Measuring a baby's growth in pregnancy

I am often asked by women how I am able to tell a baby's growth during pregnancy without doing an ultrasound. Sometimes an ultrasound can be helpful if a doctor or midwife has concerns about a baby's growth, but in most cases, a midwife or doctor is experienced in feeling and measuring the baby to gauge growth.

Midwives and doctors measure the growth of a baby using a tape measure.  They measure from the top of your uterus to the top of your pubic bone, and this measurement should be within 2cm of the number of weeks pregnant that you are.