I am 37 weeks today and just got back from the Dr.'s. I am 5 cm dialated 75% effaced and the baby is at staion -1. 5 cm dialated is pretty darn good, but is there any way to know how long it will take the rest of my cervix to thin out and for the baby to begin descending into my birth canal? Could it happen tonight or still be a couple weeks and there is just no way to really know? Thanks ladies.
I thought they will send you to hospital right away if you are more than 4 cm dialated
All are equally important. You need all 3 in order to give birth. Sure you can dilate to 10 cm...but if you're still at -2 station, there's no baby coming out.
And there's absolutely no telling or guessing when you'll go into labor.
From what I have read from alot of mamas on here dilation & effacement doesnt mean jack squat without contractions also. You could have your baby tonight or on your EDD or 2 weeks overdue!
Quoting B r i t t a n y:
i been curious about this too.. i read somewhere that for first time moms effacement is most important because before dilation can begin the cervix must thin first but with second time moms they can dilate without effacing first
what i wanna know is does the pressure from the babies head cause the cervix to dilate and therefor start contractions or do contractions start and put pressure on the cervix and make it dilate?
For first time moms effacement is actually more important than dilation at first, because the cervix will need to be soft to dilate. After you've had a baby previously the cervix seems to open more easily. It is said that the average first time mom will dilate just under a centimeter per hour once active labor has started and the mom having baby number two or more will dilate just over a centimeter per hour once active labor has begun. However, there are no hard and fast rules about who will dilate how quickly that actually work. As you know babies can't read calendars and your cervix can't tell time. Some will dilate much more quickly and others more slowly.