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Old Mar 23rd, 2013, 20:09 PM   1
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Dilated without contractions


So, I went to my 36 weeks appointment last week and found out that I was 1 cm dilated and my OB said she could feel the top of baby's head. Then went for my 37 weeks appointment last Wednesday and I was 4 cm dilated with no big contractions. My OB told that baby would probably come till Sunday. Here I am, sitting on Saturday evening and feeling only lower back pain and a couple of contractions here and there. But I had these kind of contractions before as well.

So, then I talked to my sister and she told me that her contractions started after her OB broke her water at 8 cm. She said she didn't feel a lot of things until then.

Now, I am wondering, if nothing happens until Sunday afternoon, should I go to the hospital and be checked? I don't want to walk around with 6-7 cm dilated cervix. What do you think ladies? What would you do?



 
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Old Mar 23rd, 2013, 20:27 PM   2
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With my last daughter I only had lower back pain - no contractions. I went to my 38 wk appt and when doc checked me he asked (with surprise in his voice) if i had been having contractions - I told him no just an achey back and he said well you're 5cm dilated so go home get your bag and go to hospital. Once I got to the hospital they gave me the option of breaking my water to get things moving. Of course once they did the contractions came and I delivered about 6-7 hrs later. I'm a little surprised that at 4cm they didn't send you the hospital and get things moving along. I assume that your doc is just trying to give baby a little more time? If it were me I don't think I'd wait for my next appt - I'd probably go to hospital Sunday or Monday to get checked. Worse that can happen is they send you home - if you've been contracting since then you're prob still dilating. Good luck - either way it wont be too much longer if you're at 4cm!



 
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Old Mar 23rd, 2013, 20:44 PM   3
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Thank you for your response. My baby measured at 30th percentile last time, so I guess, as you said, my OB wanted her to stay in as long as possible. After she found out that I was 4 cm dilated (she was very surprised by the way), she sent me to have Non Stress Test to check how baby is doing and to check if I have any contractions, which I did not. But she was very sure that baby would arrive this weekend.

I guess, I will go tomorrow and be checked. My OB is on call this weekend, so that is a big plus for me.



 
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Old Mar 23rd, 2013, 22:09 PM   4
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I would wait it out at home, things will start naturally when baby and your body are ready. It's not like you can feel that you're 4 or 6 cm dilated if youre not contracting, you would have no idea unless your OB checks.. Mine doesn't check for dilation unless you are past due.

I hear some women can walk around 4 cm dilated for a month! Personally I don't like spending extra time at the hospital, and induction/pitocin do not exactly sound like fun so I plan on avoiding unnecessary intervention and staying at home as long as possible.

That said, you probably don't have long to wait anyway!



 
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Old Mar 24th, 2013, 10:18 AM   5
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My coworker was 2 cm dilated (or 4cm i forget) for over a month. Doc told her to stop working out or moving too much to ensure that baby stays in and she doesn't go into labor.



 
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Old Mar 24th, 2013, 10:34 AM   6
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I think if your concern ring up and ask them if it possible to get checked out as ive noticed few girls saying they never felt there contractions. My mum also had this with my brother.



 
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Old Mar 24th, 2013, 11:22 AM   7
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I have been dialated at 3 for almost 4 weeks now.. the only contractions i knew of was the BH.. so now im just to the point i dont know what is real and what isnt.. all i know is some is FREAKING painful..



 
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Old Mar 24th, 2013, 11:33 AM   8
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If you are concerned go get checked out.



 
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Old Mar 24th, 2013, 17:57 PM   9
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Thank you ladies, for taking your time and replying to me.

I called my doctor and she wanted me to come just in case. I am still 4 cm dilated and 60% effaced. I am having contractions now, although still not frequent enough for a labor, they are there. She sent me home but warned me to be careful, like not driving the car myself and not being alone outside for too long.

So, we are impatiently waiting for our little baby Sarah Nalan



 
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Old Mar 24th, 2013, 18:38 PM   10
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What do your contractions feel like?

Last Monday, at my doctors appointment, I was 2cm dilated and 95% effaced with absolutely no cramps or anything. Over the past 3 days (or better nights), I have had some mild period like cramps on and off. Nothing really painful. So now I am curious, if those could be contractions. I have another doctors appointment tomorrow, so I will know f I have dilated more.



 
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