dilated, effaced and baby has dropped?

Justine - posted on 12/09/2009 ( 11 moms have responded )




I went to the doctor, my OB told me that I am 1 cm dilated, 70% effaced and the baby has dropped and is way down in my pelvis... Does this mean he is on his way soon!? What are your stories?


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Justine - posted on 12/09/2009




i was 2 cm for about 3 1/2 weeks, lost the mucous plug in there somewhere, not really sure when, so it def means you are getting ready, but it doesnt necessarily mean soon. its really exciting tho, because you can see the light at the end of the tunnel, you are in the home stretch, readyf or the breakaway, hahah sorry i ran out of sports analogies, but anyway, good luck and congratulations, you will do great!

Cori - posted on 12/09/2009




start the skipping now! I was dialated at 3 cm and 75% effaced the day before I had my son and I skipped alll over my block after i got home form the dr's and went into labor 4 hours later!

Bianca - posted on 12/09/2009




i was exactly the same as you for 2 weeks, my water finally broke at 330 am and i was only dialated to 2cms, they had to do a pitossin drip to speed up the process because i wasnt progressing on my own, 15 1/2 hours later i had my baby! every woman is different tho, my cousin was like that only a week then had her lil girl

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it doesnt always mean that your close when i was 23 an a half weeks pregnant i went to get an ultra sound to see what i was having an at the same time i found out i was having a boy i also found out i was 50% effaced an my son was low in my pelvis so then i had to go on strick bed rest for ten weeks the my doctor didnt think i was going to make it till 24 weeks so i got shots of steriods when i was 25 weeks an by 34 weeks i was 1cm dilated an by 36 weeks i was 2 cm an still 50% affaced an then 12 days before my due date i got induced because my son was getting to big he was 8lbs 7.4oz . so it doesnt always mean its coming because i spent almost half of my pregnany 50% effaced but it could also mean your getting very close have you lost your mucis plug yet or had your bloody show if so then that is just another to get you closer to see your baby good luck with everything

Tara - posted on 12/09/2009




Definitely agree with Betsy - I was 3 cm and 50% for 4 weeks with my first girl, then 2 cm and not effaced at all but went into spontaneous labor 9 days overdue with my 2nd girl and had a 6 hour labour (first contraction to delivery). Your body is definitely getting ready, congrats on your soon-to-be-here little one :)

Crystal - posted on 12/09/2009




I was a four for 2 weeks before they scheduled inducement and then the day I was to be induced she came on her own..but you are getting closer..congrats and good luck!

Katrina - posted on 12/09/2009




it means you are getting ready ..but just dont get too excited..it happened to me and they induced me 2 weeks later

Shannon - posted on 12/09/2009




You are certainly getting there! It could be tomorrow, or it could be a few weeks. I was about that with my first for almost a month before he was born.

Betsy - posted on 12/09/2009




It means your body is getting ready. It doesn't tell you how long it will be. I was dilated 3 cm with #3 for over 3 weeks! But then again, sometimes you aren't dialated or effaced at all, then go into labor which happened with my 5th pregnancy with the twins at 36 wks. All it means is your body is preparing for delivery. Your baby will be here before you know though!! Have a happy and safe delivery.

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