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#1 of 7 Old 03-18-2009, 08:32 PM - Thread Starter
 
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ok this is just sort of a general question that i should have asked the mw today, but didn't think to till id already gone out the door. how does the measurement work per week? this week (im 36 weeks) i was measuring 35.5, and she measured me twice to "make sure it was right". is that measurement off for someone who's 36 weeks along? lol. she didnt seem really concerned, and im sure if it was really something to worry about she would have said so. are you measured at like 1 cm per week? or inch or whatever unit of measurement they use- LOL.

everything else was great. she finally felt the baby's head which she said had been buried down there before and hard to feel. we were joking that the baby didn't have a head for a few weeks there. argh, and after thinking that i had my insurance thing mostly worked out (they were going to cover all but the first two months), the mw isn't sure because something happened with my carrier's contract not too long ago that could affect the gov medicaid type deal that we're using (like my technical terminology?). so now im being back to being worried that this wont be covered. so annoying! she is spossed to call me asap and let me know what she finds out from dshs. worst case scenario is that ill have to pay for the entire pg up until this point, and give birth in a hospital instead of at home : . granted ive heard the hospital is at least natural birth friendly and i'd have a midwife. it would still be a big deal to me. im just trying not to think about it!

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Hi! I can't imagine why she would have thought twice about your measurement. Usually we use how many weeks you are as a guideline to how many cm you should be, but not everyone is exactly 36cm at 36 weeks. Being .5 off is totally a non-issue. Plus or minus 3-4 cm is still within normal limits, especially if you had good interval growth (fundus grew from one appt to the next). I have always measured small, really small for dates. Usually 3-4cm under, for example, I am 35 weeks now and am measuring 32. But I was 28.5 last visit, so it shows the baby is growing, and therefore not concerning. I would totally not worry about it, especially with only .5 of a cm!

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I could see her re-measuring if it was a big change from a previous measurement... say you were a couple of centimeters "ahead" at a previous visit and are now much less, or vice versa.

And the palpation can give a sense of context to the measurement- like if the baby's head has engaged, how much fluid there is, general size of the baby, etc.

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I wouldn't worry at all. My mw said it was a plus or minus 4cm anyway -- a pretty huge margin of error, really. With my dd I was always measuring several cm ahead of my weeks (34cm at 31wks, etc..). With this babe I'm similar to you - 1 to .5 cm less than my wks. Definitely not cause for concern.

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ok, whew. i wasnt too worried, mostly just wondering how they measured it. i hadn't really ever thought of it before. glad to have the info now!

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Oh, I'm always "small" by that and mine measured twice because the baby moved during the measurement! No big deal, not at all, and I think 35.5 is totally normal.

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I've been a couple of cm off this whole pregnancy. It can also change depending on baby's position. Not to worry about! I hope everything works out with your insurance! That is not a fun thing to have to worry about.
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