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I just had a mw appt yesterday. My mw checked my fundal height and I am almost 3 weeks larger than where I should be. Anyone ever have this???? My mw doesn't seem concerned about it but of course I am just curious. Does this mean a big baby??? My dates are right and I know even down to the date of conception.... hmmmmmm.
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Are you having TWINS?? :

Isn't there normally a range of acceptable fundal heights? Like my mw said that 18-20 weeks should be about at your belly button...

Seems pretty much like a guesstimation. I wouldn't be too overly concerned unless you on consistently WAY over on your fundal height.
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I think it's pretty general...what they're really looking for is a constant/even/gradual increase (instead of a fundal height that bounces up suddenly, or which doesn't change between visits).

I think the nurse at my last visit (the first one where they measured) said I was "maybe" a cm ahead, but that it didn't mean anything since I'd already had a babe and that can "throw off" the first couple of measurements. So maybe since you're not a first time mama that is part of it?

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My fundal height has been off this entire time. I don't think it means much, personally. But I did get freaked out when it was like 5 cm ahead earlier on. I have no idea where we're at now since it's well past my navel. I go on Tuesday to my midwife so I guess we'll find out then.
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I have been off ever since my fundal heights have been measured. I know we are not having twins. I am just freaked out that this can be a big babe when it comes time for birth
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At my last prenatal appt, my mw said i was measuring 2 cm ahead. She said this is normal and nothing to worry about!
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dont know about fundal height but I know at the ultrsound my babe measured at a few weeks behind the 20 that I was and she mentioned that size can range with in a few weeks plus or minus and not throw off a due date or be anything to worry about.
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Measurements can be off +/- 3 cm so I wouldn't worry. My MW said that it is just a guide. It can be off because of the position of the baby, who is taking the measurement, etc. She said she had one client who was progressing normally then jump 6 cm in a month and it turned out she was having twins. I wouldn't worry.
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At my last appointment, I measured three weeks behind - 20 wks when I am actually 23 wks. I did that with my last pregnancy as well - 3 wks behind at 39 wks and had a 8lb baby. It is just a guide. I think it also depends on your body build - I am really long waisted with wide hips (perfect for babies I was told when I was 14 yrs old : ).
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I think at the last appt mine was 1.5 cm ahead or so. Also, my uterus is heart shaped, so I think it is hard to measure it because the top caves in while the sides are higher.

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My m/w told me these measurements are easily +/- 3 weeks (3 cm.)

Also, I was told that if you have a little bit of belly fat, or 'extra' around the waist (like I do!), that can through off the measurements sometimes. Also, like a pp said, baby's position has a lot to do with it, too. I've been measured several times, and I've ranged from -2 weeks to +3 weeks, or right on schedule, every time.
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I wouldn't worry. Every woman grows differently. It is common to be measuring large then to not grow so much the next month and measure more accurately or even keep measuring large all along. But if you keep measuring larger and larger at each appointment then it might be worth checking out. But I wouldn't worry unless you were measuring at least 7 cm more or less than "where you should be".

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Measurements can be off +/- 3 cm so I wouldn't worry. My MW said that it is just a guide. It can be off because of the position of the baby, who is taking the measurement, etc. She said she had one client who was progressing normally then jump 6 cm in a month and it turned out she was having twins. I wouldn't worry.
My MW also said +/- 3 cm... I would not worry, trust your body/baby, it will grow as needed..
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