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Measuring small? BRowell 3 kids; 2 angel babies; Bristol, TN, United States 3729 posts
4th Mar '14

I have been measuring just about right this whole pregnancy. Last week I measured at 36 and I was 35+5. Today I had another appointment and I'm 36+5 but was only measuring 34 1/2. The doctor looked confused and measured again and it was still the same so I asked if she was concerned and she said she'd check again next week and then we'd discuss it further. Has anyone ever had this happen? I also lost a pound this week and my eating habits haven't changed. I'm just a little nervous about the baby's growth I guess. 

ıllı ⓣⓗⓔ ⓖⓡⓘⓝⓒⓗ ıllı 2 kids; Azeroth, .., United States Minor Outlying Islands 12131 posts
4th Mar '14

Might be your fluid levels. I wouldnt worry much yet. Too many variables with the belly tape measurement. Body weight can fluctuate 1 to 2 pounds a day anyway. I wouldnt be surprised if she sent you in to have fluid checked using an ultrasound soon. As for size of baby, ultrasound can be as much as 2 pounds off either way. 

Mrs Redin 1 child; Bath, ME, United States 921 posts
4th Mar '14

Quoting LittleTiger:
Might be your fluid levels. I wouldnt worry much yet. Too many variables with the belly tape measurement. Body weight can fluctuate 1 to 2 pounds a day anyway. I wouldnt be surprised if she sent you in to have fluid checked using an ultrasound soon. As for size of baby, ultrasound can be as much as 2 pounds off either way. 


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I was measuring ahead, so they had me get an ultrasound, but it was nothing. Nothing wrong, nothing odd, so we are just going along with it. 

lvaughn5 Due August 4; 1 child; Dalzell, SC, United States 654 posts
4th Mar '14

The baby might have dropped.

BRowell 3 kids; 2 angel babies; Bristol, TN, United States 3729 posts
4th Mar '14

Quoting LittleTiger:
Might be your fluid levels. I wouldnt worry much yet. Too many variables with the belly tape measurement. Body weight can fluctuate 1 to 2 pounds a day anyway. I wouldnt be surprised if she sent you in to have fluid checked using an ultrasound soon. As for size of baby, ultrasound can be as much as 2 pounds off either way. 


She did ask if I had any different discharge? I didn't put two and two together that she may have wondered about my fluid levels. I did have a small leak with DD at the end and had to be induced because of it. This time though I haven't had a change in fluid besides losing pieces of my mucus plug. 

BRowell 3 kids; 2 angel babies; Bristol, TN, United States 3729 posts
4th Mar '14

Quoting lvaughn5:
The baby might have dropped.


It actually has dropped. She didn't say that would make me measure smaller though. 


Thanks for the rays ladies! 

Lydiearr 2 kids; Brisbane, Australia 3124 posts
4th Mar '14

I had the exact same thing happen to me a few weeks ago. At my 34 week check up I measured 32cm, then at my 36 check up I still was measuring at 32cm. My midwife decided to take me for a growth scan as she was concerned, and baby was measuring perfect! At my 38 week check up a couple of weeks ago, I was measuring at 38cm. So I'm back on track on 'measurements' with my belly!

I wouldn't be too worried, apparently it happens a lot with people! Hopefully all is well and your baby & belly is just about to go through another growth spurt! Mid Happy

BRowell 3 kids; 2 angel babies; Bristol, TN, United States 3729 posts
4th Mar '14

Quoting BRowell:

It actually has dropped. She didn't say that would make me measure smaller though. 


Thanks for the replys ladies! 



BRowell 3 kids; 2 angel babies; Bristol, TN, United States 3729 posts
4th Mar '14

Quoting Lydiearr:
I had the exact same thing happen to me a few weeks ago. At my 34 week check up I measured 32cm, then at my 36 check up I still was measuring at 32cm. My midwife decided to take me for a growth scan as she was concerned, and baby was measuring perfect! At my 38 week check up a couple of weeks ago, I was measuring at 38cm. So I'm back on track on 'measurements' with my belly!

I wouldn't be too worried, apparently it happens a lot with people! Hopefully all is well and your baby & belly is just about to go through another growth spurt! Mid Happy


Thanks! :)