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Old 12-25-2011, 07:23 PM   #11
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Hi, mamas! A few questions for you;
How dilated were you and for how long before labor started? 1cm for 5 weeks
How effaced was your cervix and for how long before labor? 50% effaced for 5 weeks
How soon after the baby locked in place did labor start? She was -2 station when water broke.
Any important changes you noticed before the onset of labor? ( besides the obvious: mucus plug, show, water broke etc) I had 11 weeks of PTL before DD was born. My only real sign was mucus plug and bloody show Christmas morning, 11:30ishpm Christmas night my water broke after a really painful contraction. Other contrax that day were very minor.

Due in about a week and curious about what others mamas experienced before labor. Thanks!
Now my aunt was totally different. 1st pregnancy water broke at 35 weeks. Her whole 2nd pregnancy she was scared she wouldn't know she was in labor, it happened. She only had pretty bad back pain. She moved her Dr appt up, had she not there is a good chance she would have delivered at work or home.

Everyone is different. I have known women to walk around 4-5cm dilated for weeks before delivery. Others to go from totally closed to and not effaced at all to labor in hours.

I know it isn't real encouraging.

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Old 12-25-2011, 07:31 PM   #12
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I got checked at 40 weeks, 2 days and was 1 cm & 65% effaced. He was born at 40 weeks and 6 days. The day before he was born I started having contractions pretty regularly throughout the day, but nothing that was enough to consider I was in labor. I checked myself and had maybe dilated to a 2 & thinned a little bit more. He was born the next day at 1:34pm.

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Old 12-25-2011, 10:10 PM   #13
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My most recent (3rd) I was 40% and 1.5cm at 30wks. Since both my previous pregnancies resulted in preemies, I was placed on strict bed-rest. At 35wks I was 60% and 3cm and started procardia to stop BH. At 38wks I was 75% and still 3cm. I delivered at 38wks 4days a healthy baby girl and wonderful precipitous birth!
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Well, I will go ahead with my experience since my precious baby girl is here now!

I was dilated to a 2 at 38 weeks, not effaced at all. Had been loosing my MP for about a week or so, although I didn't know it at the time, just suspected.
Woke up at 3 am on the morning of the 21st to go to the bathroom and lost the rest of the MP. Felt minor contractions and went to the bathroom again at 4 and found the show. Had that all day with minor contractions until things started picking up around 4 or 5 pm. Went in at 10:30 with contractions 3-5 min apart and was only dilated to 3 and 60% effaced. She was born at 8:42 am on the 22nd.
In hindsight I can say I had been feeling lots of pressure the weekend before, but other than that there was no real sign that labor was coming. Guess dilation and Effacement is NOT a labor timer after all!
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Well, I will go ahead with my experience since my precious baby girl is here now!

I was dilated to a 2 at 38 weeks, not effaced at all. Had been loosing my MP for about a week or so, although I didn't know it at the time, just suspected.
Woke up at 3 am on the morning of the 21st to go to the bathroom and lost the rest of the MP. Felt minor contractions and went to the bathroom again at 4 and found the show. Had that all day with minor contractions until things started picking up around 4 or 5 pm. Went in at 10:30 with contractions 3-5 min apart and was only dilated to 3 and 60% effaced. She was born at 8:42 am on the 22nd.
In hindsight I can say I had been feeling lots of pressure the weekend before, but other than that there was no real sign that labor was coming. Guess dilation and Effacement is NOT a labor timer after all!
Congratulations on your healthy baby girl!
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Old 12-28-2011, 03:16 PM   #16
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Re: Dilation and Effacement as a labor timer? ISO experience

With my last I was 2-3cm dilated and 25% effaced at 2pm. I had him just under 12 hours later. Everyone is different though - I have friends who were 4cm dilated for weeks.
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Re: Dilation and Effacement as a labor timer? ISO experience

I always dilate and efface LONG before baby is born!
Those things mean nothing for me as to when I'll go into labor!

With my last I was almost 4cm for over a week and had been loosing my plug for 2 weeks before my water finally broke!
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I was effaced and dialating weeks before I went into labor. DH and I thought that I was going into labor at any time but that proved to be quite false!
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I didn't dilate or start to efface before labor contractions started. I was closed and tight the day before I had my son. No sign of labor till my contractions started.
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I have been dilated to 4 cm and 50% effaced since Christmas Eve. I also lost my mucus plug. No babies yet (thank goodness though in my case!!).
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