Shifting Due Dates
So. I had an appointment yesterday with my OB. Much to my surprise, he moved up my due date, to October 11 from October 24. Looking at the calendar, and knowing how many days gestation takes, I know that I couldn’t have conceived on that particular date. However, the ultrasound I had a few weeks ago showed that I was farther along than I had previously supposed. Hm. Ultrasounds in the first trimester show less variance in baby-size and development than do ultrasounds from babies that are further along, and for the date I had mine, there’s a variance of only have a +/- 7 days. So, any date that shows up according to the u/s, if it’s greater than 7 days difference from the original EDD, becomes the new EDD.
This is my fifth baby, and I’ve never had that happen before.
I’m not worried about potentially delivering two weeks earlier than expected; it’s just that it seems to send the whole thing into limbo.
My husband was skeptical. He said, “In other words, the baby will still come when the baby is ready. Watch. You’ll deliver on October 20 and they’ll say, ‘Oh, you’re 9 days late!’ but according to the original date, you’ll be four days early. Who’s to say? The baby comes when the baby is ready.”
Well, yes. And I have had babies anywhere from 11 days “early” to 9 days “late,” and I do know that they’re born when the time is right.
Still, it’s nice to have a semi-solid date to look forward to, and now I don’t feel like I have that.
AND, since I’m anti-inducement, I do have some anxiety about resisting pressure to induce if, say, October 24 rolls around, and I still haven’t delivered.
Due to my “advanced maternal age” 😆 I do get the high-level ultrasound in a couple of weeks (the 3D/4D one!) and my doc said that we’ll see if the new u/s confirms the date from the first u/s. So, maybe all my anxiety is for nothing…