Throughout my pregnancy, I’ve received two different due dates — one came from my very first ultrasound, when my baby was barely the size of a blueberry, the date that was then subsequently stamped on my record as “the” due date.
But then there was a second date, the one that showed up on my next couple of ultrasound scans. This date was a few days earlier. It’s also the date that I prefer, not only because I’m now 38 weeks pregnant and ready to get this baby out, but because it matched the date I’d calculated on my own using information I looked up.
But … which one should I believe? And how much does it really matter? After all, as many moms know, due dates are just educated guesses.
How are due dates calculated?
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Shannon M. Clark, MD, MMS is a double board certified ObGyn and Maternal-Fetal Medicine Specialist, and founder of Babies After 35. In her roles as a clinician, educator and researcher at UTMB-Galveston, she focuses on the care of people with maternal and/or fetal complications of pregnancy. Dr. Clark has taken a special interest in pregnancy after the age of 35, which according to age alone, is considered a high-risk pregnancy.
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