Previous to today, we did not know exactly how far along I am in this pregnancy. My "LMP" was irregular, so we thought I was either 10 weeks or 14 weeks along. After an exam today, the doctor said the top of my uterus is right at my belly button, and that he thinks I am about 15 weeks. This slightly confuses me because most of what I have read and heard says fundal height at the belly button usually means the mother is around 20 weeks along. I am kind of hoping this is the case, because I am scheduled for an ultrasound October 7th and i am hoping they will be able to tell me if it is a boy or a girl :) Even if I am 16 weeks at the ultrasound thats a possibility, but I am very anxious to find out so i can start buying baby clothes and such :)
Well i've done some reading up on it, and everything I have read says it isn't the MOST accurate thing to go by because every woman and pregnancy is different. I think fundal height is just a general measurement they go by to make sure the baby is around the right size for how far along you are. I have also read that sometimes if the height of the fundus doesnt match up to how far along you are that your dates could be wrong. Here is some information I found helpful:
If this is your first pregnancy it's half decently acurate. It WOULD probably only reach the belly button at 20 weeks, and not sooner. If this is your second it's much more likely that you'll feel it sooner and/or measure ahead. Mine just so happens to sit super far forward, such that I can feel it right away. Kinda scared my midwife about multples or something but nope. That's just where it was.
LOL I hope you get your ultrasound :) They pretty much always schedule an ultrasound at my doctors office if your are even a little unsure of your LMP.. and I was apparently way off with mine according to where the top of my uterus is.. It's hard for me to feel where the top of the uterus is because I have some extra weight this time around from my first pregnancy. I thought it felt like it was at the belly button, but I thought there was no way I was feeling the right thing because I had had a "period" the past three months, even though they were irregular, and also had a blood test done and it came back negative!! so i thought I couldn't be too far along.. turns out im 16 weeks now according to the doctor! Cant wait for my ultrasound next friday so I can confirm it and find out if my son is getting a baby brother or sister :)