hi, i just started my 25th week. i've been feeling a great deal of pressure and cramping in my pelvic area for the past month. worse when walking, doing things and carrying my almost 2yr old. i went to see my MW thursday and told her my fears about all this. when she checked me vaginally she said i was about 1cm dilated and my cervix was forward and somewhat thinned. she didnt seem like it was a big deal but it made me worry more. is this a normal thing? to be dilated and cervix thin at 24-25 weeks? it seems way too early to me. my dh and i decided on our own that rest is needed and asked her what to do to stop the cramping and dilation. she gave me herbs which actually made things somewhat worse in a different way (but thats a different story)...let me know if anyone out there has experienced this, is this normal, could i give birth early, etc. kind of freaking out...kali
When I was 32 weeks pregnant with my first pregnancy, being 1 cm dilated and partially effaced meant drugs in the hospital until the contractions stopped and then strict bedrest and medicine at home thorugh 36 weeks. With my second pregnancy, I began to feel contractions at 23 weeks. This time I was seeing a midwife and planning on a homebirth, but she also did not take it lightly. At that point, my cervix was still long and closed. We managed things at home (rest, water, suppliments and herbs) through 30 weeks, when I lost my mucus plug and my cervix was changing enough that we brought in a perinatologist for consult. I again spent about a month on bedrest and medication before my son was born at 35 weeks in the hospital. Though he was close to term, he needed a little help in the NICU.
I'm pregnant again, just about 20 weeks this time. As a result of my history, we knew I'd be high-risk for preterm labor again, so I began to see a perinatologist along with my midwife at 8 weeks. I began to notice contractions at 12 weeks and since then have been seeing the perinatologist and midwives very frequently (at least weekly, plus anytime I feel an increase in pressure or contractions). My cervix is still closed, though softer and shorter. I'm still having frequent contractions and I am on medication to stop them. I'm guessing that if I was in your situation (dilated at 24 weeks), my midwives/doctors would have me in the hospital and would be doing everything they could to make sure that labor did not go further.
ETA: I wouldn't be picking up the toddler either
See someone before it is too late!
We started progesterone injections and I had meds to stop contractions. At a certain point we did steroid shots for the lungs.
Yes, I think it matters and isn't normal.
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