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Fundal height.

post #1 of 11
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Can any of you mamas feel a fundal height? I swear I could feel mine right on schedule with my last successful pregnancies. I'm 7 weeks and can't feel anything when laying down. If I stand up, and suck in, I can see a ridge about 10 cm above my pubic bone where I can't suck it in.
post #2 of 11

I was just wondering about this this morning, but I am not quite sure how to go about it.  I have quite a bit of padding...

post #3 of 11

I like to measure mine.  I will try to describe what I am feeling for, but I'm not sure it will make sense.  Using the cm side of a soft tape measure, like one you might use while sewing, find the top of your pubic bone and hold in place with one hand, stretching the tape measure up the center of your abdomen. Holding the other hand flat like paper and upright so that your pinky side is down on your skin, start at the pubic bone and press down moderately while moving your hand up toward your belly button until you feel it depress deeper.  At that moment, mark the spot on the tape measure and read.  I know I am not as accurate as my midwife, but I am usually within a cm of what week I am in.  It is always easier for me after the first trimester, but I still do it all the time, as it helps me ease my anxiety.

post #4 of 11

I have a tipped uterus, so my midwife couldn't really feel fundal height at all at my last appointment (6 weeks) and my other doc couldn't really easily feel it from the outside until around 12 weeks (I might be remembering that wrong).  I couldn't feel it at all my last pregnancy until I was really far along and I definitely can't feel it now.  :/

post #5 of 11

It's difficult enough to measure yourself, let alone trying to feel for it with a tipped uterus. 

post #6 of 11

You typically can't feel the uterus until 10-12 weeks, when it just starts peeking up over the pubic bone.  It is definitely NOT 10 cm above your pubic bone this early :).  I've been an apprentice midwife for the last 3 years.  I have felt a tiny hint of a sliver above the pubic bone at about 9 weeks with a very full bladder before.  It should feel like sort of a half moon shape, the round part towards your belly button, with the top of the round part right at your pubic hair line or very slightly above around 12 weeks.  Belly button height is usually about 20 weeks, which is when fundal height begins "meaning" more, although honestly it isn't really all that important (but it can certainly be fun).  Between 20-34 weeks you can expect your fundal height to grow 1 centimeter a week, or 1 fingerbredth a week.  After 34 weeks it usually stops being predictable.  Some women only ever get to 34 centimeters.  Some go up and down in the last part of pregnancy as baby drops and rises.  I hope that helps :) 

post #7 of 11
I thought I could feel mine first thing in the morning with a full bladder, but I wasn't sure about it otherwise. I'm 11 w today, and the mw said it feels more like a 13 w height, but it's probably just because it has btdt before. I was surprised at how high she was feeling it, but it still wasn't very high -- I was just expecting it to be just barely out.
post #8 of 11

I am definitely able to feel the ridge of my fundus now at 10 weeks 3 days, even though I have lots of belly padding.  I could feel the "hint" of it starting at 9 weeks with a full bladder, but now I can feel a distinct ridge at a little below my pubic hair line.  It is in about the same place I felt the swelling before, it is just more towards the surface if that makes sense.  Mine is tilted sort of to the right, too.  I think there is so much variation, especially before 20 weeks, but it is fun to feel things changing!  

post #9 of 11

Oh, good to know! I was trying to feel for mine last night and couldn't feel a think. I'm only 8 weeks and a few days, though. I could definitely feel it in my last pregnancy once I was farther along.

post #10 of 11

I found mine last week, it does take some prodding. I'm 11 weeks and change.

post #11 of 11
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Originally Posted by Margo Nelson View Post
 

You typically can't feel the uterus until 10-12 weeks, when it just starts peeking up over the pubic bone.  It is definitely NOT 10 cm above your pubic bone this early :).  I've been an apprentice midwife for the last 3 years.  I have felt a tiny hint of a sliver above the pubic bone at about 9 weeks with a very full bladder before.  It should feel like sort of a half moon shape, the round part towards your belly button, with the top of the round part right at your pubic hair line or very slightly above around 12 weeks.  Belly button height is usually about 20 weeks, which is when fundal height begins "meaning" more, although honestly it isn't really all that important (but it can certainly be fun).  Between 20-34 weeks you can expect your fundal height to grow 1 centimeter a week, or 1 fingerbredth a week.  After 34 weeks it usually stops being predictable.  Some women only ever get to 34 centimeters.  Some go up and down in the last part of pregnancy as baby drops and rises.  I hope that helps :) 

i've heard that- but always am told i measure too high for the first 27 weeks- like 2 months too big... which at 8 weeks is pretty dramatic!  if you're showing over 14 weeks at 8 weeks, they can feel something.

 

my mom did as well.

 

i like my homebirth midwife b/c she doesn't comment negatively or worriedly on it.  

every baby measured by a medical establishment has led to an ultrasound.  at 7+ weeks, my uterus is already firm and high enough to feel (just like you described above w/ round above bone- i always describe it as a small hard hot air balloon that releases the moment my body gets pregnant).  i've been feeling it to reassure myself that i AM pregnant.  

last pregnancy at 6 weeks, the dr said twins.  i hear that a lot too.  so far no twins, but an enthusiastic and rising uterus from early on!

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