Decreased Fundal Height At 33-34 Weeks Of Gestation?
I want to ask, I am currently 33-34 weeks pregnant but the fundus is still 16 cm, is that normal or what is it, doctor? 2 weeks before I checked my fundus was 18cm but 2 weeks I checked how come it went down huh? Can the fundus change?
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Fundal height measurement can indeed be used as a technique for monitoring fetal development in the womb. However, along with the development of technology, this technique has begun to be abandoned because of the potential for considerable errors. Fundal height measurement is considered to have many weaknesses, for example in mothers who are obese, have a mass in the abdomen (for example due to myoma), contain more than 1 fetus, or mothers who have problems with their pregnancy (for example, amniotic fluid disorders, abnormal fetal position, the size of the fetus is too large, too small), and so on.
At 33 to 34 weeks of age, the normal fundal height is about 2 fingers below the bulge below the breastbone (procesus xyphoideus). Fundal height lower than gestational age can occur due to many factors, for example, fundal height measurement errors, incorrect determination of gestational age, small fetal size, oligohydramnios, transverse fetal position, and so on. It could also be, the fundal height appears to decrease compared to the previous measurement results due to the position of the fetus that has entered the pelvic entrance.
However, as explained above, the results of the fundal height examination alone cannot be used as a reference for monitoring the health of the fetus in the womb. Therefore, you need to consult this directly with your gynecologist. The doctor needs to do an ultrasound examination to get a more accurate picture of the condition of your uterus. Thus, if an abnormality is found, treatment can be carried out appropriately according to the underlying disorder.
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