Fundal height

Is baby growth adequate for gestational date?

Measurement of the fundal height let us know how the baby growth is progressing. This helpful tool let us detect if baby is growing too small or to large for the presumed gestational age by dates.

The distance from the pubic Symphysis to the fundus of the uterus.

Fundal height assessment

Begin around 18 weeks pregnant.

It is measured from the upper edge of the pubic bone (symphysis pubis) to the top of the uterus (the fundus of the uterus).

Fundal height usually increases about 1 cm per week.

Gestational age correlates with the height of the fundus of the uterus.

At 40 weeks of gestation is typically less than the fundal height at 36 weeks due to engagement and descent of the fetal head

It is estimated by cm from upper border of the fundus of the uterus to the pubis symphysis bone by tape measure.

Tape measure to measure uterine height during pregnancy.

This is used to support prenatal care providers of health centers and hospitals of the first and second level of reference, the correct control of pregnancy.

A study by Engstrom, McFarlin, and Sittler indicates the possible improved reliability of fundal height measurement obtained with calipers over those obtained with a tape measure.

By measuring fundal height it allows to control the fetal growth and to remember the patterns of surveillance of the maternal and fetal health and the follow-up of the restriction of the fetal growth during the pregnancy.

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