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#1 of 7 Old 07-14-2006, 09:26 PM - Thread Starter
 
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At 36 weeks, is the fundal height measurement still applicable? I saw my nurse midwife when I was 33 weeks, and she said I was measuring 2cm low (31cm), but wasn't too concerned. I just measured it myself, and was less than 30cm (around 25cm). I know I'm not a technician, but it can't be that hard to measure it yourself. Is such a low measurement normal this late, or should I call the clinic? (They'll probably say something like, "just wait until your appt on Tuesday.") Am I freaking out for nothing? I guess I'm worried that the fluid may be low and the baby is in there struggling.
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Actually it's not easy to measure yourself - I am good at measuring other Mom's tummys (I did it off and on for a while) but I did my own and when my MW friend measured me, I was 3cm off from her measurement! Talk about stunned!

I think you'd be fine to wait until Tuesday, but go with your gut.
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I think it'd be really, really tough to accurately measure yourself. The pubic bone is really far down there...I'm fairly certain I can barely reach it at this point let alone hold a tape measure steady!

plus if the baby has dropped you'll measure small too. I think when I was 37 weeks and switched to the birth center I never measured more than 34?? and I believe it even got smaller instead of bigger near the end because baby was so low. Rest assured, I had enough fluid to get me to 40w5d, and deliver an 8lb 11 oz baby!

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Plus every person I've had measure me measures differently so I'm not really sure that it's a reliable gauge of how things are going. Is there anything else that is making you worry?
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Ok I feel better now. A phase of over-worrying, I think. That, and everyone says I'm "too small-looking" for 36 weeks. The baby moves around a lot and starting this week I've been feeling (barely) BH contractions, and that's all good news, right? I just need to go with my gut instinct and stop listening to do-gooders at work. :
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I just need to go with my gut instinct and stop listening to do-gooders at work. :
That's right, mama. Tune out the noise. Fill your ears and mind with the normalcy of birth.
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How accurate are these measurements? I had a doctors appointment on 07-19 and measured 40 cm but am 34 weeks pregnant. Is that normal?
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