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Maybe Im being pissy but to me it means crap. Idk why they even bother with that painful damn exam. i see the logic somewhat during actual labor, to be able to tell if someone is "stalled" out. But otherwise it seems silly to me. my mw did one the other day on me so she could have an exam to compare to next week as we are considering herbal induction. If he's not making any progress on his own towards coming out then it's less likely the herbs will work. Today I keep thinking why'd I consent to that crap? If he's ready in a week then the herbs will work regardless of what the stupid exam says. If he's not then it won't and we could just save my vagina the slap in the face of having your hand up there for a stupid seemingly pointless exam....I mean hell, sex hurts at this point, who's idea was it to shove a whole hand up there too? : Have I said stupid and crap enough?
*sigh* sorry...I guess I am still struggling with this question myself lol.
My understanding is that effacement is less important in subsequent births. I thought I'd read that first-time moms won't dilate (or dilate as much) until they are fully effaced. But second+ time moms can dilate even without being effaced, or effaced very much. I had a thread a while back asking a question to those who check their own cervix, and Christine posted a link to a diagram that I think would support this idea. But I can't find the thread (I HATE the MDC search function .
Anyway, I guess what I'm trying to say is that, to the best of my knowledge, the amount you're effaced is not very important if you're a second+ time mom.
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