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Hi, I'm just wondering how I compare to other ladies due around the same time as me (trying to gauge if I'll be early?!?!). I had my 37 week exam this morning, and I am 2cm dilated, 50% effaced and baby is head down at -2 station. At 37wks with my son I was 1cm, 25%, -2 station and he was 4 days late!! I don't want to be early, because my in-laws are flying in from Australia on June 9th (I'm due the 12th) and I don't want them to miss the birth! Anyone else opening up for business yet??

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I am 39 weeks and a few days, 4-5 cm, 80% effaced. Baby is head down, not engaged but I don't know about station.
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I'm 38 weeks. I'm 2/50/ballotable. Basically the same as last week. I never dilated with #1 until over 41 weeks. With #2 I was finally 2 cm at 39 weeks when my water broke. I'm just waiting. DH thinks it will be a May baby. I'm still holding out for June.

All I care is that the baby stays vertex.

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My midwives don't do internals, but by my own measurements, I'm about 2 cm dilated right now. Not sure how to tell about effacement, but my cervix feels very "flat".
I was 2-3 cm dilated & 75% effaced for over four weeks with my daughter.
Oh, and I'm 39 weeks.

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I have no idea if I'm dilated or effaced. I am refusing all internals.

Both of my previous pregnancies were more stressful for me in the final weeks because I just *lived* for news on the status of my cervix. It made waiting so much harder and I felt foolishly disappointed if I hadn't made any "progress" since the week prior.

We'll see how strong my resolve is at 39 or 40 weeks but for now--no internals for me
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I have no idea. I am having a c-section, so they are not checking. I have been having contractions, but not bad enough to do anything about them.
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I am 37 weeks tomorrow and a few days ago my cervix was closed and long. Baby is head down but still up high. I swore at the beginning of this pregnancy I wouldn't have any internals until I went over 40 weeks... but I caved already. I didn't start to dilate last time until I went into labor and I had a really quick labor.
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i agree with pepper, its hard to resist, but nothing thinking about the numbers is probebly best, as you can be 4 cm open for weeks, or closed tight and deliver tommorow.
i say that, but i am jeolous of the women who get weekly fun news with stats hehe
(my midwife wont do them either as they see each internal as a potential - disruption)
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I am having a scheduled c-cection, but it makes me somehow more curious. I know for sure that the edd is the real dd, but i still want to make sure that she is ready to come. Though it isn't always a true indicator, it seems like it would feel good to know my body is preparing...unless it said nothing....

All of that said, i did not have my mw check, though she was willing, at my last appt. It was an impulse decision. oh well....mcs

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I had an OB appointment yesterday. I am 39 weeks today. All the doc did was check heartbeat (really good), and measured (ok i guess). My vitals were great. She said, "see you next week".

I'm kind of suprised. I would have thought an internal would be called for by now. I have to admit, I am curious. I don't need anything to obsess about though.

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hang on a sec... lemme check...
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Both of my previous pregnancies were more stressful for me in the final weeks because I just *lived* for news on the status of my cervix. It made waiting so much harder and I felt foolishly disappointed if I hadn't made any "progress" since the week prior.


With Sam, it was December 23 that my OB proclaimed me to be between 2 & 3 cm, and 75% effaced, and "well, looks like you're having a christmas baby...I'm on call tonight..." etc etc.


Samantha was born January 18th.

I spent almost an entire month thinking I was having a baby at any minute. It was so stressful, and so unnecessary, and so pointless for her to have told me that, especially as a first time mom that was just DYING to meet her baby.

What did I learn from that?
Being dilated means NOTHING for me unless I'm actively in labor.
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No internals for me either, but I actually broke out my records last night from my last two pregnancies--the page where they put your fundal height/bp/dilation.
At this stage I was 80% 2-3, then at 37 and 38 weeks I was still 80 and a good 3 cm. I think when I went in to be induced at 38 weeks the hospital said I was 3-4 cm. I believe I was -2 station for a few weeks.
I can feel the baby's head above my pubic bone so she's way up there, probably like -10 and definitely balottable lol!!! I can barely reach my cervix but have tried. Feels pretty soft. That's about all I can say. Feels a little flat too like a squished tastykake donut. Hm.... maybe I need to go to 7-11....
I wish dilation/effacement could predict how easy (or the length anyway) your labor will be but it doesn't. In my case things went super fast, 3 hours from water breaking to baby. But if you read the stories (I think Fey's sister had this happen?), some go in at 4 cm and then do nothing. However, there are a ton of factors obviously.
Numbers play a huge game with my head so I'm trying to avoid them as well.
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What does ballotable mean?

And yeah, my sis was 4 when she went in at 6am, 4-5 at 11am when her waters were broken, and still not past 5 two hours later:\

Also I thought I wrote this last night but I guess I didnt? Anyhoo, I would probably feel less good about cervical checks at weekly appointments if I wasn't progressing, but as it is I've been going about a centimeter a week so it's fun. I am planning on getting checked when I go to the hospital, then refusing to be checked again until I feel the desire to push, because hearing that you have made no progress dilating in labor really does have a devastating effect, as I saw yesterday with my sister
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With Sam, it was December 23 that my OB proclaimed me to be between 2 & 3 cm, and 75% effaced, and "well, looks like you're having a christmas baby...I'm on call tonight..." etc etc.


Samantha was born January 18th.

I spent almost an entire month thinking I was having a baby at any minute. It was so stressful, and so unnecessary, and so pointless for her to have told me that, especially as a first time mom that was just DYING to meet her baby.

What did I learn from that?
Being dilated means NOTHING for me unless I'm actively in labor.
:LOL
Emmy, I literally gasped when I read that! That must have been sheer torture. I mean, it's hard enough waiting for your due date but to be told by an ob that you'll have your baby in the next day or two and then to have to wait weeks....

Another reason I'm wary of them is that I'm pretty sure that my ob did a membrane stretch + sweep on me when I was 37 weeks (1st pregnancy). It was a really uncomfortable exam, very rough, and when I got home I lost some plug and had some bleeding...one day later my water broke. It's still upsetting to think that she did that without my knowledge but it happens.

I did get internals last time starting around 36 weeks but each exam was prefaced with, "Please only gently check the cervix--nothing else!!".

And yeah, what is ballotable??? Never heard that term before.
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Ballotable... does that mean obviously not engaged? It can still be moved around? Just what I got from context.
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Wow...it is so weird to read about other mamas expecting in June getting close to birth. I'm 35 weeks 2 days. sigh. :LOL
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Have no idea. I could have had my MW check yesterday, but I told her I don't really want to know until 40 weeks (or later). Since this is my first baby, I'm most likely going to go over and didn't want to get my hopes up now. I also don't feel like anything is happening yet.
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38 weeks here. 2cm and a little more than 50% effaced. I've been this way for at least two weeks though. My OB stripped my membranes on Tuesday and I lost my mucos plug yesterday, however I have not had any signifigant contradtions.

The number game drives me crazy too, but I can't help wanting to know. I wen tthrough similar things (as some other moms have shared) with ds. I walked around dilated for a month, one day I went to the hospital because of contractions and the y said I would have the baby the next day and he didn't come for two more weeks!

So I try not let the numbers affect me one way or the other. But it's hard.
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