Unpredictable Ultrasounds

I went for an ultrasound about 2 1/2 weeks ago, and the doctor told me the baby was small… by a week. I thought, too small by a week, big deal. But the doctor sent me to get another ultrasound, just to make sure the baby was growing properly. I wanted to say, hello, do you see how large I am??  How could this baby NOT be growing? But I went and got another ultrasound yesterday. This time, the technician told me the baby was on the fatter side. Good lord, can’t these people make up their minds?

If you want to read up on how accurate an ultrasound is, exactly, you can get some info at BabyZone. It seems that the earlier an ultrasound is performed, the more accurately it can predict the baby’s age (and due date), based on the baby’s size.  However, “measurements taken later on, when babies begin to grow at different rates among pregnancies, yield increasingly inaccurate dating of pregnancy.” So why, when I was 33 weeks along, were they making a big deal that the baby was a week small? I guess the doctor was just doing her job and making sure everything was going the way it should be… thankfully, everything seems to be in order!

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