Post # 1
I’m only 36 weeks 4 days along today, but two days ago at my OB appointment, she checked my cervix and found that I was already 1.5cm dilated, 70% effaced, my cervix is soft, and baby is in position.
Yesterday I had what felt like Braxton Hicks, just pressure and cramping, but I also (sorry, gross) had diarrhea 4x on a day, when I’ve been dealing with constipation my whole pregnancy.
I called my sister, who told me that she was 2cm dilated for almost 3 weeks, so I shouldn’t worry.
How soon after you started dilating/effacing did you end up going into active labour?
I’m hoping baby waits until 39weeks to make an appearance!
Post # 2
That sounds like me. I made it to 40 weeks. If you make it to 39 weeks, ask for an induction.
Post # 3
I was dilated maybe 1cm at my 39 week appointment and did not look ready to go at all, but my water broke four days later. Cervical checks really are a waste of time as you can be dilated for a while or not at all and go into labor quickly. Hang in there!
Post # 4
- Wedding: June 2014 - DD born 2015 DS born 2017
I didn’t dilate til 40w0d, active labour started 41w2d so 9 days later. Mine was sunny side up and not putting a lot of pressure on my cervix which also led to late dilation and a long labour but that’s another story.
Your baby’ll come when s/he’s ready, and they’ll be here before you know it. Dilation doesn’t give you much to go on but when labour starts you’ll know it has 😊😊 Good luck!
Post # 5
I started dilating/effacing and having preterm labor scares at week 31. By week 38 I was 4cm with a bulging bag of water. Had my healthy boy at 38+2.
Post # 6
Dilation isn’t really a great predictor. I was 1cm for over three weeks. In fact, I was checked and was still at 1cm two days before I went into labor!
Post # 7
- Wedding: October 2015 - Ruby Princess
You didn’t mention the station of the vertex in the vaginal exam. If this is your second baby or more, your cervix may dilate before the baby decends. Doesn’t necessarily mean anything about when labor might happen.
Is this your first? If this is your first baby, the dilation is likely being caused by pressure from the baby’s head. That is a good predictor of having a successful vaginal delivery. The timing of which, is impossible to predict.
That said, the pressure and cramping, coupled with the sudden start of diarrhea, makes me think labor may be nigh. There’s no difference between contractions and braxton hicks contractions except contractions change the cervix, and braxton hicks do not. It sounds like your body is getting ready for labor. All good things.
In regard to your slightly early gestational age, I don’t think anyone’s gonna get too excited that. It’s definitely close enough. Meaning, while no one would induce you electivley, or encourage labor unless medically necessary, it’s not cause for any alarm.
Take it easy and good luck. I would make sure you’re ready to go, it could be soon. Or you may go overdue. It’s really a crapshoot.
Post # 8
I was dilated buy 1-2cm a couple weeks before birthing with my second. I can’t remember with my first! I had both at 38 weeks and they were very quick natural births with no painkillers. My second baby the hospital tried to make me go home as I was still only 2cm dilated when I arrived but I know my body and I knew he was coming and he was born 4 hours later ( I went from 2cm to 6cm in an 1.5hrs).
Post # 9
Thanks for all your replies ladies!
amandajane4949 : It’s my first, and the OB said the baby’s head was right at the entrance, basically. She actually said she felt his head through the membrane using her finger.
I haven’t had any more diarrhea today, but did have one 5 minute long spell of my belly feeling tight. Other than that, no noticeable cramps or pain.
I do realize it’s hard to tell with these things, but I guess I’m just hoping to get some idea of whether or not I should stop making social plans, haha.
I do hope he stays in there until I hit 39 weeks, as I know it’s better for him, but I’ll try not to worry about it!
Post # 10
KhaleesiStormborn : I just wanted to second what amandajane4949 said. Full term is anywhere from 37 – 42 weeks, so if he’s ready now and comes naturally don’t worry. I had to be induced due to complications and my first was born at 38 weeks, no NICU time and perfectly healthy.
I also agree that it does sound like your body could be getting ready for labor so I’d be fully prepared just in case. Unfortunately no one knows and you could stay exactly where you are for 3+ weeks.
Best of luck to you! Sounds like your little man is in a great position for a natural birth 🙂
Post # 11
I was 1cm, 50 effaced at 37 weeks and 3 cm 80 effaced for 2 weeks after that. Gave birth 3 days past my due date 🙂
Post # 12
DonutGirl33 : Thank you for your kind words and encouragement! 🙂 Not gonna lie – I’m almost buzzing with nerves these days! I hope he doesn’t come late now… I’m not sure I could handle 3.5 weeks of will-he-won’t-he, hahaha. Everybody cross your fingers for me that it’s Oct. 25th! I’ll be 39 weeks that day, but it’s far enough from Halloween, hehe.
Post # 13
I was 13 days late and 2-3cm dilated on my due date. Day 12 I was induced and he was born at 12:07am day 13, id say make plans if you want to but do be prepared to break them if you need to. Good luck.
Post # 14
- Wedding: October 2015 - Ruby Princess
KhaleesiStormborn : I hope you go as long as you hope. Just keep doing your daily kick counts and stay well-hydrated. Good luck and let us know how it goes.
Post # 15
KhaleesiStormborn : No problem, I totally understand! I have to be induced again and I won’t know until it’s time so I have a period of a couple weeks where it could be any day lol. My actual due date is 12/28, and I’m kind of thankful for the early induction, because I’d be so sad to miss Christmas with my oldest.