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I thought it might be fun to know where everyone is in their progress.(for those that get checked)
I had a cervical check yesterday & cervix was funneling from 3cm to 1cm. so.......I'm 1cm dialated & 50% effaced @ 35w3d
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Go mamas, go!!!!!

BTW, when I went in for my m/w appt the day before my water broke, I was only dilated a cm although I was significantly effaced.

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I kinda wish I knew. The dr. didn't check me last time, though she did say the baby was head down. My next appt isn't until next monday. I'll be 37 weeks by then. With my first DD, I was dilated 4 cm for over a month before she was born...so I guess it doesn't really matter if I am dilated yet. I still want to know though...


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Oh...uh, does anyone know if there is a way to check yourself? Just curious.


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Oh...uh, does anyone know if there is a way to check yourself? Just curious.
I know one finger tip=1cm
yesterday the Dr held up his 4 fingers & said that = 8cm
does that help at all?

or get a measurement of your own fingers using cm...& go from there
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I've got 1cm, maybe 1 1/2cm as of this morning. No effacement.

I'm starting to get insanely impatient though!

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My dr. gave me the option to be checked yesterday, I'm 39w today, I declined... it doesn't really mean anything as you've said, you can "pop" into labor anytime or walk around 4cm for weeks... so why dig around in there if we don't need to? :0) It totally bothers my MIL who is all about the conventional way of doing things, "did you get checked?" "haven't you had another US?" etc. Whereas my mom is much more laid back, "it'll happen when it happens..." Funny how our parents shape us!

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I was checked two weeks ago, 35 weeks, and was 0cm but 80% effaced.

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I go in tomorrow so I will let you guys know then! I better be doing something! lol Baby hasn't moved AS MUCH today as normal. We'll see what MW says about that too. Maybe not enough room? Too tired to squirm about?? We just went out to eat, then to the lake to walk around the sandy beach, then to a pond across the street to feed duckies(too cute by the way) and then home...there was SOOOO much pressure down there! OUCH!
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1cm -4 station as of last wed at 34w 6d and one of the boys kicked the Dr's finger when she checked me =D good boy!

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I think I am getting checked tomorrow (36w3d)when the MW does the GBS test since she will be down there anyway. The MW I saw at my last appt she said she planned to do it this week to verify baby's position too, but she had to cancel my appt Monday due to being in L&D and I was only able to get an appt with the other MW in the practice if I didn't want to wait until next week. I have been feeling a lot of low pressure when I have contractions, so I hope something is going on even though I know it doesn't mean much in terms of when labor will actually start.
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I'm 36 weeks today and just had my dr appt earlier and got checked. I'm 1 1/2 cms (She said not quite 2cms but a very loose 1cm) dialated, 50-60% effaced and baby still at -3 station head down. Didn't ask about cervical length but last week it was only 2cms. Last week (at 35 weeks) I was 1 cm dialted and 40% effaced. Everything is so much more uncomfortable-hard to drive and sit. Baby's moving fine and tons of pressure though I have noticed during contractions that baby pushes on me or stretches out or something -it's hard to explain but very weird. I actually go pretty fast once I hit 3-4 cms. Have been drinking insane amounts of water to keep back contrations/labor away, about 100-140ozs of water a day. Feel like I'm drowning and I so hate water right now. But making sure that the back labor is not from dehydration and not real labor. I expect to go within the next week. My next appt isn't til 38 weeks. Oh and I got my GBS results back and they were negative so I don't have to deal with antibiotics or refusing them.

*I forgot to add also:
Been nesting last week and now, spent all last week cleaning and organizing the house as much as I could, just have bathroom left-going to see if my mom could do it as I hate cleaning bathrooms. This week I have been making freezer meals for after when the baby. I made 9 meals today and hope to make 6-10 meals tomorrow. Yesterday went to Costco to get all the ingredients that I hadn't gotten in the past few weeks.

I have gained 3 lbs-up to a totally of 33 lbs this pregnancy-in the last week but it must be all baby as I haven't bloated or puffed out anywhere like I normally do in my hands and feet.

Can't remember if there was anything else to add. So that's all for now.

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I'm 1-2cms and about 70% effaced, and this kid is seriously engaged. I thought he was sitting low before, but this past week has brought on a whole new level of low (and pain!). The midwife was a little shocked at my appointment today, actually. No BH though, only that vague achey cramp feeling like when you get your period. I want this kid to get here already, but I think it will be a while still.
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I'll get checked on Monday.

Meanwhile... I've jabbed a finger as far as I could and didn't even come close to my cervix. That's either short fingers, short arms, or a big belly, lol.
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I got checked yesterday (after 4 hours of what felt like labor) and was just 1cm. That's 1cm more than two weeks ago, anyhow. *shrug*
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At 34 weeks I was 1-2 cm and 80% effaced, baby was at -2 and I was put on modified bedrest.

I just got checked Monday at 36 weeks and a different midwife said I was 1cm and 60% effaced?????

I don't know, I was less dilated and effaced than that when I got checked and went into labor with DS the next day, so I'm not taking much stock in it.
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Hah hah this is funny...I've had a cerclage stitch in the whole pregnancy so that I didn't dilate early. It was taken out today. Last pregnancy when they took it out I immediately dilated to 2 centimeters and I was already significantly (maybe 80%) effaced...I still didn't go into labor for three weeks, eventually I was induced.

So today I get it taken out and .... NOTHING. I'm still high, long, closed, firm, and he couldn't even get the very tip of his finger in. I expect to still be pregnant in January, but who knows
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37 weeks here, + (since I want to go to "due date") pleased to report: long/closed/posterior (whatever that means); soft.

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Saw my MW today, baby is head down, but really high. Cervix was too high to even feel any dilation. I'm still 3 weeks away from my due date, so I shouldn't be disappointed, but it would have been nice if all these contractions had done a little something
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38w4d and long, soft and closed. This is my second babe.

I've had some crazy random strong contractions the last week and tons of pressure so I was surprised to have no progress at all. I know baby is still up high though and since I'm trying to make it past my due date I should be pleased but there was a tiny bit of disappointment when I found that out.

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So...went to the MW yesterday. I didn't sleep AT ALL...before I went to bed *this morning* I'd been up for 33 hours...no sleep. I was SO exhausted, but my mind and body wouldn't let me sleep.

Anywho, I told her about it and she asked if I'd had a glass of wine, I said no bc it didn't sound appealing. SO she said "you like beer...??" : I have permission to drink beer. : Then she checked me...I was 1 cm d, and really starting to funnel out. She felt the top of his head with her finger...cool! She had asked me when we first went in there if I wanted her to 'irritate things a bit'..I of course said yes. They don't really strip membranes unless they have to, which she didn't...she just played with my cervix a bit...lol. She poked and prodded Evan a bit...which I bc I get to feel his outline...and Ashton got to feel his outline too! It was SOOOO cool to see her reaction! Then she let Ashton take over and SHE was my MW! She located Evan's Heart beat through his cord, then his chest, took my BP, and measured me...which Evan had a growth spurt! Last week my bump was measuring at 34, 5 days later he measured at 36!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! HOLY COW BATMAN!!!!!!!!!! I had mentioned that I thought Evan would weigh about 8 lbs at birth, Mw agreed, she says she thinks he's about 7 lbs right now just by poking at him.

She said that afterwards I would be achey and crampy...boy was she right! It started about an hour after...I was having REAL BAD CTX, coul dbarely stand up straight...back was miserable pain, the whole nine yards. I said to my mom " Now how am I supposed to know if this is just what she did to me or if I'm in real labor?????" lol We went back to moms house, I was supposed to take Ashton to her dad's but I was hurting SO bad that I had my dad take her. DH came to get me bc I didn't feel safe driving. So we went to the mall to eat at Chili's and then walked over to Barnes and Noble to find some big sister books. I went to go find a chair bc I was in imense pain, DH went to go find the books, and I sat there for no more than 5 minutes and was in so much pain and all the sudden I felt sick to my stomach and HOT. SO we high tailed it out of there and went home. The whole time I'm moaning and acting a fool. I felt stupid bc I don't think that I'm in real labor...but it sure feels like it.

So I had a *decent* nights sleep, still yucky tummy though. Had ctx all night. Not feeling *that* great this morning, but we are going to try to go to my SIL's house. I HAVE TO HAVE SOME SORT OF T-DAY FOOD! This is my fav holiday....I WILL NOT MISS OUT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! lol

OH YEAH! Ashton was wanting to be there when I had Evan, but she changed her mind yesterday. I think she saw me in pain yesterday and can't handle seeing mommy like that. I'm so very sad, but I understand where she is coming from. I would NEVER force her to go, but it just feels like a part of me will be missing. I'm actually REALLY sad about it. I was trying so hard not to cry.


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Okay two wks ago I was 1cm dilated (at 36wks) soft but still a bit high and long, and posterier, baby is at -1 station. Is that high or low I always forget? and when will your cervex even out?

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Does anyone know about the station thing? Guess I could just google it!!!

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-1 station is pretty low, that is where I am too...

I'm 38 wks 2 days and at my check up 2 days ago the mw said I was 1 cm, -1, anterior and 70% effaced...as a first timer, I know what that means technically, but what does it mean in everyone else's experience as far as how long I might have? I have lots of BH, but no real contrax yet...I need this baby to stay in there for at least another week, there are way too many projects to be finished!!

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I think you need to get to +4; you start out at -4.

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37 weeks w/#5....I am 2-3cm and 80%, -2 fully engaged but still posterior.

Doesn't mean much as I sat at 5cm and 100% -1 with my 4th.
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I am 37 weeks and some change. I have been going between 2cm and 5cm for two weeks. The baby is completely dropped and the doctor is shocked that I haven't gone into labor yet. the contractions are regular in irregular patterns, so this has caused some false alarms. I just really want this pressure to be relieved!

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Still having ctx, but they are still sporatic. Had them this morning for an hour every 7 minutes, but they turned sporatic again after I got up and ate. I'm wondering how friggin long I will have to do this until he actually comes out. I'm exhausted....sheesh! lol
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I think you need to get to +4; you start out at -4.
I thought it was the other way around. +4 is floating around somewhere above your cervix. 0 is at your cervix and -4 is in the birth canal about to make an enterance.

No, wait, you're right. DUH. haha.

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Can you tell baby's station from the outside or does that require an internal exam? I don't plan on doing any internal exams and don't set much stock by dilation as it can vary so widely before labor starts. I don't want to be too excited or too frustrated unnecessarily. But I would like to know how far the baby has dropped just b/c I can't tell what is considered low and how much more pressure (pre-labor) to expect, etc. My mw said he is definitely engaged in the pelvis at our last visit (at 36w2d, now 37w6d), but not sure what that means exactly. He feels lower for sure and there is more pressure - but I don't feel like there's a bowling ball between my legs or anything and can still walk without waddling I've been having lots more BH and sometimes definitely painful and more pelvic pressure, but generally feel okay and not like this baby needs to come out really soon.
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