hi...im 37 weeks pregnant

Heather - posted on 06/04/2009 ( 7 moms have responded )

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hello..im 37 weeks pregnant. i went to the doctor last week and i was 1cm dilated. Im wondering how much longer itll take till i start having contractions. Im totally new to all of this. Ive taken childbirth classes and go to the doctor all the time. But i like to hear other peoples stories on when they started dilating and having contractions just so i can get an idea of this process a lil better.

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Jess - posted on 06/04/2009

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im only 30 weeks but i just read about someone else who was 50% effaced and 1/2 cm dialated i think and peoples responses were all different, some were 1cm dialted or 4cm dialated at between 30-35 weeks and some of them gave birth at 37 weeks and others gave birth at 40 weeks full term.. but if ur 1cm dialated and ur getting no contractions then its probably not a sign of labour .. but then alot of people have their babies at 37 weeks.. i was at my birthing class wed night and a girl brought in her baby she had just given birth to at 37 weeks.. so expect anything.... hopefully u have ur bags all packed and ready to go.. so if u do start getting contractions on a regualar basis that are getting more painful u are ready to go in, if not u may have to wait around till ur baby is ready to come.. good luck :-)

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Megan - posted on 06/05/2009

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i was 1 cm dialated for several weeks before i had my baby... and it "unfortunately" is just an indicator that your gonna have a baby sometime (your big belly is another one lol) When you are more dilated or 100% effaced it will be a much better indicator. Hang in there, you could start labor this afternoon, tomarrow, next week, or in 3 weeks! Just rest up and do what you doing. The day before i was 1 cm. i went into labor 2 centimeters dialated... 4 in a few hours and then 7 in an hour and 10 in a half hour! ya never can tell for sure

Nicole - posted on 06/05/2009

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I was 1cm at about the same time you were and stayed there...I didn't even have Braxton-Hicks contractions until my due date! I went past my due date and had to be induced, I never went into labor on my own. But then I have a friend who is about as pregnant as you are and she's 2cm dialated and been having contractions for the past few weeks so it all depends on the person and the baby.

Natasha - posted on 06/05/2009

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My sister was 2 cm from about 6 months on and the baby came right on time.

Nicole - posted on 06/05/2009

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I had contractions about two weeks before birth. I lost my mucous plug at 38 weeks. I started dilating somewhere between 37-38 weeks. Two days before I delivered I was at five cm. Oh yeah, fully effaced at 39 weeks. I delivered four days past the due date. I had a great natural, un drugged labor. I felt great afterwards. It took forever for my water to break- I was fully dialated when I got to the hospital but 9.5 hours later my water broke. Then half an hour later, out flew Phoebe.

Melissa - posted on 06/04/2009

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its really does depend on the individual case. I had Braxton Hicks contractions from 26 weeks, which didnt do anything for my dilutation. But then when i got induced the contractions also werent connected to my cervix diluating. My contractions were very strong but i wasnt progressing with my diulation.


From other friends of mine that have kids. They have been walking around while being two cm diluated and contractions hadnt started.


Strangely enough, trust me you will know when its time. Its like an inbuilt monitor that mums have. When people told me that when i was pregnant with my little man, i thought they were all nuts but its true. Good luck with everything and i hope you have a smooth labour and delivery x

Kala - posted on 06/04/2009

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i went into early labor at 31 weeks and i was 2 cm dilated but they stopped it, i had him at 37 weeks. i think it depends on how much you are getting around and how much you effaced cuz i was 100% 4 days before i went into labor at 37 weeks, but i had the problem i didn't feel the contractions

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