Just wondering where all you 16 weekers are measuring? I haven't had a US yet.
Uterus at/slightly above my navel at 16 weeks.
the "Fundal height" things are just averages. Everyone is different, everyone's body structure is different, and once you've had several babies everything is already stretched out, so you tend to show earlier.
For the record, I've measured "ahead" to some degree during every pregnancy including my first, it's become more and more obvious with each child, and I've never had twins despite measuring several centimeters "ahead" each time.
I heard that GENERALLY, every finger width below the BB you subtract from 20 weeks, and every finger width above you add to 20 weeks, but as already mentioned, these are really general terms, and everyone is going to be different. For me, however, it seems to be pretty accurate.
Not sure if that helps?!
I feel like an imbecile for even asking. :P
If I push down on my stomach, it starts to get hard right above my bellybutton, maybe 1/2" to 1" above (15 weeks).
As far as your uterus being at your belly button at 16 weeks, that's perfectly normal, especially for your 4th. But it could be the case for someone having her first too.
Remember that some women will have a shorter uterus with a bigger pooch, some with no pooch and tall uterus, etc. etc. (Like the technical terms?)
In the end, NO ONE will follow the book. Everyone's body is differrent and each pregnancy is different.
Let's remember that and celebrate our beautiful, wonderful pregnant bodies!
Could have graphed my weight gain on a dumb chart from a "What To Expect Book" and my fundal height was to the week.
Then ds was born in the exact 50% for height and weight and head circ.
I tell you - you would think we were conformists!
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