That might sound like a dumb question and I know contractions cause dilation but is there anything else?
I had an internal last week at 37 weeks to check for possible waters leaking and I asked the midwife if I was dilated at all and she said no and that I'd have to have some fairly strong contractions to have any dilation. what confuses me is that people who have stretch and sweeps get told how far dilated they are and how effaced their cervix is but they've not been having any contractions so how do they get dilated? Braxton hicks?
I'm having a sweep on Friday at 38 weeks in an attempt to get things going before being induced early due to GD. I'm not hopeful it will work but looking forward to seeing if I'm dilated at all!
Prostaglandins (which are in semen) help your cervix to dilate.... so do what got you into this state to get back out of it! Doing the stretch and sweep will also force your body to release some of these hormones as well...but they aren't always successful when done before 40 weeks. Good luck hun!!
SEX! a big O will make you contract a little and it tricks your body into thinking it is proper contractions so then the real contractions come on! and sperm eat their way through your mucous plug, although you have to do it more than once! worked for me xx
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