1 cm Dilated - now what?

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I know women can walk around a few cm's dilated for a while, but how long?

My OB says I'm 1cm - I'm experiencing fairly regular contractions pretty much all the time - they're not all that strong. I have NO IDEA when I might need to go to the hospital. I feel very uneasy about this. (My 1st pg I was in the hospital on bedrest already, so I never had to make the call as to when I should go in for active labor.)

Would love any advice...


Joanne - posted on 04/22/2009




Ive been dilated 1cm for a few weeks now. I had really bad BH for 2 days non stop every 10 min and still nothing. im so ready so see my boy. hope all goes well for you

Brenda - posted on 04/22/2009




Well, I hate to tell you but you can go weeks at 1cm or even up to 3 cm. It really doesn't matter much how dialated you are because labor can start without any dialation happening at all.

My doc's advice (and my L&D):

Head to the hospital when you are five minutes apart and a contraction lasts 60 or more seconds, you cannot talk through the contraction and must focus on breathing through the contractions, have either back pains and/or cramping pains that are like menstral cramps, and the contractions last at this level for at least one hour or keep getting stronger during the hour. Stay home and walk as long as you can, drink light fluids, eat lightly and try to keep your energy up. You may or may not lose the mucous plug (or may not notice it if you do), so that isn't a sure sign. You may feel sick to your stomach and get the runs, or you may not.

Of course, head right away if there is blood or your water breaks.

Of course I say this but I'm in the same boat. I was completely induced, had my water broke in the hospital and everything with my first, so this is all new to me too, but that's the advice I've been given as someone who has never had spontaneous labor (heck I don't even know exactly what a natural contraction feels like because I was on high doses of pitocin just to advance my labor with my first).

Brittany - posted on 04/22/2009




My doc said to stay at home as long as possible because after I get to the hospital i'm stuck with no food or drink or anything. They said to come in when the contractions last 1 min and are 5 mins apart for an hour, if my water breaks, or if there's any bleeding.

Kathryn - posted on 04/22/2009




I'm 36 weeks today and had my 2nd internal done yesterday.. at 35 weeks i was dialated a fingertip which is basically nothing, and effaced 20%.. again practically nothing. I can't remember when I started progressing with my daughter.. but it's very common to walk around dialated up to 3 and effaced quite far for a fair amount of time prior to active labor and delivery. But, honestly.. the doctor/midwife will tell you the same as the previous replies.. go when your water leaks or breaks, your contractions are regular painful or NOT and strong or not.. I've seen quite a few women have braxton hicks regularly and didn't think anything of it until they went in and were ready to deliver! So watch those contractions, no matter how they feel, for a time regulated pattern! :) hope that helps!

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I'm currently 2 cm dialated and 60% effaced. The baby is really low so my doctor said I will probably not make it to my due date. I pretty much just have to wait. She said to go to the hospital when my contractions are 5 minutes apart or less and I can no longer talk through them. Since this is not your first pregnancy your doctor may want you to go to the hospital a little sooner. Just do what I did and ask lots of questions, it will make you feel a lot better.


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Heather - posted on 04/22/2009




You could go early but you also could still be late...I was dialated with my first 2 1/2-3 cm for 4 weeks. I havent been checked yet with this baby I go tomorrow.

I also agree if you think you might be in active labor go and get checked worse that happens is they send you home.

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