Ive just had an appointment with my midwife and my fundal height was 31cm (Im 27 weeks pregnant). At 21 weeks I measured 23.5cm and at 25 weeks I measured 28cm.
What Im wondering is, for those measuring ahead:
Did you have a big baby?
Did they induce you?
If not induced when was baby born?
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19-09-2013 17:52 #1Senior Member
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Fundal height measuring ahead
19-09-2013 18:00 #2Junior Member
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Fundal height can vary depending on many factors such as how much amniotic fluid doesn't necessary mean your baby's weight is the issues. If you keep measuring larger than dates they will do a growth ultrasound scan at 34wks to find out if your baby is on the larger percentile. Good luck
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19-09-2013 18:32 #3
Yes, fundal height really is a very rough guide, I wouldn't read too much into it at all.
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19-09-2013 19:00 #4
My fundal height was perfectly exact for each week of pregnancy with DS. He was 9pds2 when he arrived at 40+6
My current bub is measuring perfectly for fundal height.. But at a 34wk scan for other reasons she is already measuring ahead in average head and belly circumferences.
Fundal height doesn't really accurately predict what's going on inside. Scans are more accurate but even they have room for error. I wouldn't read too much into it. Your OB or MW will let you know if they are concerned for any reason.
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19-09-2013 19:38 #5
As Judge Judy would say- fundal height is a load of baloney. DS measured bang on every week and out he came at 4.45kg, the little heffalump. So of course i got the doomsday speeches from obs when I wanted to have a vbac. DD was measuring bang on for dates but the obs were saying themselves 'fundal height is not accurate' of course not, not when it doesn't suit them! DD was 3.6kg, so fairly average. I would not have an induction based on fundal height or on previous baby's birth weight. Completely arbitrary IMO.
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19-09-2013 19:43 #6
I agree, it's not a great guide.
I've measured ahead this whole pregnancy and a growth scan confirmed that my baby is measuring just below the 50th percentile, so isn't a ginormous boofa. Yet, anyway.
I'd never arrange an induction around it. The vast majority of women won't grow a baby too big for them to birth
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19-09-2013 20:07 #7Senior Member
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It's not an entirely accurate measure but I wouldn't agree that a discrepancy should just be ignored.
It was initially a discrepancy in fundal height that triggered my OB to do some further investigations in my second pregnancy. I was diagnosed with polyhydramnios (excess amniotic fluid). This can be caused by serious problems with the baby or the mother or it can have no cause (our case, fortunately).
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19-09-2013 20:47 #8
With me it was accurate with both of my boys. I was way ahead with both. DS2 at 32 weeks I was measuring pretty much 39 weeks. DS1 I went 10 days over and needed to be induced ( not beacause of my fundal) ended up with a c section. DS2 I chose a c section. DS1 was 10lbs 6oz( 10 days over) and DS2 was 10lb 3 oz ( 4 days early)
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19-09-2013 20:54 #9
It was never measured with my twins.
With dd I was 2 weeks ahead apparently. She was 9lb 6oz when born, an she was 5 days overdue.
But really- it depends on a lot of factors as pp's have said. One day I had two drs measure my fundal height and both got different readings. So who measures you can also impact.
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19-09-2013 21:10 #10
I measured at 52cm when I was 39 weeks with DS! Lol
I was induced at 39.6, not to do with the large measurement but because of high blood pressure and swelling and what not. I was told to expect a massive baby and even told to have 00 clothes ready. DS was 8 pound 5 and in size 0000 for a month
My placenta weighed more than DS!
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