Should I worry about this?

sundaysunday Posts: 535Registered Users
For my past two Dr. appts, my fundal height has been measuring too small, although I have been consistent in growth. My Dr. says not to worry, but she wants to send me in for a scan if I am still measuring small at my next appt. Did anyone have this happen and should I worry?
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  • Brown_Eyed_GirlBrown_Eyed_Girl Posts: 1,353Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    Since you said you've had consistent growth, I was wondering if there is there a possibility that your due date is off...

    I don't know much to tell you, but that was the first thing that came to my mind.
  • AmnerisAmneris Posts: 15,117Registered Users
    I always measured small - 3-4 weeks behind - and my son was fine. I think it was the way I carried, because I never had a really big belly in front - I carried low and small. Maybe that's all it is?
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  • RedCatWavesRedCatWaves Posts: 31,259Registered Users Curl Connoisseur
    Fundal measurements are an estimate, not an exact science. It's really just a very rough screening tool and can be affected by many things, like wrong dates, twin gestation, etc. Fundal height should equal weeks gestation in centimeters, plus or minus 3. So if you're grossly off from that measurement, then a scan can determine if growth is off and reasons can be investigated. Some women just always measure large or small based on their anatomy. I always measured 3-4 weeks large with all my babies, because I have a small/shallow pelvis. Other women always measure small, because they have roomier pelvises. The way the baby is lying can affect measurement also...if babe moves from transverse to vertex between appointments, there can be a several cm discrepancy.

    So...hold your worry til there is actually something to worry about.
  • DarkAngelDarkAngel Posts: 2,671Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    I pretty consistently measured small. They sent me for an ultrasound and determined that the baby was measuring ahead of dates despite me measuring behind dates. They figured it was because of his position. I carried really low the whole pregnancy. Also my midwife told me that if a different person does your measurement from week to week, that can mess up the estimation. I don't think you have anything to worry about.
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  • cosmicflycosmicfly Posts: 1,814Registered Users
    I had this happen with my second pregancy. I consistently measured small from 20 weeks on, but she stayed on the same curve. (around the 5th percentile). I agreed to a level 2 ultrasound to get the consulting OB my back, and the maternal fetal specialist was actually very reassuring that there was really no prob lem with the baby. Actually, what he said is that even though she technically measured small, she would probably end up close to 7 lb. The day before she was born, I had an ultrasound where the tech told me that she was 5 lb. She was born at 40 wks 0 days and weighed 6lb. 9 oz. She was only 17 inches long though, which is below the 5th percentile for height , so I think her length threw the weight estimate (even though ultrasound is notoriously unreliable for predicting weight).

    With this pregnancy, my fundal height was smaller at one week's visit than the next- it was because he had turned transverse. Once he flipped back, everyhting was back to normal.

    Anyway, I know it's very stressful because I've absolutely been there, but just keep in mind that as long as baby is on the same curve, there is likely no problem.
  • newcurlynewcurly Posts: 1,310Registered Users
    sunday wrote: »
    For my past two Dr. appts, my fundal height has been measuring too small, although I have been consistent in growth. My Dr. says not to worry, but she wants to send me in for a scan if I am still measuring small at my next appt. Did anyone have this happen and should I worry?

    What are you measuring and how many weeks are you? Any high blood pressure?
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  • sundaysunday Posts: 535Registered Users
    Thanks everyone for the reassurances.

    Newcurly, at this point, I am 30 weeks and measuring 2cm. behind. The same Dr. has taken the measurements. No high blood pressure.
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