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Old 08-14-2007, 08:26 PM   #1
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how accurate is *measuring* with a tape ?

Curious how accurate things are if your measures you with a tape ? My dr measured me today and I measured 24 weeks, by my u/s 2 months ago i should be 21. could it just be some extra *cushion* i've packed on maybe ?

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Re: how accurate is *measuring* with a tape ?

When they measure by tape they are just measuring your uterus not baby , and there are a few things that could make your uterus measure bigger , like extra fluid , baby's position ect , not that accurate IMO , just like a due date !
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Old 08-14-2007, 09:36 PM   #3
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When they measure by tape they are just measuring your uterus not baby , and there are a few things that could make your uterus measure bigger , like extra fluid , baby's position ect , not that accurate IMO , just like a due date !
Thanks for your reply thats sooo what i was thinking, actually i was thinking it must be some extra poundage LOL, im sure with this being number 6 my uterus is just given up LOL
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Re: how accurate is *measuring* with a tape ?

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Thanks for your reply thats sooo what i was thinking, actually i was thinking it must be some extra poundage LOL, im sure with this being number 6 my uterus is just given up LOL
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Re: how accurate is *measuring* with a tape ?

My nurse would measure me and then the dr would re-measure getting a 3cm difference. So I would say it isn't very accurate at all
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they always say it can measure 2cm ahead or behind, so your find, the positioning of the uterus is what determines how your fundal height turn up
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Re: how accurate is *measuring* with a tape ?

At my 39 week appt. my uterus was measuring at 33 weeks, I had an ultrasound and the doctor were all worried about DS's size, fluid level etc. Well he was born 6 days later at 8 lbs 2.5 oz and 21 inches long...so I don't think that it is very accurate!
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Old 08-15-2007, 02:26 PM   #8
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Re: how accurate is *measuring* with a tape ?

It doesn't mean much, its just docs way of making sure you are still growing.

At 20 weeks with all 4 of mine I measured 29cm or more.
I just hit my 33.5 wk appointment and measured 34 (and a month before that I measured 32 at 29wks) But because I was still "growing" doc wasn't worried.
however, with my first when I was 29cm at 20 weeks HE FLIPPED lol, sent me for an immediate U/S to make sure it was not twins (most common cause for measuring THAT large) and the second most common for being that much bigger than dates is too much fluid, however, neither was the case, its just the way my uterus grows when I am pregnant. ... Found out from the doc who is taking my gallbladder out though that because my hips are so narrow there isn't any room for the baby to be cradeled in them as a normal infant would be at 20 weeks so my uterus has to push upwards. (if that makes sense)
Hope that helps a little. doc would tell you if he/she was worried about the growth or lack of growth.
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thank you all for you replies , it sure does help to be on this board !!!!
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