Getting Measured

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confused - December 28

when the dr measures your tummy what does that mean. he does it at every vist_t. what does the measurement tell? thanks

 

rainie - December 28

He is measuring from your pubic symphasis to the top of your uterus. After about your 20th week they start doing it, and it tells them a lot of things. The measurement should be the same amount in centimeters as the week you are on, for instance in week 28 your uterus would measure 28 centimeters. Around week 36 is when the growth stops... it doesn't really stop but your baby drops some, so the measurement doesn't usually get above 36 cms. This is how they found out that I had polyhydramnios, too much amniotic fluid, because I was measureing anywhere from 4-6 weeks further... that problem fixed itself but when it did the measurement showed that hiding in that extra fluid was an extra big baby. So anyway the measurement can detect problems (if your too big, too small) correct due dates... things like that.

 

confused - December 28

i measured today at 38 and half almost 39 what does that mean

 

rainie - December 28

The only way I could tell you what that means is if you tell me what week you are in also

 

confused - December 28

the dr says i am due any day. we were not really sure cause i didnt start going to the dr. right away

 

Rainie - December 28

oh, ok... well I'd say that means that your going to have a good sized baby like me, and that he/she maybe hasn't dropped yet. Some babies don't drop until labor day.

 

confused - December 28

the dr said the baby did drop is that good or bad

 

Christine - December 29

Confused that is good if the baby has dropped...should help things go more smoothly..if the baby doesnt drop...then it could mean more pushing..anyways i imagine you will be having your baby anyday now...watch for your mucus plug and remember to time your contractions...good luck

 

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