Need some Due Date Advice

posted 3 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 3
1343 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@Mars62312:  I don’t understand why they wouldn’t go with your date if your cycles are longer AND the ultrasound showed the baby being a week behind what they thought. That just doesn’t make sense to me. 

As far as telling people goes, I would go by the due date that they are giving me simply because it’s easier than explaining the whole thing if they ask. A lot of people don’t understand the LMP anyway and believe the LMP to be the date you conceived.

Post # 5
509 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

Same thing happened to me and I hated having to explain things when people asked my due date so I just stuck with doc’s date and stopped giving an explanation to avoid confusing myself & other. Most people probably didnt want or need that much detail anyways. But I was always confused and there is no need to add any confusion to pregnancy brain, lol

I would pick one and stick to it. Maybe since appts will be based on her date, it would be best to just use that?  Congrats & good luck!

Post # 6
3119 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

O that’s tough, especially so early in the pregnancy where every single day matters, let alone a week. I think I’d go with the doctor’s date, though, just for the sake of being consistent. 

Post # 8
7654 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2012

@Mars62312:  They changed my due date, which was only 2 days ahead of what it originally was since they go by the baby’s growth other than anything. My doctors said the same thing…if it is within a week they don’t change it. At any rate, I would actually use yours, but only because the longer I’d get to be pregnant the better, lol. If it were me I wouldn’t want 8/16 to come and people be like, “OMG, you’re still pregnant?!” because that will truly get annoying.

Otheriwse, if that isn’t a reason that matters to you then I would go by the doctor’s due date they set of 8/16.

Post # 9
614 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I’m planning to tell people a sort of range – like in your case, I’d tell people mid to late August. That way, you don’t get the “You’re still pregnant?!?!” comments like megz described

But yes, please do factor your more likely 8/21 date into the medical decisions!! If you get to 8/20 and your doc is like, “well, we should look at induction soon”, don’t hesitate to remind her that your 40-week mark is actually more likely to be around 8/21. Doctors do not always remember things!

Post # 10
3756 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

No one but you knows what the doctor’s due date is, so why not use the one that you KNOW is more accurate? If I were charting and knew when I ovulated, I would use my own date. Your ultrasound confirmed that your date is the correct one so I’d stick with that when counting how far along. I’d hate to be telling people that I was a week further along than I know I actually am. I hate that doctors don’t take charting seriously and only go by the “average” 28 day cycle LMP to calculate due date.

Post # 12
1871 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2012


I would go with your due date if that makes you feel more comfortable. My due date is 1/24 based on LMP and conception date… in the beginning I was measuring at a due date of 1/23 and now big boy is measuring two weeks ahead (he needs to come out!)

Anyway you do not have to induce if you dont want to and the doctor can check your placenta and the baby to make sure everything is still good and allow you to go later if that is what you want to do. Ultimately it is your choice. I would choose this time to talk to your doctor now though… they all have different ideas about induction and how late or early someone should give birth using medical intervention.

PS we have the same anniversary 🙂 Best day ever!


Post # 13
3677 posts
Sugar bee

I would insist on going with the later due date, actually. Not only is it more accurate to baby’s development, but when you get to the end, if baby wants to stay in the womb longer (like mine did) you will be grateful for the extra days and less pressure for induction. I did actually have to formally decline an induction (including signing the hospital’s “patient refuses treatment” forms where they say things like “you acknowledge that by refusing induction you accept the possibility of an increased risk of fetal demise,” etc. etc.,  – which, if your baby is actually a week behind what they’re sayng, is BS anyway, and it would be good to avoid putting yourself through that unnecessarily.

Post # 16
8818 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper

Same thing happened to me, but only a difference of 2 days.  They always go by LMP (and are stubborn about it). I had short cycles and I tracked everything, always had a short surge too, I knew exactly when she was conceived. So I’ve stuck by my own due date.

That being said, babies have their own schedule. Mine has measured 2 weeks ahead the last 10 weeks, but that doesn’t change the due date.

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