How important is dialating (sp)?

Kristi - posted on 07/11/2009 ( 11 moms have responded )

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I will be 40 weeks on Monday with my 2nd child. I was wondering if most of you started dialating before you were having contractions? I went to the doctor yesterday and have not started to dialate yet but have been having awful cramping for a week now. I wasn't sure if I could be having contractions and labor could start without being dialated. Please share info!! Thanks a lot

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As others have said, it varies wildly but in general women do not drop, dilate or any of that fun stuff until they are in labor AFTER THE FIRST CHILD. It's like your body knows the drill now so it doesn't take much early preparation to make things work. Everything just sort of happens all at once. Good luck!

Kate - posted on 07/11/2009

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You can be up to 5 cm dialated for weeks and not have the baby. Or, you can be totally undialated and have the baby in a matter of hours. All women are different. Obviously dialation is EVENTUALLY important because that's how you get your baby out! But it's not important in advance, no.

Sara - posted on 07/11/2009

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I dint start dialating before my contraction was 5min apart for couple of hours. it will hapen when its the good time. Good luck

Lindsie - posted on 07/11/2009

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i was dialated at 1cm for a bout a month. They kept telling me i wouldnt go to my due date, well on my due date the ended up inducing me!! That wasnt to bad besides the fact that it took soooo long!!!

Samantha - posted on 07/11/2009

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My water had been broken for over 48 hours before I was admitted to the hospital. When they admitted me I was 1 cm and I wouldn't dilate so they gave me platosom (sp?) to get me dilating. I must say though for a week before my water broke I was having very strong braxton hicks like I had never felt before. They were not enough to make me cry but enough to stop me in my tracks. Your body might still be preparing but I would get ready because it is probably coming soon!!

Libby - posted on 07/11/2009

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What came first, the chicken or the egg? It's different with everybody. With my first I was dialated 1cm before my water broke. Some women's water don't break and the doc does it. Some don't dialate and they get a medicine to help it. It's different for everybody. Yes, you could be having contractions and not dialating yet. Just hang in there. This should be your week!!

Jennifer - posted on 07/11/2009

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Every body and every baby is different! I kept being told last time I would deliver early...i was at 2 cm over 4 weeks before my due date and every week at the doctors I would be another 1/2 cm or full cm more dilated and they kept saying "any day now!" well this went on for a month and 5 days before my due date I clocked in at 5 cm and didn't go into labor until my actual due date and was 6cm when I got to the hospital! Then I had a friend who was a few days after her due date and was only at 1 cm when she got to the hospital after going into labor the morning before they were going to induce her. So there's no way of knowing! You could be dilating and labor still weeks away or not dilated and go from 0 to 10 in a matter of hours. Babies like to keep us guessing!

Jodie - posted on 07/11/2009

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you will probably start to dialate soon if you're that over due and contracting!! But i was induced with my twins and it did not hurt at all!!! The only difference its that my contractions came on more quickly than if i'd gone in to labour naturally, so dont be scared it will all happen when it's ready

Rhionna - posted on 07/11/2009

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Everyone is different, with my !st two, I had a show and then contractions started, But with my little girl I was 4cm 2days before my waters broke and I still wasn't contracting so had to be induced. You can start with a few pains before you start to dilate, it's just your body getting ready. When you have a show that is caused by your cervix beginning to dilate. Hang on in there, it won't be long now! Good luck!

LISA - posted on 07/11/2009

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i was stuck at one cm for a week until the day I was in the hospital to have him then I went from that to seven in 3 hours but them they had to stop the contractions because he flipped last minute and i was rushed into c-section... so don't worry but i hear that induction of labor hurts horribly... just the truth... and you start haveing contractions before you even know it or even feel them... but if you feel the need to squat or have pain to the point that the only thing you can do is fold over... go to the hospital!

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