How Do Doctors Measure Size

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SamiB - May 30

Hey, I had a quick question. I am almost 28 weeks along and was just curious as to how they measured the baby's size/weight. I know that some people are induced due to their baby not growing like they should, or whatever, and was wondering how the doctors were able to tell. My doctor hasn't like measured my stomach or where my uterus is or whatever, and I don't have any more ultrasounds so I was curious. Thanks!

 

Nora1 - May 30

The most accurate way that they have to measure size/weight is by the measurements they get from the ultrasound. But even these aren't always accurate in the end. They can also take a guess by the measurements of your belly and fundal height. These are all just guesses though, really.

 

JESS1980 - May 30

Hi SamiB! I am almost 28 weeks too. So far my doctor has been measuing the height of my uterus. I don't have anymore ultrasounds scheduled either. I think it's pretty standard for the doctor to measure your uterus at each visit, so I'm surprised that your doctor isn't doing that. But maybe all docs are different. Good Luck!!!

 

Tillie - May 30

I agree, your doctor should be measuring your uterus externally with a simple measuring tape, generally at every visit. Though I suppose all docs are different. Usually measuring "small" a couple of times will prompt him or her to give you an ultrasound, which is how those of us who know the estimated weight of our babies found out.

 

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