Effacement Vs Dialation

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alirenee86 - November 6

I went to the dr. today. I was hoping to be more dialated when she told me that I'm still only 1cm at 39 weeks, but that my cervix was soft and short and about 70% effaced which is good and more common to be more effaced than dialated with your first baby. So I feel like that was pretty progressive news and she said because the cervix looks or feels good, that she thinks I won't go later than my due date of Nov. 13th. If so, I have an appt at the hospital on the 19th which is one week after my due date, to be induced. I'm really hoping that won't be necessary. Anyone else out there almost fully effaced and not really dialated at all...it's coming soon I think. I'm getting nervous...

 

emfine99 - November 6

Yep, I just went today also and was told that I'm 50% effaced and not dialated at all yet. I'll be 38 weeks on Friday and hopefully I go before my due date! She said the more effaced you are, the faster you should dialate because you need to be thinned out more before you dialate. So I guess that's good news that we are thinning out!

 

alirenee86 - November 6

Yes, good news I think,. I didn't know that about dialating faster the more effaced you are. That makes sense. Thanks :) I thought I might be one to dialate very quickly all at once. I think I'll be quick! We can only hope, right?

 

AngelinLuv - November 6

At 35 wks, my cervix was closed and hard. At 36 wks, I was 1 cm dilated and 50% effaced. Now I'm afraid that I'll stay there for my last three weeks & end up going overdue. =( I wish they knew the exact date you'd give birth. heh.

 

alirenee86 - November 6

I do too., I don't mind much of anything if I can count on it ahead of time. I don't like surprises or lack of control when it comes to medical things and hospitals and emergencies! You might stay 1cm Angelinluv for a while, but it's the effacement that is the hard part of it all and then you can dialate all at once. You'll be fine. 50% sounds good and you're 3 weeks behind me.

 

emfine99 - November 6

The dr was saying something ot me today that effacement is like b__wing up a balloon (I didn't listen that close) but I think she said the thinner the balloon is, the easier it is to stretch it out.... makes sense I guess when you think of it as your cervix. And I guess the thinner the balloon, the quicker it is for it to stretch. So hopefully dialation will come quick for us! I read somewhere that when you are 100% effaced, your cervix is paper thin. I'm PRAYING that I dialate to something within this week! These contractions aren't very fun!

 

alirenee86 - November 7

I hear you emfine. I hope you make some progress this week too! I'm pretty anxious. Totally felt all day today like I'm getting my period. Cramps, cranky, crying for no reason and very irritable. And seems every time I'm sitting, the period cramps turn to what I guess are the false contractions or BH with the sharp, quick shooting pain random pain that I could somewhat describe as a Charlie Horse. Is that sort of what your contractions feel like? I just want to be sure that's the pain we're all feeling right now and it's not something else. I"m sure it's not but still.

 

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