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Good day. My due date is 22nd of March 2007. However my ultrasound scans stipulate that my due date is only 13th of April. Baby is already 3.3kg but my docter wants me to go at least a week into april before even mentioning induction. Why is that? I am also having very strong BH all day long for the past week and a half. My cervix is not ripened and the baby hasnt dropped. Is there anything I can do at home to help this baby along? Will you recomend home induction and how should I go about? My docter however said last week that there is some white spots on the ultrasound where the afterbirth is and that should be closely monitored. What can that be and is it a concern? I am doing a natural birth again but the baby is posterior position is there anyway I can help her to turn as my first born was posterior and that hurts!! YIKES!!! I dont want any pain medication what is the best natural way for pain relief? Any ideas sorry for the long post! But thank you


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replied April 2nd, 2007
Pregnancy Answer A2516
The normal duration of a pregnancy is 40 weeks, plus or minus 2 weeks. This means most women are at least 38 weeks pregnant before delivery is induced. A pregnancy due date is calculated by the formula:
Due date = last menstruation date (the 15th June) – 3 months + 7days
According to that formula, your due date is calculated to be around the 22nd of March, 2007. There is always a difference between a due date calculated according to the last menstruation and a due date calculated via ultrasound scan. We expect a slight difference between the two calculations because the ultrasound apparatus does not count days but calculates due date according to fetal dimensions which are then compared with standard values. In your case, however, it seems that there is a considerable difference (3 weeks) between the 2 pregnancy due dates. Such a big difference in due date could indicate a few things such as: slow fetal growth (the baby is small for its age); an incorrect estimation of the last menstruation date, or something else. There is nothing you can do at this point but wait. Ultrasound checks are very important for identifying possible problems with the fetus. A natural way to relieve pain during delivery is to synchronize the abdominal contractions with uterine contractions. That can be achieved with practice before delivery.
You may consult your obstetrician for more details on all of the questions you propose.

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