'Early' dilation…what did it mean for you?

posted 3 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 16
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

snowflake8 :  I started dilating at 35 weeks after I fell out of my chair at work. I was 3 cm and sent home from the hospital after 2 days. At 36w5d I had a normal appt, my doctor said I was still 3 cm but my water broke later that night 🙂

ETA: I was at 4cm when they checked me in L&D and stayed that way for hours until they started pitocin 

Post # 17
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I was 4cm at 37+6, and my MW did a stretch and sweep to 5. Walked around like that until 38+5 when my water broke, and i was 9.5cm at that point.

As someone who basically totally dilated without knowing it…..that is definitely not 10%of the work, sorry to tell ya.

Post # 18
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2011 - Boy #1 12/2015, boy #2 02/2018

I was 2 cm dilated at 36 weeks. My water broke at 37w5d and had my baby that same day.  The intensity of the last cm are way more, so I say you do the majority of the work during the last few cm.

Post # 19
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2012

I’ve been fingertip dilated for several weeks now. Currently at 33 weeks. They didn’t seem to think this was indicative of labor coming any time soon. 

Post # 20
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

I was 1cm at my 36 week appointment and still had to be induced at 40+1. I was 4cm and contracting every 4-5 minutes at my 39 week appointment..didn’t mean squat. As a labor and delivery nurse, I will say don’t get your hopes up! I do a LOT of inductions where mom is 1cm!

Post # 21
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Blushing bee

I was dilated 1cm for a couple weeks and then 4cm for 3 weeks. I ended up being induced after my due date.  

Post # 22
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2016

I’m not going to do cervical checks….only upon being admitted to hospital (which if my water broke, they can test that and I avoid the check) & I’ll have to when I’m ready to push  (so they can make sure I’m ready to push).

My gf was 4cm for weeks and was finally induced

Post # 23
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2016

I’m 35 weeks and I’m not doing cervical checks (only upon hospital admission, and only if water did not break (which it only breaks in 10% of women) and when I feel ready to push).

My gf went around for weeks at 4 cm before she was finally induced.

Post # 24
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

Yeah I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but 1 cm is like…nothing lol.

Post # 25
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Bee Keeper

I had a friend who was nearly 5cm dilated when her water broke.  And that was nothing.  She walked around at 2-3cm for almost a month.  So honestly 1cm really isn’t 10% finished because you can spend so much time sitting at that measurement.

Post # 26
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

snowflake8 :  With my first child I went 5 days late. I started having contractions at home and left for the hospital within an hour of them starting (never had them earlier on). Got to the hospital 15 minutes later and I wasn’t dialated at all, zero! Within 1.5 hours I dialated fully and gave birth about 20 minutes later. It all happened within about 3 hours from the start of the first contraction. I also did the same thing with my second but even faster. 1 cm really doesn’t mean much, I’ve had friends walk around for weeks 5cm dialated and they went past their due dates.

Post # 27
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I was dilated at 2cm, 80% effaced at 39 weeks, which is when my doctor stripped my membranes. At 40w2d I was 2cm, 100% effaced. At both appointments they said I could go into labor any time.

I went into labor naturally at 41w2d. I was 3cm when I got to the hospital (I think she was wrong, personally – she had issues finding my cervix..) 1.5 hrs later I was 9.5cm, when they had me labor down more before pushing.

Post # 28
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

I was 1 cm, 50% effaced at 36 weeks, stayed that way until 39 weeks when I was 2.5cm dilated. I had a membrane sweep at 40 weeks and went into labor at 40+3.  

I think that my labor was super smooth (maybe from predilating?) I labored at home for about 5 hours, went to the hospital and had already dilated to 6cm. Got an epidural and about 1hour later was at 9cm, the pushing out part took a bit of time, but the first part of labor went really easily!  

I hope your labor goes well!  Good luck! 

Post # 29
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2015

I was 3 cm dilated at my 37 week appointment. I gave birth 10 days later at 39 weeks in less than 4 hours, start to finish.

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