I don't know why they still use it, to be honest.
    It caused unnecessary stress during my two pregnancies.

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    My Ob never measured my fundal height in 2 pregnancies - it is a very outdated way of tracking growth.

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    I was 27cm at 28 weeks and doc wasn't bothered

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    I don't think it's very accurate especially when babies are all different t sizes. With my eldest I was always around 4cm behind and she was reasonably small born. With my last 3 my OB didn't do measurements.

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    Nope! I've measured over 4cm smaller this pregnancy (was never measured previous pregnancy but I am smaller this time). I've had a fetal growth scan and my bub was fine (around a week behind in overall measurements). This bub is just hiding well

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    Lol it sounds unreliable! This is my first pregnancy and just go by what the "experts" tell me. I did start to stress a little but hearing these comments makes me feel a little more at ease.

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    We have small babies, so the fundal height discrepency was only found out after they pushed our dates forward and almost killed our first child. The gap for us gets greater as the pregnancy progresses. They have taken my dates ever since. Our first child is now in the 95-97 percentile, but just grew smaller inside. The measurements even in us scans are only based on the 'average' baby.

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    I wouldn't worry about it as others have said it is a pretty crude measurement- I was told it is +/- 3 weeks in accuracy. My Ob last time never bothered with it.

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    Never, with DS1 I measured 27 at 32 weeks, DS2 I always measured smaller til about 36/37 weeks.

    It also depends on how baby is lying.

    Edited to add: my boys were born 3.4 & 3.8kgs both at 39+3 so def weren't small!


 

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