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Andrea...wife, SAHM to 3.5 yo DS and 1 yo DD.
Frugal, food growing mama to my four loves
...This is my first pregnancy and my fundus seems to vary depending on the time of day. Like gravity pulls my uterus down throughout the day and it SEEMS higher to me in the morning when I first wake up, but I may just have a good imagination. I would say it's around halfway between my pubic bone and belly button...
mama to and, due in November
I'm looking forward to the rest of you getting some suprises in the next month or two!
...i was 11 weeks the first time we heard it & it was all the way up by my belly button! that is what first started my twin paranoia (well, that & the fact they're evey other gen. on my moms side, and it's my turn, lol)...
Did listen for the heart tones with a full bladder? Early in pregnancy a full bladder can make a big difference. In fact when they want to do U/S on non-pregnant mothers that make them drink a quart of water first to get the uterus high enough *to see*.
The other thing is unlike fetoscopes, dopplers aren't directional. With a fetoscope you might hear the heart beat just over the baby's back. With a doppler you might hear it over an entire quadrant.
Often times with twins the fundal height numbers won't start getting seriously large (6-10 cm) until around the 20 week mark. If this isn't your first pregnancy you should always weigh your current fundal height measurements against those for your previous twin and/or singleton pregnancies. What's healthy and normal for you isn't necessarily what's average across all women.
FWIW I just did a quick google search on "fundal height" + twins and the only five sites I checked said to suspect twins at 2-4 cm large for dates. I think this is ridiculous. The smallest twin fundal height I ever measured was +6cm with a mom who'd measured 1 to 2 cm small with her 9-lb singleton. I'd palpate my abdomen attentively after a +2cm fundal height but that's only because my 9-10 pound babies always measured 3-4cm small.
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