J.S. asks from Mount Laurel, NJ on October 29, 2010
Pregnancy - Red Lion,PA
my medical records say i am 30 weeks pregnant but when i went today to see the doctor he told me i was olny 28 weeks pregnant. when i asked him about it he said i lost two weeks because it is a leap year. i am very concerned about this being my first child and never hearing anything of the sort from other mothers and they had no advice for me. i hope you can help me with this problem asap, i would really hate to have to change doctors so late in my pregnancy. if you have any advice that would be helpful to me that would be very much appreciated
J.G. answers from Springfield on October 29, 2010
That is a very bizare answer. Is it possible he was just being sarcastic? At my first ultra-sound the tech adjusted my due date about 2 1/2 weeks. She said most likely I ovulated late that month.
You could call the office and speak with the nurse. Perhaps he/she could answer your question. I would definitely try to ask again, but I wouldn't worry too much. Unless there is a problem with the pregnancy and the doctor suggests inducing or a c-section, your body will go into labor when it's ready and your baby will be given a complete physical. The doctors will check you and baby pretty thoroughly.
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T.D. answers from Albuquerque on October 29, 2010
Maybe call another OB doctor just to get a 2ND opinion.
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D.S. answers from Allentown on October 29, 2010
Why do you want to change doctors?
Count 267 days from the day you got pregnant. You will know more than
the anyone else. Doctors keep you healthy and make sure you have a healthy baby at the time of your delivery. They are not perfect by any means. They don't give you that personal TLC that your family and friends will give you.
It is stressful to be pregnant and you are getting close to the time of your delivery so you are sensitive to remarks made in jest.
Hang in there. You are doing great.
M.S. answers from Philadelphia on October 30, 2010
I totally understand how you feel... I SWORE that my kid was really 2 weeks older (in the womb) than he actually was.... My due date (according to my calculations was August 23rd... ) and according to the doctor was August 31st.... I hadn't even dropped by the end of August... they took my son by C-section on the 26th.
Anyway, the great thing is that it's not the other way around... You would much rather your baby 'cook' as long as possible than be taken out too early. Many doctors do not want women to even go 1-2 weeks past the due date..... so I think you're alright...
Take those 2 weeks and enjoy them! Pamper yourself.... etc... That baby will be here soon enough!
Enjoy and good luck!
N.S. answers from Pittsburgh on October 30, 2010
For the record, this is not even a leap year, so I really have no idea what the heck he's talking about. The other moms have given some great advice below - good luck and God bless!
J.B. answers from Albany on October 29, 2010
go on a website where you can figure out when your last period was and go on that due date. i would also call and talk to one of your nurses. Good Luck
K.S. answers from Pittsburgh on October 30, 2010
That is the most ridiculous thing I have ever heard. I think he was joking! You can't lose weeks of pregnancy. Leap year has an extra day. Makes no sense. I think he was kidding.
Your baby will be born when he or she is ready. It just doesn't matter at all how many weeks pregnant you are! Your doc will measure each time and will tell you how many "weeks" you are measuring, but this is an estimate.
Of all the things that are REALLY important, this isn't one of them. Stick with your doc!
K.B. answers from Harrisburg on October 30, 2010
Um, I would guess he was joking about the leap year thing? I've never hear of things buying off by two weeks because of leap year. Leap year only adds one day, lol.
With that said, it's not unusal for dates to change as pregnancy goes on. I wish he would have explained that to you rather than saying it was because of leap year. That's just silly. Measurements and growth rates vary during pregnancy and are not accurate. When they measure your belly it just helps to get an idea where you're at. Even ultrasounds are not exact, but it's a better gauge than belly measuring.
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