i ask this because,
i'm thinking i should decline this next check in fear i've made even more progress since last friday. i really don't want to be stressed about potentially being whisked away, sit there, still no labor, and THEN the topic of induction or something come up. my OB has yet to mention induction to me or anything of the sort, but i have a gut feeling, being at 39wks today and an app. this friday that it will be discussed. - soooo, be brutally honest if this was the the lamest question of them all... but i'm really curious if a woman can dilate to 5 and still not go into labor.
thanks guys for tolerating my lack of knowledge and lame questions for so long.
YES! I know women who have walked around dilated to a 5 for weeks. I would absolutely decline any further vaginal exams to avoid being put on their 'clock'. Not to mention that your doctor may decide to do an 'aggressive exam' (membrane stripping) to get things moving, or "accidentally" break your water. I've seen it happen before.
This time I am 2-3 cm from my own estimation and have been for 2 weeks.
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Doesn't. Mean. Anything.
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Just keep your pants on at your next appt and they can't say anything about it. Dr won't like it, but it's your vagina and you have a right to restrict access. Keeps him from "helping" things along w/o your consent, too.
VEs aren't predictive of ANYTHING at all as far as when your labor will start. You can be closed and tight and have a baby 6 hours later or you can walk around for weeks at xcm and then have the baby. They are only useful when determining bishop's score for a (hopefully) medically necessary induction.
the nice thing about being at 4cm already is that when you're in labor, it's less for your body to do.