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Old Sep 19th, 2012, 23:55 PM   1
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Can you tell if you are starting to dilate?


Sorry, this is probably a very stupid question, but I keep seeing stories here of women starting to dilate before they go into proper labour. What does it feel like? Can you tell its happening? Is it a sign labour is close?

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Old Sep 20th, 2012, 00:05 AM   2
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What I remember when it was my turn years ago is that the first thing that will happen it will be the mucus plug coming out.in my case that happen like 3 days before I got into labor.I had very low back pains and some pulling in the front.my doctor told me to take a warm bath and if the pains grow bigger then are really contraction.you can always touch your cervix and see how it is.



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Old Sep 20th, 2012, 00:47 AM   3
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Generally a sign that you are starting to dilate is loosing some of you mucus plug, but this does not mean labour is imminent. I lost a big blob of mucus around 34 weeks. Then little bits kept coming out, until about 38 weeks when I had a bloody show, then at 39 weeks I had another smaller bloody show... but yet still no baby!



 
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Old Sep 20th, 2012, 02:48 AM   4
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My mucus plug has been coming out for weeks, no bloody show yet!

unfortunately i think this is the only outwards sign and its not a very good one as you can see as it really varies from woman to woman!!

I wondered about feeling shooting pains down there as i have had a fiar amount of sharp pains when i think its my cervix. I had similar pains before an early labour scare when they examined me they said i had effaced, so i am hoping perhaps the same pains now mean a little dilation.

Good luck!! x



 
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Old Sep 20th, 2012, 04:49 AM   5
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My mucus plug has been coming out for weeks, no bloody show yet!

unfortunately i think this is the only outwards sign and its not a very good one as you can see as it really varies from woman to woman!!

I wondered about feeling shooting pains down there as i have had a fiar amount of sharp pains when i think its my cervix. I had similar pains before an early labour scare when they examined me they said i had effaced, so i am hoping perhaps the same pains now mean a little dilation.

Good luck!! x
Ive been getting these too, midwife said its the cervix 'ripening' whatever that means



 
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Old Sep 20th, 2012, 04:49 AM   6
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I think some of the time we hear about women dilating before labour because (as I gather) in the US they receive internal exams from around 38 weeks (please correct me if I'm wrong US ladies). So ladies in the US often know about how dilated and effaced they are before labour starts, whereas in the UK we have to wait until we're in labour to see!



 
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Old Sep 20th, 2012, 05:08 AM   7
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my mucus plug has started to fall away and im only 29weeks



 
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Old Sep 20th, 2012, 07:32 AM   8
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I think some of the time we hear about women dilating before labour because (as I gather) in the US they receive internal exams from around 38 weeks (please correct me if I'm wrong US ladies). So ladies in the US often know about how dilated and effaced they are before labour starts, whereas in the UK we have to wait until we're in labour to see!
Some docs will check around 36 weeks just to see That doesn't seem to fair to the UK ladies. That would drive me nuts lol



 
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Old Sep 20th, 2012, 11:12 AM   9
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I think it depends. My MiL said that when she was pregnant with my hubby she had an appointment and they said she was 5cm dilated and she didnt even know.

I'm 1/2 a cm (not much) and I had no idea.



 
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