(Closed) When did your doctor start checking for dilation?

posted 4 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 16
663 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

I had my first cervical check at 35 weeks and then weekly til 40 weeks. I was already 1 cm dilated and 50% effaced at my 35 week appt. I was 3-4 cm dilated and 60% effaced at my 40 week appt, at which point I had a membrane sweep and went into labor less than 24 hours later. I liked knowing! 

Post # 17
893 posts
Busy bee

I’m 38 weeks and haven’t been checked internally yet. I was told they dont generally like to check until the due date.

Post # 18
9082 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

I was 3 cm for three weeks. They started checking at 37 weeks.

Post # 19
143 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

First checked at 37 weeks and it was about a CM a week until my 40 week appoinment. I was 4cm Wednesday and 7cm when I got to the hospital on Saturday. Everyone’s different. 

Post # 20
356 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

My doctor started checking when my appointments were every week.  I think it was around the 37th week.  At my 36 week appointment they did the swab for the Strep B test but didn’t check my cervix.

Post # 21
1192 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

I used a Midwife/OB mixed practice so they were fine with waiting until 40 weeks to do a check.  I did my first check at my 39 week appointment and I was 1cm.  The second time at my 40 week appointment I was still only 1cm and she said I would be there next week but the baby came the next day!

Post # 22
1341 posts
Bumble bee

I was checked at 39 and then at 40. Mainly to see whether my body was preparing and how an induction would go. I also had a sweep at 40. Was 3cm for two weeks and then 20 hours into labour still 3cm and needed syntocin so it really can mean nothing. I’m glad I wasn’t checked earlier as it can give false hope. 

Post # 23
531 posts
Busy bee

I just want to add to this thread about how unreliable dilation is in terms of labour starting. I had an appointment at 10 days overdue to find out i was barely 1cm dilated. I was due to be induced the next day so the midwife offered a pretty thorough stretch and sweep At 1pm. 

By 2PM I was having regular contractions and waters broke at 8PM. Got to the hospital at 9PM to be told I was still only 2cm dilated and really thought I was in for one hell of a time. 

15 minutes later id fully dilated and was pushing my baby out on my own (the midwife had left because she thought I had hours to go!)

basically, it goes to prove dilation before hand is not a very accurate indicator of when you’ll go into labour or how long the labour will last!!

Post # 24
974 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

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MrsRevolutionize:  I just had an apt with a specialist for the baby who is now taking over my OB care, she’s decided to start weekly apts at 34 weeks and then will do first check at 36 weeks.

Post # 25
778 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2015

They checked me at 37 weeks. I was 2 cm dilated, 2 weeks later I gave birth.

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