I don't know what size you were before being pregnant but I am measuring 2/3 weeks over fairly consistently and my midwife has said that's it's just because I have 'a bit of a fat on my belly'. Which is true. Also he maintain that the measurements are pretty crap anyway as they are pretty subjective to the person measuring-they can vary so much so easily, there are times when mine will do 2/3 until she's happy. even though im 'measuring big' everyone has said that I don't look anywhere near ready to pop (due in 4 days) so I'm not bothered at all. I wouldn't read too much into it, if there was any reason to be concerned I'm sure your midwife will take appropriate measures (growth scans etc).
I think the tape measure method is totally inaccurate to be honest. I've been measuring exactly right with it, then they've done a growth scan last week because of a problem, and they think baby is small. However, consultant has said even with scan, it's not definate. The only way to know the weight is to actually weigh the baby!
It does recommend in the notes that the tape measurements are done every 2 weeks by the same person. Well, I had only 3 measurements up until 33 weeks, all by different people and it seems it wasn't accurate at all according to scan & consultant.
Take it with a pinch of salt. As long as baby is growing and there are no problems picked up elsewhere, then I wouldn't worry.
The tape measure test is a load of rubbish. It had DD as weighing over 8lbs at 38 weeks. She was born 3 weeks later weighing just over 7lb. Pah!
However, if you are VERY sure of your dates, it might be worth making a fuss later as you don't want to go too much over your EDD. ie; if you go 2 weeks over MW date, that's 42 weeks but if you're really 2 weeks ahead then that's 44 weeks IYKWIM. Might be worth making sure your MW does send you for the growth scan.
Thanks ladies, I have the midwife on wed and will air my concerns then.
Im just getting a bit stressed as they plan to induce me at 37wks to avoid previous complications with pre-eclampsia, im afraid that if they miss the 37wk mark as they think I am only 35wks then im going to end up in the same position as my previous births......blood pressure through the roof, dizzy, protein in urine, quick dramatic labours followed by sever bleeding, transfusions and months of meds.
Had the EXACT same issue - my bump is currently measuring anywhere between 45cm and 50cm!! And I'm only 39 weeks! Been sent for two seperate consultancies, a growth scan, and I have another appointment with a consultant this Wednesday. Baby was apparently 7lb 6oz at 36 weeks, so lets just see how big he actually turns out to be!