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Old 07-19-2009, 11:08 AM   #21
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thanks for the replies, ladies. I was hoping that being at 3 cm would be a good sign that I would not make it to my induction this Friday but it looks like plenty of you were dilated further for even longer. I have to be induced because of the baby's size. My first was 8 lbs 13 oz and I tore horribly with major bleeding and we are hoping to avoid that this time. I really wanted to go into labor on my own but hopefully I still will. OR maybe my induction will be easier and I will just need a little push.
Things that increase tearing, directed pushing, having an epidural, pushing on back in stirrups. Push w/ desire in what position is best for you.

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Old 07-19-2009, 01:43 PM   #22
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I was at 3cm 80% from 36 week on. Didnt deliver till I was overdue.. everyone is different
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I was 3cm for over 3 weeks. Contracted for those 3 weeks and gave birth naturally on my due date for #2
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With my first (the only one I got checked at 37 weeks on) I was 3cm 80% effaced for 3+weeks. I was induced at 40.1 weeks (my choice, young and eager to meet my first child). I probably would have gone to 41weeks if I let my body do what it's suppose to.
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I was 3 cm dialated with my DD for over a month.
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I was 3 cm FOREVER, literally WEEKS and I finally got induced b/c he wasnt going anywhere obviously It HURTS! I dont recommend walking around like that!
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Re: How long can I be at 3cm dilated?

Well, you can be there for a while or it could go quick. The good news is that the more your dialated before you go into labour, the less work your body has to do to fully dialate.

Trying to keep things positive.
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Re: How long can I be at 3cm dilated?

I was 3cms at 36 weeks and then at 38 weeks was a 4 and went into labor at 40 weeks

ETA: Yes, I agree w/ pp. The longer you're dilated and the more contrax you have the better. I had my son after being in labor for only 2 1/2 hours.
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Re: How long can I be at 3cm dilated?

I knew someone that walked around dialated to 5 for a week!
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I was at 3cm for about a week before I had DS. I went to my 38 week appointment and my OB stripped my membranes. I went into labor in her office. 31 hrs later I had him
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