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Lots-o-Tots's picture
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Fundus

I was lying on my back in bed last night and was shocked to discover that I could feel my fundus about an inch above my pubic bone. I'm not exactly sure how far along I am because i wasn't keeping track of anything, but I'm guessing about 6 weeks. I haven't gained any weight yet, which also tells me I can't be much farther along than my estimate of 6 weeks. That seems very early to be able to feel my fundus. I asked my mw and she said it's not uncommon in women who have had a few children. Anyone else experienced this?

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At six weeks, I would think the baby & its sac aren't yet large enough yet to fill up the uterus, especially after multiple pregnancies. When I had my CVS test done with Weston, they said that usually happens around 8 weeks for FTMs and around 9-10 weeks for second-time or more moms. That's one of the reasons for the precise timing of the CVS test.

If your bladder was full, that could be pushing your uterus up. That's one of the reasons why you need a full bladder for early ultrasounds.

Or... you could be having twins. *runs away*

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At 8 weeks with my last pregnancy my fundus was above my pubic bone (at my midwife appointment, I'm awful about finding exactly where it is myself unless I'm contracting Lol ) She said the same thing, though I still think I was 2 weeks further along the entire pregnancy. At 14 weeks with my third my fundus was at my belly button, they worried about twins but did an ultrasound the same day that confirmed just one baby. I think after a few babies your uterus just knows what to do Wink

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"Spacers" wrote:

At six weeks, I would think the baby & its sac aren't yet large enough yet to fill up the uterus, especially after multiple pregnancies. When I had my CVS test done with Weston, they said that usually happens around 8 weeks for FTMs and around 9-10 weeks for second-time or more moms. That's one of the reasons for the precise timing of the CVS test.

If your bladder was full, that could be pushing your uterus up. That's one of the reasons why you need a full bladder for early ultrasounds.

Or... you could be having twins. *runs away*

Hush your mouth! Everyone is teasing me about this possibility, I guess because of my age and the fact that I already had a set of spontaneous twins. That would seriously put me over the edge.

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I met a woman recently who had two sets of twins one right after the other...and close, too, like 18 months apart, I think...she said when she found out it was twins again, she cried...

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"mandi04" wrote:

At 14 weeks with my third my fundus was at my belly button, they worried about twins but did an ultrasound the same day that confirmed just one baby. I think after a few babies your uterus just knows what to do Wink

This is where I am at with my 3rd pregnancy. At 14 weeks my fundus was just under my belly button by maybe an inch. There was only 1 LO on the ultrasound they did that day. I don't remember exactly when it started up out of my pelvis but it was early on. Oddly though I'm not really showing with this LO. It seems like everything is growing up much faster than out.

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Lol Spacers... I like your "runs away" comment! At my last U/S appt they were 45 minutes late in taking me back because the woman before me, turns out she's having twins and she laid on the table screaming and crying!! When the tech told me about it during my appt I asked her if the woman had any other kids (because it would make sense to be upset if you already had like 5 or 6 kids lol) but she said this was the woman's first pregnancy! I couldn't believe what a baby she was being (and a little ungrateful to me... what a blessing to get twins IMHO on your first time around)! Anyway, your comment just reminded me of that lol!

To the OP, I can't say that I've ever felt it that early in any of my pregnancies (and I'm on my fourth). I think the earliest that I could feel it was around 12 weeks.

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"Starryblue702" wrote:

Lol Spacers... I like your "runs away" comment! At my last U/S appt they were 45 minutes late in taking me back because the woman before me, turns out she's having twins and she laid on the table screaming and crying!! When the tech told me about it during my appt I asked her if the woman had any other kids (because it would make sense to be upset if you already had like 5 or 6 kids lol) but she said this was the woman's first pregnancy! I couldn't believe what a baby she was being (and a little ungrateful to me... what a blessing to get twins IMHO on your first time around)! Anyway, your comment just reminded me of that lol!

To the OP, I can't say that I've ever felt it that early in any of my pregnancies (and I'm on my fourth). I think the earliest that I could feel it was around 12 weeks.

I cried the first time I found out I was carrying twins. I had two kids already, but I don't think that had anything to do with it. It was a complete shock, and suddenly all my dreams of a home birth went out the window and all I could think of was the likelihood that I would end up with a c-section (and in fact, my husband and I did have to spend the majority of the time I was in labor fighting with the doctors not to do a c-section). Be careful before you judge another woman's response - you have no idea what her circumstances are or what's going through her head.

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Hi, Lisa. I think I'm due about the same time as you....but "only" #5 for me. I can totally feel my fundus above my public bone. It is most prominent first thing in the morning when I have yet to pee....so I know my bladder is pushing it up. But I can also feel it after the big O....:wink: I do think our uteri just know what to do after a few kidlets.

And I would totally cry if I found out I was carrying twins.....I would worry about their health, my health, my sanity, nursing two, birthing two, I couldn't have homebirth--lots of things...I can easily imagine that being completely overwhelming.

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I will say that I only 'measured' (they didn't really measure at that point, just felt for my fundus) ahead until somewhere around the 20 week mark, measured right on plus or minus a week or two the rest of the time.
I was excited when we thought #3 might be twins BUT I did feel a little sick to my stomach thinking about it too Wink Then again I always wanted 4 so it's not like it would have been a huge deal.

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