(Closed) Fundal height too small… anyone?!

posted 7 years ago in Babies
Post # 3
1813 posts
Buzzing bee

Sorry, I’m not a doctor, but  I just wanted to reassure you!  Hopefully you can get your u/s soon!

I’ve heard some doctors don’t even do fundal anymore bc it isn’t very accurate depending on how you carry.  I was measuring ahead, then dropped and measured behind.

Post # 4
6009 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

I measured about 3-4 cm behind almost my entire pregnancy; my doctor thought Addie was just going to be a really small baby (like 5 pounds) because of it, but she came out just under average at 6 pounds 9 ounces. 

Did the OB say how far behind you are measuring?  Maybe your baby is just on the small side or you’re carrying differently, like cannotwait said.

Post # 5
2695 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2008

My doctor didn’t use that either, but I had a lot of ultrasounds because I was small.  They eventually said I had IUGR which is Inter Uterine Growth Restriction.  I think it is just a catch all for all the things that can cause your uterus to be on the small side (I measured in the first percentile).  The baby had dropped from 30th percentile at 20 weeks to 7th percentile at 38 weeks.  Not good, and since he was breech and I needed a c section, they decided to deliver him early.  He was 6 pounds 2 ounces, perfectly healthy and has since caught up to where he should be (50th percentile weight and 90th height!). 

You are going to worry a little no matter what, but listen to your doctors and have faith! It is too bad you have to wait for the US, but on the other hand, if they thought there was a really big problem, they would have found a way for you to get one same day.  Make sure to get plenty of fluids, and get some rest.  I think in the grand scheme of all the things that can go wrong in a pregnancy and delivery, being small is probably one of the less worrisome things.  I reminded myself of that when I started to worry and it helped πŸ™‚

Post # 6
325 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

I have heard this happening with several friends– where they are measuring ahead or behind, and sometimes even the ultrasound shows a large or small baby, but it isn’t always accurate. So definitely look at it as a precaution, but don’t worry TOO much.

There is always a range of belly size, but not everyone carries the same, shows the same, distributes the weight the same, etc. So there is a HUGE chance that you carry more of the baby in towards your body, or spread out from side to side, etc.

Post # 7
7081 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2009

I measured behind the whole pregnancy and we had a tiny baby… She’s just fine now but she’ll probably always be a shortie!  I was always the tiniest kid in my class.

Post # 8
2866 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

My doctor didn’t start measuring me till around 24 weeks (there wasn’t much to measure before then). I’m not sure what’s normal but I’m sure there’s a range.

It seems a little weird that they wouldn’t know before now that you were measuring small (like they might have noticed before on ultrasounds). But babies are all different sizes – so try not to stress too much before you get more info. Plus they could have your due date wrong by a week or so…since they usually just go by your last period and not actual conception.

Post # 9
311 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2008

I’ve been measuring about 2 weeks behind for weeks now (I’m 36 weeks) but my doctor said it’s likely I’m just having a small baby.  Seeing as my husband and I were both small babies, it makes sense.  As long as you’re still feeling regular movement, I wouldn’t stress too much. 

Post # 10
1835 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

Don’t they usually use your fundal measurements as a guide to how far along you are? 27 cm= 27 weeks, etc. Everything I’ve read about says that measuring small is just an indication of a small baby and definitely something to look into but nothing to worry about πŸ™‚

Post # 11
105 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2007 - Bride's family summer home in the Adirondacks

I was measuring ahead until sometime in my 30s when it went down abruptly.  They were a bit concerned and ordered an ultrasound and it just turned down that he had dropped!  Once the baby drops, it makes sense that your belly sticks out less far since they move deeper into your pelvis, and my son just dropped earlier than average.  They thought he might have stopped growing, but nope, he’d just shifted inside a bit.  Good luck!!!

Post # 14
314 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

@sessaj: I’m so glad everything is okay!

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