32 weeks pregnant: Wait, no, 32 weeks 4 days.

32 weeks pregnant: Wait, no, 32 weeks 4 days.

Yesterday I met my OB for the first time. I know what you’re thinking…it does seem kind of late in the game for me to be finally going to see an actual obstetrician, doesn’t it?  The fact is, I’ve been getting excellent care from my family doctor who, in the beginning of my pregnancy, said that she could provide my prenatal care up until the 28 week mark.  After that I’d be referred to an obstetrician.  That was just fine with me.  I love my family doctor, and her office is just a two minute drive from our house.  She’s going to be the baby’s doctor after he’s born, too.

I couldn’t get an appointment with my new doctor until the 32 week mark, so I kept on seeing my family doctor in the meantime, which really just amounted to one extra appointment at 30 weeks.  If she had been able to deliver the baby, I’d have kept seeing her throughout the entire pregnancy.

Yesterday when I met with Dr. OB, she asked me how many due dates I had been given.  I told her that cycle-wise, it was calculated at November 16.  Then with my first ultrasound, it was set for November 20.  She decided that we could go with November 16 as a due date from here on out, because of how close together the dates were.  That would mean that instead of being at 32 weeks today, I’m actually at 32 weeks, 4 days. She also reminded me that babies come when they’re ready, anyway, which I was glad to hear her say.  I don’t want to be pushed into an early induction that isn’t necessary.

This whole due date business is pretty fishy, if you ask me.  I mean, I’m fairly certain when the baby came into creation, after all, and that took place about a week later than it would for most women (I don’t operate on a regular 28-day cycle).  So really, I think that the baby might come a bit later than these medical professionals claim.  Something like only 2% of babies are actually born on their due date, anyway, right?  So I guess I’ll just have to wait patiently for him to come out, when he’s ready.  In the meantime, I’ll cheat and go along with this new date.  It’s like week 32 only has three days!

17 thoughts on “32 weeks pregnant: Wait, no, 32 weeks 4 days.

  1. I have the same thing – 2 different due dates, 6 days apart. I'm going with the later one, since my babies are typically a week late anyway. This way I probably can avoid having an induction if this next little on is a week or so late.

    Isn't it exciting?

  2. My experience is that they don't like to listen when you tell them you don't have a 28 day cycle. So it's good that we pay attention even if they don't!

  3. That's almost a whole week's difference! Honestly, I don't know why they bother.

    It is exciting, though! I'm just glad my last day of work is well ahead of both of my dates. I need some time to relax first!

  4. My cycle was very weird the month we conceived. It was a 31-day cycle, and I think we conceived on day 21. Bizarr-o! You're right, doctors don't like to admit that we women know more about our bodies than they do.

  5. I was given 3 due dates. One by my LMP, one based on my ovulation date (I had proof, I was charting) and one based on my first U/S). None of them were right and the baby came when they were ready (4 days earlier that the earliest date).

  6. Hm. I had a 25 day cycle (FUN!) and the Poptart came right on schedule. Well, I went into labour on my due date and she was born the next day.

    Personally, I think that due dates are anyone's best guess. 🙂 We have a general idea that its 40 weeks from the date of your last missed period, but that's about it.

  7. First I was told May 31st, then it was June 6th, back to May 31st, then June 9th, a maybe May 25, then back to June 6th. He came May 21st. Due date Schmu date I say.

  8. The boy came 10 days earlier than the date I'd been given on the basis of a 28 day cycle – we'll ignore the fact that mine's anywhere between 45 and 49 days. If the new baby does the same, it'll be born on 23/12 – the date from the scan (and the one the midwives are going on) is 17/01. Looks like I might have to be ready and waiting for a long time!

  9. My cycle is pretty dead-on perfect, but I'm still not expecting my kid to arrive on his due date. I've been told that statistically, first babies are usually late, so now when people ask my due date, I just tell them straight up that he's due January 6th, but we kind of expect him to be late. (Watch, he'll be early just to totally throw me off my game!)

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