Post # 1
We finally got to see our little ones heartbeat and a picture of the baby, very neat.
But they were a bit frazzled at the office when we went in today since one of their machines was down so the whole thing was a bit rushed. They had me that I should be at 9-1/2 weeks but I didn’t think I was that far along since I have a bit longer than normal cycle but when they measured the crown-rump, she said only 7 weeks and 5 days. That means I saw my first very faint positive at 7 days after conception, which doesn’t seem right.
We also saw distinct little toes on the first angle of the ultrasound but then on the next angle they were in the shadow and when she did the measurement she said it would be too early to see distinct little toes, so now I’m just confused. I’m not sure what else 10 little dots would be where feet would be. I also had a very full bladder since they had told me to drink a massive amount of water and then they said oh, whoops. At first she didn’t think she could do the ultrasound until my bladder was smaller but I guess because she was pressed for time she made it work.
So now I’m just confused. I really can’t see how my pregnancy tests or cycle would line up with being less than 8-1/2 weeks. Did anyone else have early dating be a bit off?
Post # 3
We were a week ahead of where I thought. That explains me getting a super strong positive test 3 days before my missed period.
Babies grow at different rates. I read, via babycenter, that toes usually grow between 8-9 weeks. That supports your date, assuming what you saw were in fact toes. It sounds like she was in a rush and not doing a thorough job on the ultrasound. The baby needs to be in a good position to get measurements, and if the tech is off a little bit, there can be a big difference, which is why they are supposed to get a min of three readings, more if one or two are off from the others.
I would stick with your dates and check with you dr next time.
Post # 4
It’s an inexact science. I have a friend who is due in the next few weeks and they have constantly adjusted her due date! Babies grow at different rates, doctors work with what is “average”. Next time you go in ask them to slow it down and really talk to you about where you are at in your pregnancy. Congrats!
Post # 5
Keep in mind the machines are calibrated to a certain size baby. The ultrasound machine one of my drs uses is calibrated for a 7lb 4oz baby and I usually measure ahead of what my actual date is because genetically speaking, I may have a baby bigger than that, which is out of my control. I’ve measured ahead since 7 weeks, when they took the first crown to rump measurement.
Because your tech was rushed, just wait for your next one before you get worried about dating how far along you are. If you going to worry no matter what, call your practice and ask the questions you’ve posed here. They are valid questions, particularly for a first time pregnancy in my opinion.
Post # 6
Thanks for the info. I’m not too worried, it might be a blessing to have a later due date so there isn’t a push to induce. Both me and my husband were born two weeks after our due dates so it’s probably good we got a laster due date. I was also only 6-1/2 lbs when I was born so maybe it makes sense.
I guess I was just curious since I couldn’t really make sense of the date they gave me and part of me was already counting down the days until I wasn’t so sleepy. And I’ve definately been eating more and taking vitamins but I’m also like jeesh is it not getting enough nutrients? But she did only measure it at one angle so….who knows. It’s got little feet and a heartbeat so that’s good for now.
We don’t get another ultrasound until 20 weeks so got another good long wait.