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<p>I'm almost 14 weeks, now, pregnant with my first baby. I just got back from my second prenatal appointment and the doctor said that I'm "measuring small". He didn't seem overly concerned, saying that "you're probably just having a small baby, you're not very big people, after all" but I'm (of course) still worried. He actually had to do an internal exam to even find my fundus. He didn't give me any details, and didn't press the issue for further examination or whatever because he easily found the heartbeat with the doppler.</p>
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<p>Any thoughts? Is there really anything I can do to make sure that I get within the normal range? I'm trying really hard to eat enough, but I've never been a big eater and getting into this habit is difficult for me. Has this happened to you?</p>
 

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<p>there have been many people that have talked about the Fundus Measurement and that it is not really accurate until about 20 weeks.  I wouldn't worry if you have heard the Heartbeat and you start feeling the baby move.</p>
 

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<p>I agree. Just as dilation and effacement mean very little during labor, fundal height means very little during pregnancy! Don't worry too much, just start picking out baby clothes and signing up for a childbirth class!</p>
 

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<p>That sounds unnecessarily invasive. I'm sorry <img alt="greensad.gif" src="http://files.mothering.com/images/smilies/greensad.gif"></p>
 

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<p>I'm measuring big, and people in my family have started saying things like "it looks like maybe you won't get to have a homebirth after all, you'll probably need a C-Section." Just family members, mind you, not HCPs. So irritating.</p>
<p>I'm 14 weeks and a couple days too, and this stuff is so variable this early in the pregnancy. I'm basically putting it out of mind until my detailed ultrasound (are you having one?).</p>
 

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<p>DDC crashing-</p>
<p>I measured 'small' with DD1 almost the entire pregnancy... she was 10 lbs, 5 oz at birth (day before her due date, not super late or anything).</p>
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<p>Don't sweat it!</p>
 

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<p>Okay, I'm feeling quite a bit better. I know that if the medical people aren't freaking out over this then neither should I. I really appreciate all your input. I just need to remember that my body knows how to do this (even though I've never done it before) and trust that knowledge.</p>
 

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<p>Oh my gosh, why would he need to even find your fundus. It isn't like it disappeared. Measuring, small, big right on has little importance. I am sorry he made a deal of it, as he absolutely should not have. And then instill doubt, ugh. You are perfectly made to make this baby.</p>
 

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<p>It's also your first pregnancy and the ligaments that hold the uterus in place as well as your abdominals are nice and tight! My first baby, I saw people when out shopping 3 weeks before I delivered, who a month later when I had the baby, swore we adopted as they didn't even realize I was pregnant. And it was in the middle of summer!  I measured only 33/34 wks at the largest and 31/32 at term when he dropped, yet he was a very healthy 8.5 lbs.  As long as you're eating well for you, growing a bit each time, and hearing baby's hb....all is well! Your body will grow the perfect sized baby for you to deliver :)</p>
 

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<p style="margin-top:0px;margin-right:0px;margin-bottom:0px;margin-left:0px;padding-top:0px;padding-right:0px;padding-bottom:0px;padding-left:0px;">Thank you ladies for all your reassurance. His making even a small issue of it caused me a lot of grief, especially because in the next breath I was asking him to refer me to the mental health department for reassessment. My longstanding battle with anxiety and depression is getting more and more unbearable. It was a little jarring, to say the least.</p>
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<p style="margin-top:0px;margin-right:0px;margin-bottom:0px;margin-left:0px;padding-top:0px;padding-right:0px;padding-bottom:0px;padding-left:0px;">My inexperience with pregnancy and lack of family and friends around me where I live is making this a really difficult process and to hear that anything is even slightly abnormal is a huge weight on me. I just wanted to thank you again for the help.</p>
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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>Spinnerette</strong> <a href="/community/forum/thread/1284795/measuring-small#post_16108868"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style="border:0px solid;"></a><br><br><p>Okay, I'm feeling quite a bit better. I know that if the medical people aren't freaking out over this then neither should I. I really appreciate all your input. I just need to remember that my body knows how to do this (even though I've never done it before) and trust that knowledge.</p>
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<br><br><p>OP, even if he *were* making a big deal out of it (or anything else for that matter), it's always best to apply your own judgement and possibly get a 2nd opinion. I'd like to introduce you to a few hundred of my acquaintances over at ICAN whose HCPs made a big deal out of nothing and those women ended up with unnecessary c-sections. Not sayin' they were all unnecessary, just that a little skepticism can be mighty healthy...</p>
 
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