(Closed) Belly Measurements

posted 5 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 3
5475 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

@RunningGal:  It is to asses fundal height (the fundus of the uterus).  I believe the height in centimeters is supposed to correlate to the gestation in weeks. 

Post # 4
1272 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

My understanding is that it’s just a simple way to check that baby is growing at an appropriate rate – average growth is 1 cm per week (so 20 weeks = 20cm, which is kinda cool!). It gives the OB/midwife a quick way of telling whether they need to run other tests or if everything is going fine. Some doctors talk about measuring behind or ahead based on this, but I think in general they’re just looking for consistent growth.

Post # 5
452 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

Yep, PP is right. It gives a pretty good indication of if the fetus’ growth is progressively along a typical curve. Usually around 12 weeks you can feel the uterus just over the pubic bone and at around 20 weeks it’ll be around your belly button. It generally correlates +/- 1 cm with the number of weeks along you are, until about 36-37 weeks when things start to shift a bit and it actually usually comes down a bit. The fundal height is from the top of the pubic bone to the top of the uterus – which is not necessarily the top of your baby belly

ETA: it doesn’t give a great measurement of how big the baby is (e.g. 6lbs vs 7lbs, etc.)

Post # 6
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

PPs have it right — they are measuring the size of your uterus to gauge the size of your baby and make sure the baby is growing at the proper rate. At my last appointment at 32 weeks, my measurement was only 30cm (the measurement in cm should correlate to how many weeks along you are) — so the doc said don’t worry but if you fall further behind at your next appointment then we’ll need to do some tests to make sure everything is okay. It’s just the easiest way to track baby’s growth, along with tracking my weight gain!

Post # 7
413 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

My midwife said it was to check the size of the baby/uterus — to see if we’re measuring roughly to schedule. It should correspond to the number of weeks — but within a few cms. Doesn’t have to be exactly the same.

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