Post # 1
I know a girl, “Lauren”, with whom I was friends in high-school who recently announced her third pregnancy. It reminded me of the way her second pregnancy went down, which still baffles me to this day.
When Lauren was 23, she had a one year-old daughter. In early June, she announced to friends and family that she was expecting again and was due December 15th. In late-July (like the 20th, lets say) Lauren posted that she’d received an ‘updated’ due-date from her doctor and that she was now due September 15th.
A few weeks later, around August 15th, Lauren gave birth to an 8lbs baby.
How can a doctor be off by 4 months? Her baby was by no means unnaturally small or even preemie-looking. And, I mean, this was her second pregnancy – how could have no idea whatsoever that she was at closer to 7 months than 3 months in June?
I’m genuinely confused – does this really happen? How is it possible?
Post # 2
anonybee0810: most doctors do a dating ultrasound around 8 weeks and those are most accurate. She must not have had this done.
Post # 3
Yes it happens, they go by the last menstrual cycle. There are some people that continue to have them during pregnancy and do not have other symptoms. The updates are from measuring the fetus.
I know my kids were both 10 lbs and both were 3 weeks early. My second son they swore was twins he grew so fast.
I had a friend that had no idea she was pregnant, still had her period and thought she was just gaining weight as she did have increased appetite.
Post # 4
Doctors initially estimate the due date from the first day of your last period. So if Lauren got that wrong, the doctor would have just gone along with that.
I am however baffled how Lauren herself could not notice a baby at 7 months – I felt movement from about 18-19 weeks onward. But it really does happen, that sometimes big women don’t know thet’re pregnant until very late in the pregnancy.
Post # 5
If she didn’t have regular periods (as you may not in the first year after childbirth, esp. if breastfeeding), it could be that she had no clue that she had conceived so thought she was a certain way along when she first realized/went to the doctor and then had an ultrasound that showed she was much more pregnant than she thought. It seems quite unreal, but it can happen.
Also, and maybe more likely….she just didn’t want to admit that she got pregnant so soon after her first baby and so kept it quiet.
And again, while very rare it could be possible to have an 8lb 36week baby….given that would likely project out to about a 10lb baby at the due date. Rare, but possible, especially if she had gestational diabetes or her first baby was a larger than average size.
Post # 6
aussiemum1248: But Lauren is TINY. I mean, she’s 7 months pregnant now and it’s very evident. TBH, I think you nailed it with her getting the first day of her last period wrong. That’s the only thing that makes sense to me.
Post # 7
Maybe she didn’t have any ultrasounds and had “periods” while pregnant/before she knew she was pregnant, so she thought her last period was much later than it actually was. All that really matters is she has a healthy baby.
Post # 8
<h5>The doctor may set the initial due date from the LMP, but he/she would soon have changed that when they did abdominal exams during the pregnancy. There is no way a doctor would have said that she was 3 months pregnant when she was 6, 5 months when she was 8, etc. That’s just too much difference in the fetal size.</h5>
The girl was adjusting her due dates for her own purposes.
Post # 9
anonybee0810: Um the doctor definitely could have been able to tell the difference during ultrasounds. certain body parts develop at certain times in pregnancy so no doctor in his right mind could mix up a baby by that many months. Sounds like she has some personal reasons for changing the dates.
Post # 10
As a sort of update, Lauren just gave birth to her third baby. On July 28th, the day I made this post, Lauren announced her third pregnancy and told friends/family that she was due the first week of September. Yesterday, she gave birth to a full-term-sized baby (7 pounds). I know very well that it’s none of my business, but the bewilderment continues.
Post # 11
anonybee0810: …so the doctor was off again? either she needs to find a more competent doctor or she needs to stop her lying!
Post # 12
Maybe she cooks babies quickly. I still don’t understand why anyone cares though. maybe she knows people are scrutinizing and judging her this much so chooses to lie In an attempt to avoid it. as long as her babies are healthy who cares when they’re born?!
Post # 13
Does this girl not have pre-natal medical consultations or ultrasounds? Only it is quite easy to be innacurate on dates if you are only calculating from the date of your last period. However, it is well nigh impossible to be so far from your EDD if you’ve had the usual series of scans. I can only assume she has her own reasons here though and provided her babies are healthy, it’s her business rather than ours.
Post # 14
My guess is she’s “adjusting” her dates for some reason (guy in the picture maybe?). Doctor’s don’t miscalculate due dates by months, unless she never had an ultrasound her entire pregnancy.
Post # 15
Westwood: That was my thought as well. Perhaps she got pregnant while her SO was out of town and so rigged up her dates to coinicide when he would be around to cover her tracks!? haha just speculation of course but being that far off twice..seem highly unlikely.