What is your experience?
Unfortunately- or maybe fortunately- there are so few real clues that tell you anything!! Basically- we are all going to have babies pretty soon! LOL
At that time I was seeing a CNM practice and I allowed cervical checks (not really a fan any more). A few days before that I was already 2-3 cm, 80% effaced (walked around like that for a few weeks actually), and the baby was very low...forget what station but baby was low.
I've really had no solid indicators of when I'd go into labor with my other two. No loss of mucous plug (at least it wasn't obvious that I had lost it, kwim?), no bloody show until I was in active labor. No real obvious "dropping" or anything like that.
Best of luck!
Sami , wife to , mama to Tate 10/14/05, Kaleb 12/17/07, Bram 3/13/10-11/17/12, Alden 2/1/12, October 2014
Jenna ~ mommy to Sophia Elise (1/06), Oliver Matthew (7/07) and Avery Michael (3/10)
Wading slowly and nervously into this homeschooling thing.
I've noticed that this time around the baby has dropped 3x and then grown back up into my ribs with his head still engaged for the past 3 weeks. Today, however, my midwife actually had a 2cm reduction in fundal height measurement from his latest drop, whereas the previous times he had not dropped enough to affect my fundal height.
With our 1st, there was no dropping at all, he was at -2 station in labor for 19 hours before he moved to -1 station (he was also posterior).
With our 2nd, we dropped 3 days before, then he was at -1 station and went straight on to crowning at +2 station within an hour.
I think the dropping beforehand may indicate a shorter labor since there is more pressure on the cervix and the head has descended somewhat, however I don't think it is related to how much longer until labor ensues. I, too, wish there was a formula to calculate when you would go into labor but I've been losing mucus plug pieces for 3 weeks now and have had on/off stalling labor bouts for 3 weeks as well at this point.
All signs have pointed to labor for 22 days now...sooooo....I'm calling my body's bluff and just hoping labor actually comes at some point, ha!
I'm not having cervical checks performed (not this time) and have been unable to reach my cervix on my own - but then again, I do know that my cervix is unusually high and to the left when non-pregnant AND all the way into very active labor it has been hard for docs to reach my cervix previously, so cervical location is not even a measurable factor for me.