80 effaced

Tiffany - posted on 09/01/2013 ( 2 moms have responded )

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So I've heard that orange juice, walking and sex puts you into active labour. Well I've done all that and nothing. I do tons of walking. Blahh. Anyways I'm not sure why pregnant women are trying everything and anything to go into labour. Ill be 37weeks tomorrow sept 2nd. And I'm not trying to get myself into labour right now.. but my question is, what's 80 effaced mean.

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Tiffany - posted on 09/01/2013

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My doctor told me I was 80percent effaced.. I have to do an ultrasound, stress test and see my doctor every week. The tress test is twice a week. They are doing it cause my baby is a bit on the smaller side but is very healthy. When will I reach the dialation part?

Kristi - posted on 09/01/2013

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80% effaced: how thin the cervix has become. 20% more and full dilation means its time to push. And yes, no need to speed up your delivery date. The baby will come when its ready. Now if you are over due, dont sweat that too much either. If your dates are 100% accurate, and you are overdue, then yes, sex can help, as semen has a chemical that can induce contractions, but only if its time. And the gravity that occurs w/ walking helps, especially while IN active labor...if your hospital will let you walk w/ your IV.

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