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!