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How does dilating & effacing feel like? Mel ♥ Ella 17 kids; Arcadia, California 1768 posts
22nd Aug '08

I've been feeling crampy, achy, and increased pressure down there for the past week or 2, and when I finally got checked yesterday, my OB said my cervix is soft, but I'm still closed and hasn't effaced. I asked her what those cramps meant, and she said they're just a sign that my cervix is softening/ripening. I remember when I was induced with my stillborn, the beginning part of my labor just felt like really bad menstrual cramps, then next thing I knew I was 6 cm and 75% effaced. So I was assuming my cramps lately meant I was getting dilated & effaced, but nothing! So should I be looking for another kind of feeling?

SarahAnn Due January 21; 2 kids; Fredericksburg, Virginia 3766 posts
22nd Aug '08

I didn't feel anything but contractions.

♥Bug & Bubba♥ 2 kids; Auburn, Washington 32814 posts
22nd Aug '08
Quoting SarahAnn:
3 kids; nowhere, ca, United States 46959 posts
22nd Aug '08

I just had contractions.. Other than that nada, and when I finally got checked for the first time with Logan I was at a 9 :)

amberwithryan 1 child; Mt. Morris, MI, United States 1186 posts
22nd Aug '08

You can dialate and efface without feeling anything, and you can have horrible contractions and cramps and not get any dialation or effacement. Theres no way of telling without checking.

Pinky-Ascher's Mama 1 child; Washington 887 posts
22nd Aug '08

You aren't technically supposed to "feel" your cervix changing.....

But my doc said that the contractions that I have that come with pressure - (feels like I gotta poo, but there's no poo to be had.....feels like my baby is just gonna pop right on out) Are doing something....

But it's only 5-6 of those a day for me right now, I've had a general increase in pressure, but the contractions with intense downstairs pressure are apparently what changes your cervix. Good luck!

mom of three kiddos! 3 kids; Texas 5868 posts
22nd Aug '08

I felt myself dialted with my baby i could just feel like something was opening but that was only with him and at that point i was only 29 weeks. So that wasnt really good. With my others i never felt myself dialte. Cramps really do just mean you are having some little contractions and they are getting your body ready to have a baby.

JuJus Mommy 1 child; Alabama 432 posts
22nd Aug '08

I was 3 cm and 80 effaced and had no contractions when i was checked. I didn't feel a thing.

amberwithryan 1 child; Mt. Morris, MI, United States 1186 posts
22nd Aug '08
Quoting Pinky37anahaf:
Pinky-Ascher's Mama 1 child; Washington 887 posts
22nd Aug '08
Quoting amberwithryan:
amberwithryan 1 child; Mt. Morris, MI, United States 1186 posts
26th Aug '08

Well Good Luck! And i hope you are progressing because i know how frusterating it is to go through ALL that pain and then find nothing! Plus being nduced is no fun!

Kristen Hansen Due December 21; Japan 4 posts
4th Oct '12

I am in the same boat as you girl! Contractions come regularly, painful even- but all my doctor says is "soft but closed"....it's frustrating!