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Old 03-05-2002, 12:36 PM   #1
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Measuring Large

Hi all. I just had my appointment today and I am measuring at what my midwife said would be 19 or 20 weeks. But I am only 14 weeks, because I know when we conceived and the early ultrasound confirmed it. I am wondering has anyone heard of twins being missed during an early (7.5 weeks) ultrasound? I really don't think I am carrying twins, but I don't understand why I would be so much bigger. When she found the heartbeat it was instantly and so she didn't roll all over my belly, so I'm thinking there could be another one in there that we didn't even try to find. She told me that some people just measure big, but not usually. I am not overweight, and in fact I lost a pound since last appt. Anyone know any other reasons for measuring bigger than should be? I know we are all made differently, and I have had a baby already which enlarges your uterus a little. But 5 to 6 weeks seems like a big difference to me. She felt all over for a while too. It wasn't just a quick exam. Anyway, I pray I am NOT carrying twins. The measurement was 17.5 on the tapemeasurer. Thanks for any replies.


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Old 03-05-2002, 01:23 PM   #2
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Re: Measuring Large

Hi Molly,
I think there's a very rare chance that they missed twins in the first ultrasound and that it's more likely you're just measuring large. Your uterus is quite small still during the 7th week and I was told it would be nearly impossible to miss another embryo in there at that stage. I am in almost the same situation as you. I got an initial ultrasound at 7 weeks due to previous miscarriages (they wanted to verify the viability). They put me at 7 weeks 1 day. I started measuring rather large around the 3rd month and was sent in for another ultrasound. They measured and "weighed" the baby and the ultrasound tech put him at 19 weeks when we were only at 15. This pattern has continued and every time I see the doctor they swear I'm further along than I am, by about a month. It has nothing to do with our weight gain, so don't worry that you're over-gaining. I'm continuously underweight and just entered my 6th month with only a 6 lb. weigh gain. My little boy is just big and that's probably what's going on with you also. When you go in for your 20 week ultrasound they'll probably scare you into thinking that you're further along than you are and that you better get to the baby store for a crib, etc. soon because ohmygosh you're about to deliver! lol But I've been told over and over that a 7 week ultrasound takes precidence over everything including later ultrasounds and fundus height measurements. So I wouldn't worry too much about another little one in there. Your baby is probably just big and healthy. <IMG SRC="http://www.healthboards.com/ubb/smile.gif"> Oh happy day! Keep us posted! <IMG SRC="http://www.healthboards.com/ubb/smile.gif">

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Old 03-05-2002, 06:45 PM   #3
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Thanks for your reply. I know it's not the weight because I actually lost a pound from last appt. I know the first ultrasound was correct because I was using those ovulation test sticks and we conceived then. I have heard that twins can be missed early, but it's very uncommon. My midwife said that if I'm still measuring large in a month that I'll get another ultrasound, otherwise I won't get one unless I pay out of pocket. Luckily there's a place that does them for 75 bucks (just for determining sex). I have read that the fundus is at the umbilicus (or around the height of the bellybutton) at 20 weeks, and that is definately where I am, but how do they know where the bottom of the uterus is? I'm thinking mine might start up higher. All through my last pregnancy everyone said I carried really high. Maybe the position of our uterus has something to do with it. Who knows. I'm just not going to worry. We'll wait and see.

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Old 03-05-2002, 06:56 PM   #4
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Hi Molly <IMG SRC="http://www.healthboards.com/ubb/smile.gif">

I went through the *exact* same thing you are right now. I had my 14 week appointment back in January and the doctor swore I had to be off on my dates because I was measuring so high. I told him "No" that I was positive on the notes because my husband and I were trying to conceive so I had everything recorded. When he checked for the heartbeat we heard it immediately so he mentioned the possibility I could be having twins. During my second appointment at 18 weeks I was still measuring high - 22 or 23 weeks. I asked again whether it could be twins and he said "It could be - although measuring large for dates is quite common." I had my first ultrasound on March 1st and found out that I'm indeed only carrying 1 little angel. <IMG SRC="http://www.healthboards.com/ubb/smile.gif"> So I guess it can happen.

Good luck! I hope you find out your answers soon. I know it drove me near crazy waiting a month to find out whether I was carrying twins or not. I pretty much knew I was only having one though. <IMG SRC="http://www.healthboards.com/ubb/smile.gif">

Keep us posted. <IMG SRC="http://www.healthboards.com/ubb/smile.gif">

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Old 03-06-2002, 01:26 AM   #5
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My stepmom maesured large the whole preg. She was just having a big baby. They took her for an u/s at 7 months and the baby was so big they decided to take him a month early. I, knowing my dad, figured they had sex before being married and were trying to hide it. But when my brother was born he was 8 lbs 6 oz and 27 days early he was covered with so much dark hair he looked like a monkey!! So maybe(I hate to say this) you are just having a large baby. I know my stepmom and her doc thought she might be having twins..nope just a big baby. The other thing is..she went in for her c-section and was in labor when she was hooked up to the machine. It was her 3rd child. They told her b/c she had always had big babies is why this one was big and he was heavy enough to cause early contractions. Hey I think she was lucky..she only had 8 months of preg. I call that a blessing!!

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Old 03-06-2002, 11:25 AM   #6
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I really don't want to sound mean, but I would never call that a blessing to take a baby out early. There's a reason why they need to be in there for the duration of the pregnancy. And I know many people are going to say it's just a big baby, but my first child was only 7lb 6oz. My husband was only 6lbs something and I was 6lbs. I'm not too worried about having a huge baby. The time you have to be extra careful is the last couple months of pregnancy when the baby can put on a lot of extra weight if women don't eat right. When I was pregnant with my daughter, at my first appointment after we found out I was pregnant, the doctor said I was about 12 weeks. Turns out I was only 7.5. And another time I measured larger than typically, but they were off by two weeks. I think it's just the way I carry. I carried high with my daughter right up until the very end when she dropped. We'll find out won't we? Also, after I thought about it, I would think that if I was carrying twins, I would have been bigger from the beginning, which I wasn't. I have a feeling it will all even out in a few weeks. Hopefully! Thanks for your replies.

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Old 03-06-2002, 11:29 AM   #7
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Re: Measuring Large

I know of two women who recently(like w/in my pg period) found out late in the pg that they are having twins, like at 22 weeks along. So it is possible to have missed it in the beginning, but not probable. KWIM?

 
Old 03-07-2002, 02:28 AM   #8
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I'm sorry if you were mad at my post Molly..I didn't mean to get you riled up. My stepmom was in LABOR when they started the c-section and her water broke 30 min. before they started. I think her baby was going to be born on that day no matter what. Her doc made a calls that maybe for her..and for health reasons...were best. I was kidding about the blessing part. I know how badly many women want to have that baby in their last month and my stepmom got to miss all that. I am truely sorry to have ruffled your feathers..I was just telling you what happened. Since you go to a midwife I'm sure she wouldn't take the baby early anyway. Once again..I am sorry and didn't expect to get my head served to me for dinner.

 
Old 03-07-2002, 12:50 PM   #9
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Purrbaby, just because I didn't think it was a blessing doesn't mean I'm mad. And if she was already in labor she probably would have had the baby soon anyway. When someone posts something that's disagreeable to you, don't think they are mad at you. Sorry if I came off uptight. This baby could be big, who knows. The thing is is that I'm barely showing when I stand up. But when I lay down, it is obvious and sticks out, but it's up pretty high. I think it's just the way I'm made. My friend yesterday said that she's heard of women having two uteruses!! And wouldn't there be two cervixes? I'm not worried about that, it's supposedly super rare, but I thought it was weird. Wouldn't they be able to see that through an ultrasound anyway? I'm just going to assume that this large uterus I have is really more of the position that it's in. It does tip forward, which might be making it seem bigger than it really is. April 3rd is my next appt. I won't worry til then.

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Old 03-08-2002, 06:48 PM   #10
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Your uterus tips forward?? That must be nice when it comes time for an u/s. Mine tilts back..which does make my tummy appear smaller..but I have to drink 10 more gallons of water than other women. Plus, with my son it never started to tilt forward and my doc manually(read PAINFULLY) tilted it for me. Needless to say I could have lived without that.

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Old 03-08-2002, 09:48 PM   #11
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When I had my ultrasound a few weeks ago I had to drink a ton of water. I have NEVER been so uncomfortable! I was freezing and also had to go #2. I was almost in tears and I asked if I could go and she said before the vaginal part or the ultrasound I could. What a releif!! But when I had the ultrasound at 14 weeks with my daughter who's now 3 1/2, she told me I could empty my bladder before we even started. I was amazed because I was always told they needed the bladder full, but I guess not in all cases.

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Old 03-09-2002, 12:42 AM   #12
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What I hate is drinking all that water and then all you can think about is having to tinkle and you really can't enjoy seeing your baby. At least when you get further along you have enough fluid in there you don't need a full bladder and you can enjoy the show. That is nice then b/c they do all sorts of cute stuff when they move around and everything.

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