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Effaced but not dilated?

post #1 of 15
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Just got back from my OB appt. She said she can still only fit 1 fingertip in (so no dilation, same as last week) but that I am between 50-70% effaced! I am confused...I thought effacement led to dilation. She still guestimates me a couple weeks out yet before the baby arrives which really bums me out. Does anyone know what, if any, correlation there is between effacement and dilation? What happens if I end up 100% effaced with no dilation?
post #2 of 15
That all sounds totally normal for where you're at. Usually effacement precedes dilation.

I think I was 75% effaced and 1 cm dilated starting at week 36 to, oh...week 41. Don't get too hung up on the numbers...baby will come when it's time.

Sorry...I know that's probably not the news you were looking for.
post #3 of 15
Is this your first baby? A lot of first time moms do their pre-labor "work" with effacement before dilation.

Exams mean nothing. You cannot tell a baby is coming by a cervical check. Try not to put too much thought into it! Things are happening.
post #4 of 15
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Exams mean nothing. You cannot tell a baby is coming by a cervical check. Try not to put too much thought into it! Things are happening.


I was high and closed at 10 am the day ds2 was born at 7:40 pm. Cervical. checks. mean. nothing. before. labour. Period.
post #5 of 15
With dd I was 50% effaced and 0 cm dilated at my 39 week appt. Dd was born at 39+3. My water broke and she slid out within 5 hours. No complications whatsoever.

When you're ready you're body will respond as quickly as necessary to get the job done.
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I was high and closed at 10 am the day ds2 was born at 7:40 pm. Cervical. checks. mean. nothing. before. labour. Period.
Thank you for telling me this. I am 37 weeks with no 3 and feeling like I could go at any time, crampy, contractions, the whole bit and yet today. High, not effaced, and only a fingertip. I am a bit discouraged. But this give me hope!
post #7 of 15
As others have said, please don't get hung up on effacement/dilation! It is a very unreliable indicator. My MW won't even check me at all --- unless I'm already in labor and I ask her to --- because it just doesn't tell you anything much. Women can be walking around 3-4 cm dilated for WEEKS (I have a friend who is like this with all her babies). Or, you could be not dilated at all and then have the baby within the day (more like me!).

Try to focus on other, more positive things like ...

Your baby WILL be here soon, no matter what!
post #8 of 15
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Thank you for telling me this. I am 37 weeks with no 3 and feeling like I could go at any time, crampy, contractions, the whole bit and yet today. High, not effaced, and only a fingertip. I am a bit discouraged. But this give me hope!
Honestly, I'd reccomend you consider NOT getting any more vag exams. They tend to lead to stress, no matter what is said. Either you feel like your body isn't doing enough, and you wonder what is wrong, or it looks like labor should start at any minute and you wonder why it isn't happening, and you wonder what is wrong.

They really do mean NOTHING. I can't figure out why OB's want to do them so badly. I won't have an exam until I think it is time to push. That is the ONLY time I am concerned about my dilation.

Check this article out....(It is even mainstream!)

http://pregnancy.about.com/cs/interv...aginalexam.htm
post #9 of 15
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Originally Posted by Beppie View Post
Women can be walking around 3-4 cm dilated for WEEKS (I have a friend who is like this with all her babies). Or, you could be not dilated at all and then have the baby within the day (more like me!).

Try to focus on other, more positive things like ...

Your baby WILL be here soon, no matter what!
This is me.
With DS I walked around at 3 cm for 2 1/2 weeks before I had him.
I am about 2- cm right now an ddon't expect to go for at least another week or 2 ( I hope)
post #10 of 15
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Originally Posted by elisheva View Post


I was high and closed at 10 am the day ds2 was born at 7:40 pm. Cervical. checks. mean. nothing. before. labour. Period.


And there is no order to what your cervix does. I am 2cm, not effaced at all now. *shrug*
post #11 of 15
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Is this your first baby? A lot of first time moms do their pre-labor "work" with effacement before dilation.

Exams mean nothing. You cannot tell a baby is coming by a cervical check. Try not to put too much thought into it! Things are happening.
All of the above. I am actually stunned that she'd tell you that you were "weeks out". There is no possible way of knowing! You could be closed, tight, and nothing going on and have a baby tomorrow. No one knows!
post #12 of 15
Thread Starter 
Thanks so much ladies! All your advice makes me feel worlds better
post #13 of 15
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Originally Posted by Mrs_CoffeeLa View Post
Honestly, I'd reccomend you consider NOT getting any more vag exams. They tend to lead to stress, no matter what is said. Either you feel like your body isn't doing enough, and you wonder what is wrong, or it looks like labor should start at any minute and you wonder why it isn't happening, and you wonder what is wrong.

They really do mean NOTHING. I can't figure out why OB's want to do them so badly. I won't have an exam until I think it is time to push. That is the ONLY time I am concerned about my dilation.

Check this article out....(It is even mainstream!)

http://pregnancy.about.com/cs/interv...aginalexam.htm
ITA. they mean nothing (though i admit to being curiouser and curiouser as I aproach my EDD).

CPs do them to 1. have something to do and 2. to find an excuse to start laying on the scare tactics for indcutions.

ETA: or 3. to strip membranes w/o consent.
post #14 of 15
im walking around at a 4 have been a 3 for um 3 weeks now LOL it sadly doesnt mean much but my feeling is the more i do it now before labor the LESS i have to go during real labor!
post #15 of 15
Sorry, totally DDC crashing here. I just wanted to say that with my first, my water broke at home around 9:30 at night. I went to the hospital pretty quickly because I was only 36 weeks pregnant. I got to the hospital at around 11:00 or so and had my first check at probably 11:30, and was about 90% effaced but only a fingertip dilated and wasn't feeling any contractions. I didn't really start feeling any type of active labor for about another 2 hours or so. My daughter was born at 8:30 the next morning. So I went from a fingertip to holding a baby in 9 hours.
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