When did you find out your due date? How did you find out? Did the doctor use your last menstrual cycle and the “Wheel of Pregnancy” tool to figure it out for you? Or were you 100% sure about your date of conception and use a calculator that way? Which calculator did you use? There are a few floating out there… Did you date your pregnancy by first ultrasound and the measurements of the embryo/fetus (depending on when you had your ultrasound)?
And why does it matter? Does it matter? How much does it matter?
Sometimes “term” babies are actually premature and end up in the NICU. Sometimes barely-preemie babies are fine. Other times, a postdates (42+ weeks) baby can have some problems or stress, and sometimes they are totally normal and healthy.
If you’re scheduling an induction or cesarian based on your due date, what happens if your due date calculation was off? What if baby needed more time to “cook”?
What week/day gestation were your kids when they were born? Anneliese was 42 weeks and 3 days. I really think if I had had chiropractic care, she would have been born earlier (I have scoliosis and she also wasn’t totally positioned correctly… head down, yes, but she was slightly turned when she was born – though not fully sunny-side up). I didn’t know much about the real benefits of chiro during that pregnancy, but I preventatively saw the chiropractor during my pregnancy with Joseph, and he was born at 39 weeks and 1 day. Still, when Anneliese was born, the nurses and the midwife all remarked that she didn’t look “overdue” at all.
Did you feel anxiety if you went “past your due date”? Were you pressured? By whom? Did having that date circled on your calendar make you make choices you might not have made if you had a wider timeframe to look at? Like a “due month”?
I’m not trying to convince anyone of any one stance with this post…just throwing some questions out there to spark discussion or storytelling. What’s your story?