How to measure the height of uterine fundus
uterine growth is an important indicator of the proper course of pregnancy. Make sure that it is growing at a normal pace, you can either ultrasound or manually. Up to 12 weeks pregnant uterus is small, and to determine its size can only be a gynecological examination and ultrasound. By the end of the first trimester, the uterus comes out of the womb, and it can be felt through the abdominal wall. Usually, the doctor makes measurements at each visit, but if a pregnant woman has doubts about the accuracy of its measurements, it is possible to hold their own.
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Instruction how to measure the height of uterine fundus
Empty the bladder. This is necessary to accurately measure the height of standing uterus.
Lie down on the bed, straighten legs.
Determine the location where the uterus ends. To do this, place your hands on the middle line of the abdomen near the pubic bone. Gradually work your way up with your fingers, trying to find a place where the denser part of the abdomen becomes soft. This will be the bottom of the uterus.
Take a measuring tape and measure the resulting distance. The normal height of the uterus corresponds to obstetric deadline in weeks plus or minus 2 centimeters. It was only towards the end of pregnancy, a couple of weeks before the birth, the baby descends into the pelvis, and the height of the uterus is below a few centimeters.
Too much disparity measurements and midwifery term or may indicate that the duration of pregnancy is not installed correctly or about possible problems, such as fetal growth retardation, oligohydramnios / polyhydramnios, etc. It is recommended to monitor the dynamics of the growth of the uterus and for our conscience to do ultrasound to make sure that the child is developing normally.