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Dr Visit Today... Dilating! woohoo Brittany817 Due March 14; 2 kids; Greensboro, NC, United States 96 posts
10th Feb

So I went to the Dr today for my 35wk exam, they did GBS test and checked my cervix. Before my OB came in my hubby says "She might check and say you haven't dilated any" I say "No I'm dilated, only about 1 to 2cm but I'm dilated" so she comes in, does the test, checks my cervix and says "Yeah, you're about 2cm dilated and the baby is definitely head down!" I just look at my DH. Dr leaves the room and he says "You've done this so many times, you could be the Dr!" Lol I'm thinking no, I just know my body. Lol I just wonder what makes men think they know more than us when it comes to pregnancy and all it's wonders sometimes? Hahaha Anybody else have these experiences with Bf's or husbands?

lalalalove [+2! ♥] 2 kids; Gainesville, Florida 2071 posts
10th Feb

i'm very curious, how could you tell you were dilated? what kind of difference did you feel before and after beginning to dilate?

Super Mommy! Pasadena, CA, United States 13042 posts
10th Feb

I was walking around 4cm for close to 4 weeks, and I felt zero difference. My husband doesn't make any remarks like that, he knows every pregnancy can be totally different, and that the body can do and react differently, as well. 

Brittany817 Due March 14; 2 kids; Greensboro, NC, United States 96 posts
10th Feb

Quoting lalalalove [bun#2!]:
i'm very curious, how could you tell you were dilated? what kind of difference did you feel before and after beginning to dilate?


It's not a physical feeling I had in my body but a mental one, if that makes sense. My pregnancies so far have been pretty consistent in every way. I've had pretty much the same symptoms (or lack of symptoms) cravings and experiences. After DD we got pregnant with DS#1 when she was 5 mos. so bc I'd just had a baby my cervix didn't close again completely so by time I went for my 36 week exam I was 4cm dilated. This time my son was 8 mos when we found out I was pregnant so I just kind of had this gut feeling telling me that i'd already be a little dilated just from my history. They say every pregnancy is diff and that may be true for most but so far, my pregnancies and labors have been quite predictable. Even my OB calls me "mother of a different breed".

Brittany817 Due March 14; 2 kids; Greensboro, NC, United States 96 posts
10th Feb

Quoting lalalalove [bun#2!]:
i'm very curious, how could you tell you were dilated? what kind of difference did you feel before and after beginning to dilate?


It's not a physical feeling I had in my body but a mental one, if that makes sense. My pregnancies so far have been pretty consistent in every way. I've had pretty much the same symptoms (or lack of symptoms) cravings and experiences. After DD we got pregnant with DS#1 when she was 5 mos. so bc I'd just had a baby my cervix didn't close again completely so by time I went for my 36 week exam I was 4cm dilated. This time my son was 8 mos when we found out I was pregnant so I just kind of had this gut feeling telling me that i'd already be a little dilated just from my history. They say every pregnancy is diff and that may be true for most but so far, my pregnancies and labors have been quite predictable. Even my OB calls me "mother of a different breed".

Brittany817 Due March 14; 2 kids; Greensboro, NC, United States 96 posts
10th Feb

Quoting Super Mommy!:
I was walking around 4cm for close to 4 weeks, and I felt zero difference. My husband doesn't make any remarks like that, he knows every pregnancy can be totally different, and that the body can do and react differently, as well. 


         Yeah, that's what my husband knows too that's why he said that with DD and DS#1 everything happened fast so he said that bc he feels like I was just assuming based off the past and most ppl's pregnancies are completely different. But it was more of a gut feeling that I had than actually feeling my cervix open up. I hope I never feel that. But given my history of pregnancy, labor and delivery, it's best for us to assume bc if we don't I could end up having this baby at home or in the car! lol

lalalalove [+2! ♥] 2 kids; Gainesville, Florida 2071 posts
10th Feb

Quoting Brittany817:

It's not a physical feeling I had in my body but a mental one, if that makes sense. My pregnancies so far have been pretty consistent in every way. I've had pretty much the same symptoms (or lack of symptoms) cravings and experiences. After DD we got pregnant with DS#1 when she was 5 mos. so bc I'd just had a baby my cervix didn't close again completely so by time I went for my 36 week exam I was 4cm dilated. This time my son was 8 mos when we found out I was pregnant so I just kind of had this gut feeling telling me that i'd already be a little dilated just from my history. They say every pregnancy is diff and that may be true for most but so far, my pregnancies and labors have been quite predictable. Even my OB calls me "mother of a different breed".


gotcha, i figured it was more of a motherly intuition kind of thing, but was just curious. :) with DS1 i delivered at 34w4d, so i hadn't been checked at all prior to going in to labor, and don't know how long i was dilating or how much, but i was 5cm when i went in to the hospital after my waters started leaking. i think my early delivery had a lot to do with my stress level at the time, as well as my job, which was pretty hard/tiring physically, even with my awesome co-workers being super supportive and helping pick up some of the slack for me. this pregnancy has been unassisted (primarily due to lack of insurance and a ridiculous nightmare of a mix-up with DCF's system that has prevented me from getting medicaid so far), but i was checked about two weeks ago when i spent 2 days in the hospital thanks to a nasty stomach virus leaving me severely dehydrated, and the doctor said i was 1cm, but that it's normal since i've delivered vaginally before. i don't really have any particular "feelings" about my dilation currently, but i feel like he's definitely engaged (he was head down on ultrasound at the hospital), as my heartburn has gone from non-stop to pretty much non-existent, and i've hit that peeing every 15 minutes / after every sip of liquid stage, LOL. i envy your easy, predictable pregnancies! 46

Brittany817 Due March 14; 2 kids; Greensboro, NC, United States 96 posts
11th Feb

I can't stand hire Medicaid does sometimes! I was 6 months with my daughter before I got approved. It's crazy. But I hope this labor abd delivery goes better for you. I wish all my fortunate easy and speedy births on every Ethan I come I contact with bc  ask my friends talk like they went through horrid labor. I don't know what it's like at all and I've never even had meds. I also hope you deliver a healthy and beautiful baby! :D

lalalalove [+2! ♥] 2 kids; Gainesville, Florida 2071 posts
11th Feb

Quoting Brittany817:
I can't stand hire Medicaid does sometimes! I was 6 months with my daughter before I got approved. It's crazy. But I hope this labor abd delivery goes better for you. I wish all my fortunate easy and speedy births on every Ethan I come I contact with bc  ask my friends talk like they went through horrid labor. I don't know what it's like at all and I've never even had meds. I also hope you deliver a healthy and beautiful baby! :D


thank you! i hope your next delivery is as easy as your previous ones. fortunately my labor/delivery was really easy and quick, just the pregnancy has been rough both times. and yeah i've been really frustrated with DCF lately for sure!