Doctors completely wrong?

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I went to the first doctor and he said it was a girl due Aug 24th. I had another appointment that same week and the other doctor said it was a boy due Sept. 18th... idk what to expect now.. im so confused.

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Sarah - posted on 05/10/2010

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Due dates can be tricky! Be that as it may, we went for an ultrasound, complete with video to take home etc, and both the techie and the gynae said we were having a boy, they even showed us the "penis"!! We had a perfectly healthy baby girl!

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I remember my due dates being a few days off from each other but everything was confirmed by the ultrasound as well as the sex of the baby.......my family said girl and the doctor said boy. Doctor's first ultra sound said Sept. 29th and the ultra sound where we found out the baby's bday said September 24th.....turned out she was born the day before the her second due date....lol.

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Gabriele - posted on 12/25/2011

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There is a reason they call it Medical "practice" Even if they do have the correct date, the baby has a mind of it's own and will come when it is ready to do so which could be a week or so early, or a week or so late ;0)

Amy - posted on 05/11/2010

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They have always gone by my last period and I have always gone over, I would go by the measurements or maybe go to a specialist. It's definitely not an exact science but maybe consulting someone else will give you peace of mind.

Melanie - posted on 05/09/2010

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My first due date on my daughter was 4th august then it was 17th july. She was actually due on 19th july but she didn't appear until 30th july. Sometimes they go by your measurements and smetimes they get it wrong. After 2nd pregnancy we told people a 2 week window because the docs couldn't get it right. x

Myra - posted on 05/09/2010

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Have they checked for twins? That big of a difference, especially in the same week, would be a good indicator that you're carrying more than one baby.

JuLeah - posted on 05/09/2010

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That is an important lesson. Doctors only know that they know and that is not much.
Read medical books, pay attention to your body. Know what to expect and what you want. Trust yourself.
Your baby will be born on her or his birthday, of that I am sure.

Sarah - posted on 05/09/2010

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Sept 18th sounds like a perfect date to me...that's my baby boy's birthday hehe :)

Yeah, I would get a 3rd opinion if possible because that's a big difference in due dates. My doctor pretty much went by the date of my last period, but the baby was measuring like a week behind or something. So we basically figured that the baby could come sometime around the end of September. As far as the gender, maybe you can go to one of those 3D/4D places and get another ultrasound or something? Those are a lot of fun. :)

Good luck! :)

Melissa - posted on 05/09/2010

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It happens more than you think. If they don't see anything, they usually say girl. But sometimes it isn't the best angle for the ultrasound. It is never 100% accurate. They usually estimate the time of date based on your last period and the size of the baby. And unless you know for sure the first day of your last period (which would put your due date 40 weeks from that day) then they estimate based on your baby's size.

Kristin - posted on 05/09/2010

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An ultrasound will give you the closest date for baby's arrival. Again, a due date is just an estimate. As for the gender of your baby, without DNA to test, you may have to wait until baby arrives. Even an ultrasound can get the sex wrong.

Angie - posted on 05/09/2010

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The only way to tell 100% the sex of your baby is by looking at it's dna. As far as the dates go, it could simply be a mistake. With my first child, I had due dates between January 1 and February 18 - he was born January 28 and it was estimated that he was about 2 weeks overdue. Go with your dates and don't let anyone tell you otherwise.

Jacqueline - posted on 05/09/2010

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Wait for your ultra sound because that would tell you the correct date!!!

Emilie - posted on 05/09/2010

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According to my period date my first ones due date was OCtober 1, the first ultrasound the due date was October 15, then the second ultrasound the due date was october 18. Anyway, I don't know what due date was right, I had a sechduled C-Section on October 8.

I would maybe find another doctor though, because that is a big difference in due dates.

Peita - posted on 05/09/2010

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My first pregnancy, they changed the date to 3 weeks later through ultrasound and by 2 weeks with my 3rd, apparently I ovulate late! My first I actually went 5 days over the extra 3 weeks and had a 9lb 6oz baby, he wasn't overly huge, so I think they got my dates right in the end! As for the sex of the baby, mine were all determined through ultrasound, and all guesses were correct, they are pretty accurate now-a-days if they can see the bits properly! I hope you sort it all out, like Jodi said, early ultrasound is the best indication of what your due date is! Don't forget that some people do ovulate late and it does vary your due date from you period due date! Hope you sort it out soon, Good luck!

Jodi - posted on 05/09/2010

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My doctors questioned my due date because of the measurements. I don't trust measurements either. Initially, I was told I was due March 17th. I knew exactly when I conceived because I had not long had a miscarriage, and 6 weeks after my miscarriage, tested positive. So basically, there is no way I could have been a month out. Also, my OB did a quick ultrasound in his office when I was 10 weeks, just to try and determine dates (because I hadn't had a period since my miscarriage), and he believed it was a 10 week fetus because of the development (in those early stages it is much easier for them to predict fetus age because of the developmental milestones). There was no way it was a 14 or 15 week fetus!!!



As my pregnancy went on, they kept asking could I have actually conceived a month later. There was no way. My baby was just very small - born 5lb 2 oz on 14 March. But she was a full term baby. Believe me, those measurements can be really screwed up.



With the sex, they couldn't actually tell with my daughter because of the way she was positioned. Every time I had an ultrasound they tried to check. In the end we just waited until she was born.

Laura - posted on 05/09/2010

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Go by measurements. When we went by last period I was told I was due beginning of september. When I had my ultrasound and they measured, I was told middle of October. Had her October 23rd. Measured due dates are more accurate as they go by developmental averages of other fetuses at that age.

And gender is kind of a 50/50 guess. I had definite for a girl as they had a clear shot of her ovaries, but depending on how its lying they might now know for sure until you give birth.

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My baby's 12 week measurements were saying she was 16 up to 18 weeks gestation and she was born by my dates,the also went by my dates when i moved to another hospital..She was measuring bigger but her growth went to normal by the middle of my pregnancy but my tummy was over in size..she was 7lbs 70z and over 50 cms a good size and length for my 4ft 11 height and small frame.Also my first had a big head for 12weeks but it was fine at birth normal size.Go by your last period.As for gender she was a he until i meet her face to face lol.

*Lisa* - posted on 05/09/2010

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Wow well I would go by the measurements simply because sometimes you can get your period dates mixed up. Well I know I certainly can being so irregular hehe.

Marabeth - posted on 05/09/2010

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i know the older the fetus is the harder it is to tell a due date because they all grow at different rates. early in the pregnancy the embryo's size varies less so it is easier to pinpoint it's age. when i was pregnant if i went by my last period my daughter's due date would have been feb 19 but she was actually born march 25 (her due date from early ultrasounds was march 23). because of my experience i would go for the september 18th due date is more accurate. did you have any earlier ultrasounds with a due date given?

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Thanks i think i will. With the due dates one doctor did it on measurements of the babys head and the other by when i last had my period.

*Lisa* - posted on 05/09/2010

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Hmmm. That's a big difference in due dates. As for the baby's gender, I was told 5 times I was having a girl but I had a boy ;) So I never trust those things. Maybe seek a 3rd opinion?

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