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27 weeks and measuring 22 weeks

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Saw a different midwife in the practice today and she measured my fundal height as being behind. She said if it were just a little off she would let it ride but it was enough off that she is concerned that there is a problem either with the baby's growth or with my fluid levels. She referred me for an ultrasound but I can't get in for 4 more days. I do plan on getting the ultrasound but I am wondering as well what experiences other people have had with this. Up until now this pregnancy has been pretty uneventful and the baby measured on target when I had the anatomy scan at 22 weeks. My daughter was a very average 7 lb 10 oz at birth and I don't recollect having this problem with her. I think I have gained less weight this time around, but it's still somewhere in the realm of the expected weight gain at this point. 

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erigeron, I'm sorry I don't have any experience to share, but I'm bumping this up to see if it catches someone else's attention. I hope everyting is a-ok with your baby!
post #3 of 11
The greatest likelihood is that the different midwives have slight differences in how they measure fundal height. Possibly coupled with the baby happening to be transverse instead of longitudinal or something like that. I wouldn't sweat it too hard although I know that's easier for me to say than for you to do! smile.gif
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Erigeron - my last pregnancy with DD she consistently measured 3-5 cm "behind" from about 27 weeks until she arrived. She was born at 6# 14oz & 19.5 inches. We never figured out why the measurements were "off". Hope all's well.
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Originally Posted by Katie8681 View Post

The greatest likelihood is that the different midwives have slight differences in how they measure fundal height. Possibly coupled with the baby happening to be transverse instead of longitudinal or something like that. I wouldn't sweat it too hard although I know that's easier for me to say than for you to do! smile.gif

Yeah, that is my thought as well. It's just frustrating. And the midwives in this practice do share patients--we could be seen by any of the 3 of them in labor, so we see them all at different times for prenatal care. I would think that they would have kind of worked some of this out among themselves, unless they are constantly sending their patients for ultrasounds due to being too big/too small when measured by a different midwife. 

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I can see different midwives being a tad bit different but the way they learn to measure is pretty straight forward.  No way would one measure you at 5 cm different from another.  My guess is baby was laying transverse or something.  Chances are the ultrasound will show baby is just fine but I do think you are right to get it done.  Wish I was more help!

post #7 of 11

What did you measure last time? Do you remember? It could be the way she measured you, is it a big gap from last time? 

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I can see different midwives being a tad bit different but the way they learn to measure is pretty straight forward.  No way would one measure you at 5 cm different from another.  My guess is baby was laying transverse or something.  Chances are the ultrasound will show baby is just fine but I do think you are right to get it done.  Wish I was more help!

I also agree with this, at this point, it could really be  a number of any non alarming reasons, stay calm, and good luck:)

post #9 of 11
Keep in mind that fundal height is +/- 3cm from # of weeks. At 27 weeks you can measure as little as 24cm and as big as 30cm and be considered size=dates. Of course your personal growth trend is very important too.
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I think I was outside of that +/- 3 range. Anyway, everything was dandy on the ultrasound. The baby is average-sized and my fluid levels are fine. He's breech, though. I wonder if him having his butt nestled down in the pelvis might be contributing to me carrying lower. I go back to the midwives in two more weeks and we'll see where we're at. He's so vigorous. I just kept thinking, okay, I'm going to get this scan, but it's really hard to think there could be a problem with this baby.  

post #11 of 11
Glad you got reassurance! smile.gif
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