How is Fundal height measured after delivery?
Also asked, why do you assess Fundal height postpartum?
It is a measurement taken in centimeters. If the patient is 28 weeks we would expect her to measure 28 cm from the symphysis to fundus. In the postpartum period we need to make sure she has recently voided or that her bladder is empty. This is to prevent the bladder from pushing the uterus up and out of place.
Likewise, how do you palpate fundus after delivery?
Gently palpate the abdomen with the left hand to determine the height of the fundus of the uterus:
- If the fundus is palpable just above the symphysis pubis, the gestational age is probably 12 weeks.
- If the fundus reaches halfway between the symphysis and the umbilicus, the gestational age is probably 16 weeks.
For example, if you're 27 weeks pregnant, your health care provider would expect your fundal height to be about 27 centimeters. A fundal height measurement might be less accurate, however, if you: Are obese. Have a history of fibroids.