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February 3rd, 2013, 08:51 AM
plastikmom's Avatar Super Mommy
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So at my appointment on Friday my OB measured my belly for the first time. I was 28 weeks and 4 days (I think). And I measured 32 cm, or 32 weeks. She made it sound like it was no big deal, so I am not really worried, just curious. Is this really accurate? I mean what about us girls that have extra fluff (I had about 20 lbs of it when I got pregnant!) or have looser abdominal muscles from previous pregnancies? Wouldn't this impact the measurement? Don't some people carry more forward and other tend to spread more side to side, this would effect belly projection wouldn't it? I guess my question is, what is the point of doing it, when if the result is off, like mine was (and more then the two weeks that the doctor said is still within the normal range) you do nothing about it. So now I know that my belly is abnormally large and I have been having nightmares about a huge baby and GD or excess fluid, ect. I don't really feel nervous, but obviously my subconscious is stressed bc of these dreams! Should I ask for an US if I am way ahead at my next appt?
And by the way, baby was otherwise great, HB in the 150's and I drank my sugar drink and am awaiting results. My last baby was 6 lbs 6 ounces at 37 weeks and most people that see me say my belly is looking small. Go figure??
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February 3rd, 2013, 09:31 AM
kimberley's Avatar Mega Super Mommy
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I have the same thing going on. I was measuring 30cm at my 28 week appt. MW didn't seem concerned, and I too have some extra fluff from last pregnancy. My first baby was HUGE, so i'm not surprised I'm measuring larger. I have also had people surprised I'm not bigger than I am. Ugh who knows. I passed the GD with flying colors, hopefully you will too!

You should ask for a U/S if you want to be reassured, but then again u/s measurements aren't always accurate either. I'm going to be having a u/s at around 36 weeks to get an idea.

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February 3rd, 2013, 10:13 AM
JenLee's Avatar Veteran
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I measured ahead with all of my pregnancies including this one. At 21 weeks, I was measuring 25 cm. In my cases, with both of my previous pregnancies, at a certain point the dr. had me to ultrasounds to check on fluid levels and size of baby. With my first two pregnancies my fluid level was high, and I had big babies. My first ds was 11 lbs, born at 42 weeks, my second was 9 lbs. 8 oz. at 37. I did not have GD with any of my pregnancies including this one. It just runs in the family. I was over 9 lbs, dh was 9lbs. siblings were between 9-10lbs; with other members going as high as 12 lbs. I was told by my periantologist(specialists) that measuring ahead doesnt always mean anything as far as the size of baby or fluid levels, but it is something they check on later just to be sure about.

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February 3rd, 2013, 10:24 AM
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My measurements are kind of all over the place so I wouldn't be too concerned if your doctor/ midwife isn't concerned. I also don't trust ultrasounds to tell you how big your baby is measuring. I have one friend who had an elective c section because her doctor said that her baby was way to big to be born vaginally. Turns out the baby was only 7 pounds.
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February 3rd, 2013, 10:30 AM
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It really depends on how baby is positioned at the time you got measured, fluid levels and even positioning of the tape. It isn't remotely close to being totally accurate, just a guideline. If you are concerned definitely bring it up at your next appointment. I measured ahead and behind from time to time with both my other kids with no real concerns from my docs. My girlfriend just had her baby and measured "small" and was so upset etc her son was 8 pounds 9...

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February 3rd, 2013, 02:31 PM
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I wouldn't bank on it...Mine have never been accurate!!! Even the ultrasounds weren't accurate. One was way over, one way under??? I think you just have to see what happens next appointment.
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February 3rd, 2013, 03:17 PM
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my 30 week appointment i was measuring at 35 and have been in that oversize bracket since 22 weeks
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February 6th, 2013, 10:31 AM
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I wouldn't bank on it too much. I have always measured larger, except with this one, but there's still time...

Last time, the doctor told me that he thought it was probably because I carry so high. So, the measurements can definitely vary by provider and depending on where you carry. I'm sure if he is concerned, he'll let you know as time goes by. Usually one high measurement doesn't warrant concern.
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