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Bump and Baby Growth – Introducing The Fundal height Tool

BUMP SIZE AND BABY GROWTH

Welcome to the most common topic in every preggo’s life! THE SIZE OF YOUR BUMP 😭😭😭.
Yes, something that in other circumstances nobody would ever dare to talk about is the size of your tummy, once you are pregnant, it seems mandatory! 🤷🏻‍♀️
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These kind of comments… you look huge! 🙄, are you expecting twins? 😫 or on the other hand, wow you are so tiny! 😭😭, can be really annoying and also the source of worries for you.

You may think that your baby is going to be huge or he is not growing enough, but the truth is that the size of your bump doesn’t always represent the size of your baby 🤗.

Your bump at some point is definitely getting bigger.

How can we assess whether your baby is growing ok without the need of an ultrasound?

Thanks to the Fundal Height or McDonald’s rule there is a way to try and estimate this.

👉🏻 Fundal height is a tool for gauging fetal growth — it’s not an exact science! 👉🏻 The aim is to check if the baby is growing normally, from 24 weeks of gestation.

‼️ The SFH measurement in centimetres should correspond to the number of weeks of gestation, with an allowance of a 2-cm difference either way.

👉🏻 The measure is from the top of the fundus (uterus) to the top of the symphysis pubis (bone).

⭐️ The measurement should be plotted on customised growth charts adjusted for maternal height, weight in early pregnancy, parity and ethnic origin.

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👉🏻 A fetal growth scan should be offered if the first fundal height measurement is below the 10th centile on the customised chart or serial measurements have shown a slowing of growth.

Image source: @bumptobabyacademy on Instagram 

⁉️  When your bump started to be quite obvious? 🤰🏻🤰🏽🤰🏼
⁉️  Did someone already commented about your bump size?

Let us know in our comments below.

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heavensentsleep
heavensentsleep
25 days ago

Yep! I remember those bump changes

kimwilhelmiinahillberg
kimwilhelmiinahillberg
25 days ago

I am in the end of The 1st trimester and I have had a bump since like in the middel of the 1st trimester, i love it that i got a bump so early but i hate Peoples comments when they say i look so big and asking me if i am having twins, someone even told me that is has to be something wrong with my baby because i am showing already. Rude ass People

artyrex_band
artyrex_band
25 days ago

Can anyone recommend any accounts for single parent support? All the ones I’ve found so far seem to be more about loving wine or hating your ex than they are about parenting. I would be super, super, super grateful for any suggestions! 💖💖💖

xx.midnightflower.xx
xx.midnightflower.xx
25 days ago

I wasnt showing until the start of the 3rd

mom.to.be.sisterhood
mom.to.be.sisterhood
25 days ago

😂😂😂😂 love it! It’s so true❤️

keepingupwith_kiyaaa
keepingupwith_kiyaaa
25 days ago

i’m 26 weeks today and my bump is growing and glowing , i love when people say i’m bout to pop 🤣🤣 idk why

dmedip
dmedip
25 days ago

How do you assess baby is growing ok without ultrasound in the beginning of second trimester

kaylan_loves_you
kaylan_loves_you
25 days ago

My in law family (females with children) are Mexican women who have had only large pregnancies and I’m the only white person to ever be in the family. I’m at 29 weeks with barely a bump. I hear about how small I am and that they’re worried about my weight.

valerie_winko
valerie_winko
25 days ago

🤣

hoku.alohaa
hoku.alohaa
25 days ago

24 weeks and not much of a bump 🤔

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