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Ok, I feel like an idiot asking this, esp. since I have 3 other kids, but I have never understood how to "feel" your uterus. I press in on my stomach, but I can't tell where it is, and I don't want to press too hard, because I am scared I am going to hurt something.<br>
Can someone give me a lesson?
 

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I'd be surprised if you could feel it this early. The doc palpates your uterus with his/her fingers inside and pushing up on your cervix and the other hand on your abdomen. So, I doubt you'd feel it just yet just from the outside. I'm 13.5 weeks and I can't feel mine yet. You won't hurt anythign by trying tho <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink">
 

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I don't press hard, I just roll my hand over my lower abdomen. My uterus feels like a firm ball. I have to do it laying on my back so my muscles are soft.
 

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An easy way to locate your fundus is to find the sides first using both hands on either side of where your abdomen. Then follow the sides up until you locate the fundus. Since you have already had three kids, you should be able to feel your uterus, since it has a tendency to pop up and out of the pelvis earlier with subsequent pregnancies. Oh, and don't worry about pressing to hard or hurting the baby. There is plenty of cushion in there to protect the baby. HTH!
 

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Lie on your back with your knees up because that releases any tension in the abdominal muscles. I find starting from the sides easier as TXmidwife suggests. It should be about halfway between your belly button and the top of your pubic bone (about where the pubic hair starts growing). And you really can't hurt anything and you might get a kick or a poke back!
 

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I couldn't feel mine for awhile either. You have to lie on your back to feel it though--even on an exercise ball to really emphasize your belly to feel it this early on. I'm at 24 weeks and believe me--you'll feel it then! But even now you might be able to feel the top if it if you gently poke around an inch or two below your belly button.
 

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I find it easiest first thing in the morning early on. Lying down with my knees slightly bent, I relax my abdominal muscles and then gently prod at my stomach starting just below my belly button with the finger tips of both hands. Usually a hard, roundish lump can be felt slightly above the pelvic bone by 9.5-10 weeks if it's a second (or beyond) pregnancy.<br><br>
My first pregnancy it was closer to 14 weeks before I could feel anything, and then it was still really low for another week or two. This time (5th pregnancy) it's above my belly button and impossible to miss first thing in the morning at 14 weeks. After I get up, move around and pee it goes down to a bit above halfway between my pelvic bone and belly button.
 
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