Increased cm sign of cervical dilation?

posted 3 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 2
cherrypieBee
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2008 - A tiny town just outside of Glacier National Park

Increased CM (particularly liquidy mucous) is a part of the cervical ripening process, so it could be! Unfortunately, there’s no way to say 100%, but it’s a good sign. You could try a few other natural ripening techniques (intercourse with ejaculation, orgasm, evening primrose oil, etc) and it might increase your chances. 🙂

Post # 3
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Buzzing Beekeeper

It does sound promising!

But in case things don’t happen naturally, don’t be too scared of the Pitocin.  I had it, they start you off really slowly with it. I had no negative reaction from it, they increased it gradually and it helped me dilate more (only reaction I had at all was violent shakes from my epidural).

Post # 4
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

awakemysoul:  

I think you continue to expel more of the cervical mucus as you dilate, I think the dilation is what causes the mucus plug to pass (at least that is my understanding).  So I think it’s a good sign (as far as things getting ready)…but you can dilate (and pass your mucus plug) and still not go into labor so I don’t know if it’s a good sign that you’ll go into labor soon, unfortunately.  I hope the gel works to send you into labor!

Yesterday I was pretty anxious and pacing for a few hours and it gave me cramps and increased discharge, so hopefully those cramps did some work!  Guess I’ll find out Wednesday at my appt…

Good luck!

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I am fairly afraid of the Pitocen too so I don’t blame you at all. My midwife told me to drink red resberry leaf tea to help get the uterus ready to push, she also has a number of other tricks with caster oil and different herbs for ‘sticky’ babies that do not want to start labor naturally. It might not hurt to call a birthing center or a midwife that works at your hospital to ask if there are any at home tricks you can try to get labor going without being induced. 

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