I'm wondering how accurate ultrasounds are at dating pregnancies. Is it possible to mistake a 7 week old for 11 weeks? Or is there usually a significant difference in size? Does the CRL size usually match up with accurate LMP records?
I'm pretty sure I had my last period on May 15th. I have not had any periods since then. But now I'm reading about people have implantation bleeding and I'm feeling kinda paranoid that maybe I've been pregnant longer than I realize.
I think I'm just paranoid, but I'd still like to get feedback.
I was SURE my LMP was April 1st of last year, so when I went in for an u/s I thought I was 10 weeks. But the doc told that the baby looked older than 10 weeks so she moved my due date up a week (which put the baby's age at 11 weeks) which the mathdidn't work for me at all...because that would have had conception taking place during my period (which, tmi, we don't have sex when I am on my period)...so I kinda knew that date was bogus, but I just went with it.
Well, DD was born 3 days after her due date, by c-section, and she had very dry, cracked skin...and more than one visiter asked me "was she post due?" and I kept thinking to myself, "no, if anything she is one week early!" Well, I got to reading about what some things are that affect post due babies...and now I am seriously starting to question if the doc was somewaht right (me being further along than I thought) and maybe the baby had been concieved a week to 2 weeks BEFORE what I thought was my last LMP.
I am starting to believe that what I thought was my last LMP was actually heavy implantation bleeding or spotting, and that DD was actually 2 weeks OVERDUE!!!
In my reading about ultrasound, they are the MOST accurate before 12 weeks because most babie grow around the same rate at this stage...but the farther along you get the more varied the development rates are. When I went in for a sizing ultrasound at 34 weeks and was warned that at this stage it can be 20% off either way.
Well, I hope that helps!
Same thing with me. I went in and my LMP was april 1st, which would have made me 17 weeks then (like a month ago). I knew that was the last time I had an AF for sure. But the baby only measured 12.7 weeks! That's like more than a month off! They even went on to scare the crap outta me by trying to get a h/b with a doppler, in which if I was 17 or 18 wks should have been picked up very strongly. But since I was only 12.7 weeks they couldn't get one. U/S's are a good way to "date" pg's. B/c you could have just ovulated later, like I did. I would believe the u/s over just when you had your last period. That's what I am doing. And since then I had another one now, 4 wks later and the baby measured 16 wks. So, the u/s was pretty right on! Good luck, and don't stress!
On July 7th I had an ultrasound and the doctor told me I was at 7 weeks. It measured 11mm CRL. No distinguishable limbs or head yet, just a little blob. So it does look pretty early in the pregnancy, but I really have no idea because I'm not a professional, so I'm hoping I can trust what the doctor says.
Yes, the doctor explained to me about how they count pregnancies conventionally from the first day of the last period. I thought that was a little strange, but it makes sense.
Last edited by kaijamaria; 08-26-2006 at 12:57 PM.
Or it could be due to delayed implantation. Sometimes it takes more than the typical amount of days for the ovum to implant in the uterine wall, which can cause the dates to be a little off. And of course, the fetus grows at differing rates, so things can always get screwy along the way!
by no means am i a professional either, but like i said i have one of those pregnancy calculators that they have at the dr. office and i am looking at that, and that sounds right according to your last period. if your last period was may 15, then on july 7 you would have been 7 wks 4 days, and now you should be 14 wks. 5 days. so it sound like the baby is measuring just right.
take care, try not to stress, and remember that babies do grow at different rates.
When I had my ultrasound, my due date was moved WAY up. I apparently spotted for two periods because I had thought my due date was Feb. 11th, but found out it is December 20th. I knew it had to be sooner since I was feeling strong movement, but didn't expect that much.
I just stopped taking birth control when we concieved our baby and didn't have a normal period before hand ... so I had an ultraound done very early to date the pregnancy.
The tech told me that I was only 6 weeks 5 days along. Being that I had no clue when I concieved, I stuck with it.
Then, I had my second ultrasound around the end of my 12th week and the tech told me that the first results were wrong, giving numerous reasons why, saying that I was actually 14 weeks 2 days! 1.5 weeks ahead of what we thought!
My 3rd and 4th ultrasounds, along with my measurements, have all agreed with that second U/S ... so in fact, when thinking I was less than 7 weeks along at the beginning, I was actually over 8 weeks!
Mistakes happen that early on because the baby isn't very clear on the screen and looks like a huge blob. If it's lying in a certain position, it's easy to measure incorrectly (so the tech told me)