Why Would I Measure Farther Along?

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QUESTION

Dear Midwife,
Everything I have read states that around 16-17 weeks I should be able to feel my uterus just below my belly button. However, at my last appointment, my OB stated that my uterus was already at my belly button and I am suppose to only be 13 weeks. Does this mean that I am further along or my body is just different from the norm?

My due date is 09/12.

Thank you.

ANSWER

There are lots of possibilities--the most common being wrong dates. But some women just carry very high, are overweight, or have a fibroid, and occasionally twins over expand this early. Often an ultrasound can sort it out.

-- Cynthia, CNM

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