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What is fundal height?

What is fundal height?

Top of the uterus: Fundal height refers to the location of the top of your uterus. This is a quick and easy way to confirm that the uterus is growing normally. We start at the top of the pubic bone and use the tape measure to locate the top of the uterus. After 20 weeks this distance in centimeters roughly equals your gestational age. Ex: 28 CM fundal height = 28 weeks gestation. ...Read more

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What should the fundal height be at 8 weeks (3rd child)?

What should the fundal height be at 8 weeks (3rd child)?

None: An 8 week uterus is usually not popping out of the pelvis yet - if you are thin then it may be palpable above the pubic bone. ...Read more

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What is more accurate? Fundal height measurement or measuring the baby through an ultrasound? I'll be 24w tomorrow and haven't had my belly measured

What is more accurate? Fundal height measurement or measuring the baby through an ultrasound? I'll be 24w tomorrow and haven't had my belly measured

Baby growth: The fundal height is good for trending over the course of your pregnancy and fh is +/- 2-4 cm = weeks once past 20 weeks. Most doc's will start measuring fh at 20 or 24 week visit. U/s has a 10-15% error of calculating baby weight throughout pregnancy and assigning dates varies with gestational age. ...Read more

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How to measure fundal height?

Measuring tape: Use the centimeter side and measure from the middle of the pubic bone (place the zero there) to the top of the curve of the uterus. In general the number of centimeters is about the number of weeks once beyond about 15 weeks. ...Read more

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How do I know if my fundal height is right?

Plus/minus 2cm: The fundal height should not vary more than two centimeters from what your gestational age is at the time. Your doctor would probably order an ultrasound to assess the situation further it you are lagging behind or measuring ahead. ...Read more

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Fundal height is 4 weeks more than my due date but baby measuring 2 weeks smaller than my due date, what does this mean?

It means little: Fundal height generally approximates but does not always correlate to the actual gestational age. The measurement that you describe, I am assuming, is an ultrasound that is also an approximation. ...Read more

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3rd u/s done @ 28w2d, at apt the next day was told growth & fluid were normal but my fundal height measured 33. Dr not concerned, what could this mean?

Probably not much: As long as us looks ok, and all evidence shows baby is healthy and growing, thats good. No test is 100% perfect and there are no 100% guarantees even with 1000s of tests or exams. Ask your doctor next time. Often the weeks gestation and fundal height dont match exactly. Everthing you reported here sounds ok. ...Read more

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Hi I have a fundal height of 21cm at 25wks, scan last week showed below average amnio fluid but bub fine. Help please so worried next app a week away!?

Hi I have a fundal height of 21cm at 25wks, scan last week showed below average amnio fluid but bub fine. Help please so worried next app a week away!?

Please call your: Ob they know you and exactly what the scan showed, and your OB should ahve discussed the scan with you already !it doesn't matter that your next appt is one week away, call your OB on the phone or move up your visit that is what any of my pts would do and i would expect them to do that, but they wouldn't ahve to as they would already know what is going on and what teh plan is call yourob. ...Read more

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My midwife gave me a fundal height measurement of 21cm what does that mean?

My midwife gave me a fundal height measurement of 21cm what does that mean?

21 weeks: Fundal height is measured from the pubic bone to the top of the uterus. The number in centimeters usually correlates pretty well with the number of weeks of pregnancy. Ultrasound gives a more precise gestational age. Obstetricians measure fundal height regularly to make sure the fetus is growing as expected. ...Read more