How can you check how many cm dilated you are in labor??
Hi everyone!! I am unsure if I should have put this in 3rd tri, or where I should have put this is general, but I was really wondering if there is anyway to check how many cm dilated you are during labor.
I am probably going to give birth in a hospital with my OB, despite the fact that I wont be able to be active or anything and basically just get hooked up to a machine and have them tell me I need epidural and I need a csection, etc etc.
ANYWAYSSSSS, since I already had my little rant about that and am not really fond on switching to a midwife because I am comfortable with my doctor, I was hoping I can labor at home until I am maybe about 5 cm.?? (Someone told me you can usually labor to there at home before going in.)
Well, anyway, I am hoping to labor at home as long as I am able to, and was wondering if I can tell how many cm I am or when I know what the "last call" is, to go to the hospital.
There is going to be variation--my doctor would say I was 4 cm and 90% effaced, but later that day the hospital nurses would say I was at 3 cm and 20% effaced...(with my son we had several false alarms because I was a very excited first time mom, so we went to the hospital a LOT!)
When I was in active labor and deciding to go to the hospital with my daughter I waited until I was starting to feel the pain was unmanagable. To be honest, I thought I was transitioning (7-10 cm) and when we got there found I was "only" at a five. For a first time mom, its going to take 1-2 hours of *active* labor per cm. So if your doctor checks you at your office visit and says you are at a 3, and then you go into hard labor you could figure 2-3 hours of laboring at home is going to get you to a five. If you aren't dilated at all, it's going to take even longer. If your contractions aren't hard & hurting yet, you may be dilating more slowly so it may take longer. I think a lot of first time moms start having regular contractions and think "great, I'm 10 minutes apart, I can go in!" but if you wait until you are having a harder time getting through them, and then go in, chances are you will be much farther on when you get there.
It took me a long time to go from 2-3 to 7cm but 7 to baby being out was a lot quicker. I went into the hospital to be checked over after my waters broke and they found my BP was up so i was kept in. I was 2-3 at about 2am and by lunchtime I was only 5cm. I had amelie at 3.15pm. SO, the 1cm every 1-2 hours doesnt really work for everyone.
There are articles online about checking your own dialation - but it's a very controversial topic and not everyone agree's with it. DH did try to check mine a few days before I was induced, as I was told by Dr I was already 2cm but he was totally lost as to what he should or shouldn't be feeling.
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