With my second pregnancy I was 5+cm dilated prior to active labor starting. I remember being shocked I was so far along for days and not already in labor. When labor started, it was 5 hours- much shorter than my first, which was 20 hours. This is my third pregnancy and I've 6+cm dilated for almost a week and still no baby (I'm 40w3d). I've been having more frequent contractions for days and I can only imagine I must be nearly 7 or 8cm by now (I'm seeing my mw today and I will check).
So I would love to hear from other moms who have had more than one pregnancy and how far dilated you were prior to active labor and then how long your labor was once things finally got going.
Anyone out there dilate fully without ever being "in labor?" Just one day you felt the urge to push and out came baby? I'm very curious!!!