Friday, 19 October 2012
So yesterday was officially my due date. I have really tried hard not to put too much into it, as I hear a lot of first timers go over. But I wish I wasn't prego any longer. It got me thinking some. The due dates are usually based on the first day of your last menstrual cycle. But what if you don't have an average cycle? What if you are normal, but not average?
My cycle lasts an average of 35 days, not 28. And my period lasts an average of 8-9 days, not 7. My last period was 10 days long. It is frustrating that the one month I didn't keep track of the times hubby and I were together was the time I got pregnant. So I can't tell you exactly when I ovulated. But I probably ovulated a little later than 14 days after the beginning of my last period. I have heard of adjusted due dates depending on your period length. That they usually add one day for every day longer your cycle is. I remember and wrote down when I started to get cramps, thinking that I should keep better track. I got a lot of cramping around February 16th. I don't think I ovulated till closer to the 27th of January. A full week later than predicted, according to LMP based on a 28 day cycle.
For a while, Hubby and I did natural family planning (before we slacked off and I got pregnant). Generally, I ovulated about a week before my next period would start. So I wonder if we put way too much into due dates. If your cycle is not average, then you probably don't ovulate when the average woman does.
When I was 22 weeks according to last menstrual period, and I finally got in to see a doctor for an ultrasound, the tech said that the baby looked about a week behind age wise. But knowing that ultrasounds past the first trimester are not very accurate, I just tucked away the information to ponder later.
Now I wonder more if a lot of women are having inductions for overdue pregnancies when in reality, their due dates are wrong. Women are all so different from one another. Average isn't necessarily the only normal. They are ranges that have been mushed together and split apart.
If in fact I am correct that the baby is actually younger than we think, and I went to 42 weeks and doctors wanted to induce me, and the baby wasn't really overdue, then he might not be ready to come out at that point.
I'm just pondering things. My midwife told me that the baby looks like he will be on the small side. So that is another reason I wonder.
And unless there is medical reason for it, even if I really want to be unpregnant, I'm not getting induced. Not that anyone has suggested it to me at this point anyway.
Yep... life continues on.
What do you think about Due Dates?