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May 2009 > How dilated/effaced are you?
Auraji's Avatar Auraji 05:57 PM 04-30-2009
Im "38w1d" and Im 1cm dilated and 50% effaced.

How about you?

Misbehavedmeg's Avatar Misbehavedmeg 06:22 PM 04-30-2009
I have no idea. I will probably find out next week at my appt.
SunCB's Avatar SunCB 06:24 PM 04-30-2009
36 wks 1 day last wk on Monday was 1 and soft
j_p_i's Avatar j_p_i 06:24 PM 04-30-2009
No clue. I don't think they do checks at my mw practice. I've tried to do a self check, all I know from that is that my cervix feels REALLY soft and squishy and weird. And it's lower than it was before.

I don't really know what that means though!
Auraji's Avatar Auraji 06:30 PM 04-30-2009
I just found out today, it's the first time they've checked.


I think I just want to stress about it and that's why I asked
ScootchsMom's Avatar ScootchsMom 06:33 PM 04-30-2009
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No clue. I don't think they do checks at my mw practice. I've tried to do a self check, all I know from that is that my cervix feels REALLY soft and squishy and weird. And it's lower than it was before.

I don't really know what that means though!
I'm 37 weeks, 2 days and just got checked by the midwife because I asked after all the contractions I had this week. I'm soft, a stretchy fingertip dilated, but not really thinned at all. Baby is at a -2 still. Means nothing of course, lol, but its nice to know something is going on since I was tightly closed 2 weeks ago and not soft at all.
Sadie Lake's Avatar Sadie Lake 06:34 PM 04-30-2009
I think I'm about the same as you Auraji. My m/w doesn't do internals (unless I really wanted her to) but its lower and not "open" per se, but the two sides are about the width of my finger apart and its super soft and shorter (by about half) than it is usually, so I think that means 50% effaced.

I keep checking, hoping for some changes, but not much yet.

Sadie
Auraji's Avatar Auraji 06:39 PM 04-30-2009
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I think I'm about the same as you Auraji. My m/w doesn't do internals (unless I really wanted her to) but its lower and not "open" per se, but the two sides are about the width of my finger apart and its super soft and shorter (by about half) than it is usually, so I think that means 50% effaced.

I keep checking, hoping for some changes, but not much yet.

Sadie
Im happy they checked because I would feel very clueless checking for myself

I had some contractions over the weekend, so I was glad to see they did a little something, specially since it was the first time I actually thought I was having them and they werent bad at all.

Im just getting desperate, I dont mind being pregnant. I've been feeling great, but I want her noooooooow!!!
Mama Rana's Avatar Mama Rana 06:46 PM 04-30-2009
My MW asked if I wanted to be checked on Monday, and since she was in there already for my STD swab [didn't get done in the first trimester, and is apparently MD law ], I told her sure.

I was 1cm, but high and hard. I swear she said something about effacement, but I can't remember exactly what. I almost want to say 100%, but THAT doesn't make sense, does it? So who knows. I'll ask this Monday for them to look back and tell me what she said. I don't plan to have her check again. I'd just as soon not worry about it, yk? Esp. with the pressure I'm getting to get "on the schedule" [for a RCS] just in case I go too far past my due date.
mynameisMom's Avatar mynameisMom 06:51 PM 04-30-2009
Is there a trick to self-checking? Just use clean hands?
EmmaJane's Avatar EmmaJane 06:53 PM 04-30-2009
At 36w6d, I was 1 cm dilated, 30% effaced, and -1 station ("that's low for a posterior baby!")

Probably the only internal I'll get until labor-- my midwife was doing the GBS swab, and I was just curious -- not much serious cramping, but I'm carrying SO much lower than last time, and it feels like my pelvis is configured differently each morning when I wake up.

She also warned me that if any of the positioning/"spinning babies" stuff I'm supposedly trying to convince the baby to turn works, that she'll move down more and I'll be even less comfortable... aaiiiieee. (But DD1 was posterior until just before I pushed, and that was no fun at all...)
the_lissa's Avatar the_lissa 06:55 PM 04-30-2009
No idea. Cervical checks aren't offered until labour.
cmoma's Avatar cmoma 07:04 PM 04-30-2009
At my 36 w appt (a week and a half ago) I was almost 2cm and starting to thin. Baby was at -3 station. At that point cervix was quite high and I could just barely reach it myself. Today when I checked I was able to reach it and feel that I was dilated. I think I'm still around a 2 not sure about effacement though.

I was glad there was progress though.
major_mama11's Avatar major_mama11 07:26 PM 04-30-2009
Last week (39 wks), I asked her to check me, and regretted it immediately. I was 2 cm, but only 25% effaced and -2 station.

This week (40 wks), she checked again at my request (I swore I wouldn't get obsessive about my cervix this pregnancy, but here I go again). Today I was 50% effaced, 2.5-3 cm, and "lower station than last wk". So today I was actually glad I asked her to check, since it reassured me that the contractions I've been having are doing something, even if I feel like I'm going to be pg forever.
lightheartedmom's Avatar lightheartedmom 07:39 PM 04-30-2009
My MW's don't check. I'm 39w5days and very curious. But I can't for my life figure out how ya'll are doing self-checks! What's the trick? I can't reach that far!! And do you use gloves?
catters's Avatar catters 07:48 PM 04-30-2009
I won't find out about dilation/effacement until next week (whereas they'll do a membrane sweep if I"m dilated at all (I'll be 39wks 1day). But she DID say that the baby had "dropped". So yay?
lightheartedmom's Avatar lightheartedmom 08:57 PM 04-30-2009
I just tried to check. I don't believe I even have a cervix. ;-)
(seriously, I've felt it before, when I wasn't pregnant...I think it's disappeared WAY up inside there somewhere)
Squatting, sitting on the toilet w/ one leg up, I simply cannot reach it. So...I guess that means maybe labor isn't that close after all...
Overthemoon's Avatar Overthemoon 09:09 PM 04-30-2009
30% effaced, 1.5 cm dilated, cervix very ripe and soft, I'm 38 weeks, measuring 39 weeks. I'll be 39 weeks on sunday.
I have asked for internals the last two checks with my MW. This past week I asked for her to be a bit more rough to see if we could get things going. I had a bit of cramping and some mucus dislodge but that's it.
Bring on the labor!
SunCB's Avatar SunCB 09:15 PM 04-30-2009
I posted in the I'm Preggo forum about how to check yourself and putting EPO in so I am hoping to get some answers. I tried checking now w/a glove on and it felt so weird probably bc I checked while temping before preggo (felt it like twice right before I got preggo with just clean hands and short nails) so it was a bit harder to feel around this time.

I cannot imagine my OB has longer fingers than I do since I am so much bigger than he is (he is at least a good 6" shorter than I am if not more since I am 6').
Shonahsmom's Avatar Shonahsmom 09:17 PM 04-30-2009
I won't get checked until probably well in to labor. I find it really useless. You can walk around 3 cm dialated for weeks and you can go from 0 to 10 in 8 hours like I did with my first labor. It really doesn't provide any useful information at this point.
iana703's Avatar iana703 11:44 PM 04-30-2009
I have been checking myself everyday just out of curiousity. After showering or on the toilet. I am 1-2 cm and about 50% effaced but babies station keeps changing one day its -3 the next its -2 but I can tell the baby is still switching sides, loa to roa lots too so that doesnt concern me. But like Shonahsmom said it seriously means nothing. I walked into the hospital 1-2 cm and had my baby 5 hours later.
Auraji's Avatar Auraji 12:35 AM 05-01-2009
I know it really doesnt mean anything, it's just another thing to obsess about unnecessarily

I got some contractions this afternoon, I figure because of the cervix check. Awhile ago DP and I were listening to music and I was sitting on his lap (poor thing, we're both VERY skinny, but now I got like 15-20 over him haha) and he was freaking out because he could feel the baby's heartbeat on his leg. After awhile he put his hand under my dress, because he had never felt something like that before and I couldnt feel it and my underwear was slightly wet and his hand got a very distinct smell. I dont know how to describe it, he asked me to go check myself and my underwear had this pink tint, but I figure it was from spotting due to having my cervix check, but what about the smell? I dont know what that was about. What do you girls think it could be?
JD5351's Avatar JD5351 12:53 AM 05-01-2009
My dr said some pink/spotting is normal after a cervix check, but not sure about the fluid.
Auraji's Avatar Auraji 01:15 AM 05-01-2009
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My dr said some pink/spotting is normal after a cervix check, but not sure about the fluid.
I found that normal, what I found weird was the smell. It was very peculiar.
scrappingmom's Avatar scrappingmom 01:22 AM 05-01-2009
I'll be requesting a check monday. It doesn't really give useful info, but i cant help being curious if the contractions are helping ever I do self check but my belly is so huge and cervix is still high(my babies never drop till they are coming out) its hard to check. things feel softer and thinner than last time and i THINK more open. i was 3cm and 30% maybe? i cant remember. Like i said.. means nothing really. 2 pregnancies ago I went from -2 station, 4cm and some low%(uner 50% i think) efacement to baby out in under 5 minutes. I've also walked around for weeks at 4-5cm and high effacement %

I'm usually looking more for "stirring things up" side of exams when at the Dr.. and to see how my checks line up with dr's opinion
Peppermint Poppies's Avatar Peppermint Poppies 01:27 AM 05-01-2009
I've got no idea. My MW and OB haven't offered to check yet - I don't think it's something that they do routinely until labour begins. Baby's head is at station 2/5 though. Last week it was 4/5, so there's some downwards movement there, which was encouraging. I'm 39w2d today.
Sadie Lake's Avatar Sadie Lake 01:27 AM 05-01-2009
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I found that normal, what I found weird was the smell. It was very peculiar.
I've heard that amniotic fluid can smell like semen... ever smelled semen? I can't say that I "know" what it smells like. But, maybe I'd remember if I smelled amniotic fluid and if it smelled similar if my water was leaking, kwim?

Sadie
Undercover Mama's Avatar Undercover Mama 01:38 AM 05-01-2009
I normally have started dialating around 30 weeks with every pregnancy and by the time I reached term have been 4-5 cm dialated before labor begins. I have learned to self check and could easily reach my cervix in my last two pregnancies by this point. I'll be 38 weeks tomorrow. But, this time I can just barely reach it at all. Not enough to tell how dialated it is, but enough to know it is soft and stretchy.
AustGirl's Avatar AustGirl 05:14 AM 05-01-2009
My MWs don't check until I'm in labour, which I'm more than happy with. If I knew what I was/wasn't before then, I'd go crazy wondering what that means!

Plus, I'd rather keep other people away from that region until absolutely necessary
mamasurprised's Avatar mamasurprised 10:25 AM 05-01-2009
I've had some hard contractions and bloody show this past week so they did a check yesterday. 1cm and 70% effaced. 39 weeks today! It's just nice to know that all the work my body has been doing this past week is really warming me up.
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