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#1 of 9 Old 02-11-2009, 12:47 PM - Thread Starter
 
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I don't understand how to do this...anyone have a good website to refer to? I am paranoid about hurting the baby and don't usually push on my stomach at all, in any way. How can I feel better about this?

PS I do realize it's too early yet (I'm just 12 wks) but planning ahead...

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It will not hurt the baby. What you do is lay down on a firm surface on your back. Take a tape measure and use the cm side. Put the starting end of the tape measure at the top of your pubic bone, then lay it up your midline until you reach the top of your uterus (the fundus). You can usually feel kind of a hard/firm area, then softness above it. That is where your fundus ends. Measure to the top of that firm area in cm. Each cm usually represents approximately one week of gestation. So if you are 20 weeks, the point from your pubic bone to the top of your fundus will be 20 centimeters.

Does that help? You really don't have to push hard or on the baby or anything to check fundal height.
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What she said It would very difficult to actually cause harm to the baby by pushing on your stomach. They are very well cushioned in there.

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Don't get discouraged! I found it kind of hard to find my fundus around that many weeks. it felt really uncomfortable to poke and prod, so I just kind didn't take it seriously, I guess you could say, until around 20-ish weeks.

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You should be able to feel it now, just above your pubic bone. A good way is to start at your navel and press in and down and work your way down till you feel a firmness, which would be the top of your fundus. The baby will be fine, when palpating later in pregnancy you will be putting more pressure on your uterus, and it doesn’t hurt anything. If you feel it now, it will be easy to recognize and feel it later and you can feel it growing till you are ready to actually measure. Like I said at 12 wks it should be just above your pubic bone, though I have found with my last 3 it has been higher and higher sooner (I think because I have BTDT before). For me it is normal for it to be in the 16 wk position at 12 wks (1/2 way between pubic bone and navel). I can usually feel it as early as 6 wks in the morning with a full bladder, and 8 wks without a full bladder. I like to feel it early because I can feel it growing weekly (which is nice since I don’t hear the heartbeat till later with a fetoscope).

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when measuring my fundus, i found it easier for dh to hold the bottom of the tape measure so i could use 2 hands to find the top of my uterus.
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Are you pushing in the middle or on the side?

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You push in the middle, right where your belly button is. If you start there, you can push in and down each time as you work your way down your belly. How much you push in will probably have to do with how much fat or flab (I have the flab, LOL) you have on your belly (the more flab or fat, the more agressive you will want to be to make sure you feel it) You want to really feel, but it shouldn't be uncomfortable or hurt (you don't have to push in so much that it hurts ya know). But don't be afraid to really feel. If you have ever had a midwife or ob palpate your uterus, or baby, you know they can really get in there and feel but it doesn't hurt (unless they are being rough) and it doesn't hurt baby.
If you start up and work your way down, it should be really easy to feel where it gets firm. If you try in the morning with a full bladder, your uterus will be even higher. Once you get the hang of finding it, you can feel it growing, and then will know what you are looking for when you are ready to measure if you want to do that.

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Okay I'm going to try this. I'm a skinny one, so maybe I can feel it pretty easily.

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