Thursday, May 19, 2011

Fundal Height

When my sister recently told a friend of hers (who, by the way, has had two kids of her own) that I was measuring 41 weeks, her friend asked if it was just excess weight - if I had just put on a lot of weight. And it got me thinking, every week I post my measurements and some of you might not know what it all means.

So, no, I have not put on excess weight. Hehe! It isn't a measurement of my weight or even my belly. It's a measurement of my uterus. Some doctors may not even do this measurement (I was thinking that my sister's friend did not have this measurement done). The way the doctor measures is he/she finds the pubic bone and the top of the uterus (this is done by pushing hard - sometimes it hurts a bit) to feel where it all starts and stops and then uses a tape measure to get an accurate reading. For a singleton mama that centimeter measurement should match the number of weeks pregnant (so a measurement of 15 cm would roughly equate to 15 weeks pregnant).

In reality, a twin mama can have a double measurement and still be within the "normal" range - so at 30 weeks, I could have a 60 week measurement...but the reality is that it's usually around 1.5 times that of a singleton pregnancy because the babies are smaller and because our bodies aren't really designed to support that type of measurement. So when I say that I am measuring 41 weeks, I mean that if I was carrying one baby, it would be expected that around 41 weeks I would be as big as I am today at 30 weeks with twins.

Hope that helps! Anyone else ever had that question?

2 comments:

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people only asked me towards the end because it was a game to see how big I could get without falling over! haha!

In this wonderful life... said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Thanks, lady! I just got all caught up on your last few days and you definitely know what I'm going through! I'll be praying for you guys!! xo

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