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Dilated 1/2. sarahsfirstbaby Due May 28 (boy); Kentucky 166 posts
9th May '12

So, I went to the Dr. on Wednesday cause my back and stomach was cramping so bad I thought I was going to throw up...they hooked me up and though I was contracting I wasn't dilating so they sent me home...told me to drink more water lol.



Then on Monday I go to MY actual Dr. he checks me and I am 1/2 a centimeter dilated...is that a good place to be at 37 weeks? Do you think labor is close or still far away...in your experience, what do you think?

Charlie's Lovely Mommy 1 child; Granville, Massachusetts 1794 posts
9th May '12

If you were at your doctor when you found this out, why didn't you ask she/he?

sarahsfirstbaby Due May 28 (boy); Kentucky 166 posts
9th May '12

He said "You are circling the airport." LOL He said he didn't think it would be much longer judging by the shape of my stomach which made no sense to me. lol



I don't really get to ask him as many questions as I'd like to cause he's always running around like a chicken with his head cut off. He's a good Dr. and at an amazing hospital but I really don't get the time I'd like to have for questions and such.



Plus he didn't have any personal stories to share with me. LOL

Crystal 3 kids; Hephzibah, Georgia 15566 posts
9th May '12

You can be dilated for months. It has no bearing on when you will actually go into labor.

Charlie's Lovely Mommy 1 child; Granville, Massachusetts 1794 posts
9th May '12
Quoting Crystal Marie S.:" You can be dilated for months. It has no bearing on when you will actually go into labor."


True. I was an entire month overdue, and dilated the whole time. I ended up having to be induced because continuing to wait for natural labor would have been harmful for my baby.

sarahsfirstbaby Due May 28 (boy); Kentucky 166 posts
9th May '12

My mother-in-law said she was dilated to 3 at 6 months and stayed that way the whole time until her water broke. I guess it is just wishful thinking that it means baby will be making his arrival soon. :/

user banned Due July 3; 2 kids; Australia 14351 posts
9th May '12

1/2 a centimeter is nothing, you could stay that way for another 3 weeks

ღ my ☼ Michigan 7713 posts
9th May '12

I was dilated 4cm for 4 months before I was induced.



When I went into the hospital to get my induction, I was still at 4cm, and 80% effaced and I never had one single contraction (braxton hicks, or real ones)

* Clairebear * 1 child; Ireland 2627 posts
9th May '12

My contractions started 3 days before my daughter was due but even though my cervix was still closed they kept me in anyway. I only dilated to 1cm on my own in 24 hours, a midwife did a sweep + forced it to 3cm, another broke my waters 6 hours later. However I didn't dilate anymore I crashed after an epidural so they had to deliver my daughter by emergency section. Doc told me I just wasn't going to dilate any more on my own so even if I didn't react to the epidural it wouldve been a section anyway. I know women who dilated extremely quickly and had their babies before they knew it, but I also know a couple who were dilated a couple of cms already weeks before birth. I guess it's different for everyone!

Kendra Zappitella Due July 3 (girl); 4 kids; Japan 1 posts
9th May '12
Quoting sarahsfirstbaby:" He said "You are circling the airport." LOL He said he didn't think it would be much longer judging by ... [snip!] ... don't get the time I'd like to have for questions and such. Plus he didn't have any personal stories to share with me. LOL"

Any questions you have you stop the dr and ask. Thats their job. Write it on paper then when you go back tell him you have wrote some questions to ask him

Mamas 1144 Due March 12; 1 child; Kilgore, Texas 249 posts
9th May '12

I was dilated 2cm and 80% effaced at 37 weeks and I had my son at 38 weeks. But you can be 4 cm for weeks with no labor so it just depends on your body, everyone is different.