Hi everyone! I found this board while searching Google for information on large fundal height readings. After lurking a bit and reading all the education and supportive responses I decided it was high time to ask a person (at a computer) and not a computer what all this can mean. I am currently 20w6d. My last appointment was just 2 days ago, and my fundal height has soared. A student came in and asked if she could talk to me and examine me before my doctor came and I agreed. She was really nice and had a lot of questions for me, and then she went to take my fundal and listen for the heartbeat. My fundal was showing 28cm!
(I go to the OB every 2 weeks b.c of chronic HBP and seizures which were both brought on by my first pregnancy. They're keeping an eye on things and doing an ultrasound once a month because they were afraid my baby girl would be growing at a slower rate due to the prior medical conditions.)
She was looking for my uterus, and for the last month or more, it's been above my belly button, which is pretty high. Well it went actually they couldn't get baby's heartbeat on anything but U/S until close to 16 weeks, and she hadn't 'popped' up out of my pelvic bone. And when she did, that's also when my uterus seemed to 'pop' up over my belly button. She was a little baffled by that, but went on to find the heartbeat, which was also found about even if not a little above my button!
Then she left to get my doctor so she could measure me again and make sure it wasn't just a mistake from in-experience, and sure enough, my Dr. got the same measurement.. 28 centimeters! At my 18 week visit it was 22 centimeters, but at that time I was told that they don't really like to count on the measurements until 20 weeks, but she wanted something to refer back to.
So that means I went from 4cm early to 8cm early over the course of two weeks. So far all my U/S have been normal and they only moved my due date by a few days, not weeks.
Normally I'd have an U/S scheduled for this week, but they're sending me to a larger hospital in Dallas for a higher level U/S that was supposed to be to just check on how the organs were developing and count fingers and toes, but now I guess it's coming at the right time to check on all this mess too!
I've read that a large fundal height can mean a large healthy baby, a large baby due to gd (which I have no signs of), too much amniotic fluid, multiples (no signs of on any previous u/s), ect ect ect.
I'm leaning towards large baby. She's moving around constantly, and I feel her from my ribs to my lower abdomen. Hubby can feel her too, and anyone can see the movement from the outside. I really need to get some video of that one.. it's just crazy! I felt DS around 20 weeks, but no one else could feel or see his movements until 25-26 weeks.
Any input or ideas? LoL! Thanx for reading this far.. I know I go on and on, but we all worry tons about these precious gifts!