38 weeks pregnant, 5cm dilated and 70 % effaced

Monica - posted on 10/14/2014 ( 1 mom has responded )




Im 38 weeks pregnant with my second little girl today, I went to the doc yesterday and im almost 5cm and 70 % effaced. I was 4cm the week before and 3cm the week before that. I haven't been having too many contractions, I feel like it's taking forever and im really uncomfortable. My doctor didn't think I would make it to this week, im just wondering has this happened to anyone else? Im worried about my labor coming on all at once and going too fast. Thanks!


Chet - posted on 10/14/2014




How dilated, or effaced you are isn't a hugely reliable indicator of when you will go into labour. You can go for weeks at 3, 4 or 5cm dilated. And I've heard of women getting to 7 or 8cm before they go into active labour, although I don't think that's very common.

The truth is, you could go into labour in a hour, or you could go another two weeks. Most likely, it's somewhere in between!

I have no idea how I progressed leading up to my labours. I denied internal exams. I figured there was no benefit to knowing. The baby was going to be born when it was going to be born. Tracking my dilation and effacement was just going to make me crazy. :-)

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