How accurately can a midwife determine a due date by feeling a woman's belly? I had one period after nursing for a year and a half... but don't remember when exactly... somewhere in sept.-oct.... pretty vague. My midwives just took one feel of my uterus at the first visit and said... "oh, you're about 10 weeks" The next visit they moved the date back a week, again by how the baby felt. I wouldn't ordinarilly doubt their expertise and experience, but I feel SO much like I'm about a month further along than they say I am. Just by how much the baby is bouncing around already, how much I'm showing, pressure on my cervix. I know these things can happen earlier in second pregs... but is it possible they could be off by so much? I'm having an ultra sound in two weeks, at which time they are predicting I'll be at 22 weeks. I'm hoping this will confirm what they are saying. I'm planning a homebirth and I'm afraid if the date is off by too much I'll be sent right to the hospital because they'll think it's preterm. ALso I get the last month off from work paid and I'd like to take advantage of it.
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2/16/03 at 9:43pm