(Closed) Uterus height/growth

posted 5 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 2
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Bumble bee

How do you know where your uterus is? I think I must be really out of touch with my body!! Or are you looking at fundal height?

I’m obviously not a doctor, but I don’t think it’s an exact science? I think it probably varies based on your body proportions. Babies grow at different rates too. They do everything on percentiles, so I think it’s an averages game. Some babies have to be smaller, if you’re only a couple of centermetres off I’m sure baby isn’t too small. Totally unscientific opinion I know!

Are you feeling movements yet? That should help to reassure you?

I honestly would just wait for your doctor. Which I know is easier said than done! I’m sure it’s all fine!!!

Post # 4
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

How do you know where the uterus is? my nurse messured mine and it was a lot higher than I thought. I’m messured 3 weeks ahead which she said was good (carrying multiples) so really don’t think it’s an exact science. 

Post # 5
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

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mazzoffee:  the hard part is her, but the uterus might extend farther up from that. 

Post # 6
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2013 - UK

I assume OP means fundal height. You can feel it for yourself if you palpate gently.

Fundal height depends on many factors, including the position of the baby inside the uterus. For example, if they are transverse then fundal height will be lower.

Not sure it’s something to worry about at this stage. A around 22 weeks you can expect the anatomy scan which should give you a better idea of how big the baby is. It’s a much more accurate guide to foetal size.

Post # 9
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2013 - UK

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mazzoffee:  Cool. Did they give you an idea of foetal size at 19 weeks?

I remember now that you’re the other lady on here who had a praevia, just like me. I had my third trimester scan to check the position of the placenta last week. I’ve been cleared for a vaginal delivery, just like I thought I would be, although I have been warned about possible complications as well, because mine is still very low, apparently. I should let you know how it goes in a few weeks’ time, maybe?

Post # 10
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

They would have noticed if your baby was measuring small at the anatomy scan.

Post # 11
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Helper bee

Fundal height is generally referred to as teh measurement between the top of the uterus and pubic bone. It doesn’t mean the top of the uterus. Fundal height can be inaccurate because all bodies are different. For example, my fundal height always measured small but my baby was in the 60th percentile. According to my doctor it was because of my abs and because my torso is a bit longer than average.  The top of my uterus, on the other hand, was always where it was meant to be.

It’s possible to feel the top of your uterus if you lie on your back and just palpate with two fingers. It feels like a hard ridge. I don’t remember my uterus feeling as ‘hard pressure’ when palpating it around your weeks so it may be that you’re just poking at your baby and the top of your uterus is actually higher up.

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

I’m measuring 23 weeks when I am really 24.5.  No worries as long as you are within 3 cm (which means 3 weeks) either way!  

Post # 13
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

Well you can feel where your uterus is, but I wouldn’t worry since it’s not an exact science and you’re measuring it and not your doctor.  Your OB will measure it at all of your appointments- do you have one soon?  I also believe +/- 2 weeks is considered normal.

Post # 15
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2011 - Boy #1 12/2015, boy #2 02/2018

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mazzoffee:  My midwife started measuring my fundal height at 28 weeks, so you are probably too early to be felt. I wouldn’t worry until you get to that point. How were your measurements during your anatomy scan? Were they within the normal range? 

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