10.2  How to measure the fundal height

To feel the uterus, have the mother lie on her back with some support under her head and knees. Explain to her what you are going to do (and why) before you begin touching her abdomen. Your touch should be firm but gentle. Walk your fingers up the side of her abdomen (Figure 10.1) until you feel the top of her abdomen under the skin. It will feel like a hard ball. You can feel the top by curving your fingers gently into the abdomen.

Diagram showing hoe to feel for the top if the uterus
Figure 10.1  With the woman lying on her back, begin by finding the top of the uterus with your fingers. Then see how many months pregnant the woman is by comparing the number of fingers with Figure 10.2 (each line is about the width of two fingers).

10.1  What does measuring the height of the mother’s uterus tell us?

10.2.1  How to measure fundal height using the finger method