50 Efaced And Partially Dilated

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Karen - December 6

I'm almost 37 weeks pregnant and when I went to this week's doctor's appointment (yesterday) he told me that I was 50% efaced but not dilated at all yet. Now today, when I went to the bathroom to pee, I felt to see if I was dilated and it does feel like I may be about 2 centimeters dilated! Now this is my first child & I am experiencing everything for the first time. Would anyone like to share her experience with me??? This is something so new & wonderful for me, I just want to know how other women's experiences have been. And also, approximately how long does it take from the moment you begin to dilate to the moment you actually go into labor?

 

Ca__sie - December 6

I'm not really sure how you felt you were dilated... you'd have to stick your finger up there and have had practice feeling what 2cm dilated feels like. Also, you can be dilated for weeks and not go into labor. I've been dilated at 2cm for at least 4 weeks and nothing yet. I'm also completely effaced and have lost mucus plug. So... whether you are dilated or not, you just never know when you will go into labor. There are no concrete rules unfortunately.

 

Jen - December 6

Ca__sie is right...I have been dilated to 1.5 for nearly 5 weeks (finally effaced from 20% to 50% this week), and I will be induced on Thursday because my due date was 11/26. However, my best friend had her weekly appointment at 37 weeks and the doctor told her no dilation and no effacement- she delivered her daughter 2 days later. You just never know! Best wishes to you, and don't focus too much on the numbers!

 

Karen-- - December 7

It means nothing, not that you'll go soon or even easily. I found that out the hard way. Also trust your doctor about dilating, not self exams.

 

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