For months now, my due date has been set at May 7,
2008. Because of up and down blood pressure and edema,
my doctor had me scheduled for an induction on May 13.
Well I got up, made the trip to the hospital, and was
in bed with the nurse poised over my arm with the
needle just as the doc on staff came in and said that
he wasn't going to induce me because apparently my
doctor had messed up on my due dates.
According to doc #2 I'm not due until June 4. When I
called up my doc very upset he said sorry, that he
hadn't "inputted the correct numbers," and that my
"new" due date is May 24, and that doc #2 is right in
not inducing me.
Now, there's no way June 4 is correct, because my LMP
was August 2, 2007. I know that for a fact because my
husband and I were ttc for a a few months and were
keeping track. So how is it that doc #1 and doc #2
both suddenly came up with a new due date, and
different from each other?
Doc #1 says he's basing it off of my first u/s
measurements. Doc #2 says he's basing it off of second
"retry" measurements because I had complained the
first was inaccurate (though he had later bumped date
up to 7th because of fundal height and baby size).
Yet, through all these months we've been sticking to
May 7th due date, and all tests, fundal measurements,
subsequent u/s, blood work, and non-stress tests (for
the past 3 weeks) have all been "good," and apparently
matched my May 7 due date.
Why is it he can all of a sudden change it? My worry
is that they don't know what my due date is, and that
I will carry the baby longer than should be. There IS
a history of non-dilation in my family, where several
women needed to be induced or have c-sections because
either labor contractions weren't strong enough, or
that no matter how strong and how much pain they were
in they did not dilate.
The health of my baby is my only concern. Right now
he's healthy, and I just don't want something to
change that. Is there anything that I can do to help
things move along or argue my point? (Besides throwing
my doc out the fourth floor window?)
- Stick a Fork in Me (I'm Done)
Although your situation is extremely frustrating I do not recommend throwing your doctor out the 4th story window, doing so could really hurt your back at this late stage of pregnancy!
Ultrasound is a great tool but can cause quite a bit of confusion when it comes to a "due date". Being a midwife my belief is that the woman's body almost always has the right answer. I lean toward believing a date based on the first day of the last period, adjusted for cycle length.... even better if someone knows their day of ovulation and always encourage my clients to think of a "due month" from 37 to 42 weeks of pregnancy. May 7th is a reasonable date based on you LMP, early ultrasounds (prior to ten weeks gestation) are much more accurate than ultrasounds performed at a later stage of pregnancy, without knowing when yours were performed I can't guess what the Doctors you are working with are thinking. Hopefully you have had your baby by now (based on your original due date you would be 42 weeks and 1 day today, only 5 to 10% of pregnancies go this far "post term"). If not, I would suggest you take your concerns to your Doctor and ask for a careful explanation of why your dates are being changed. It would also be good to ask why you were being induced for "up and down blood pressure and swelling" if they now not concerned about your health being a risk.
Best of luck to you!
Licensed Midwife, Certified Professional Midwife
Firstlight Midwifery Care, PC
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