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Old Aug 20th, 2013, 16:01 PM   1
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33 weeks and no thinning at all? advice?


So I had an u/s today, and a cervical length scan..I am dilated to a fingertip, but my cervix is the same length at 4.3 cm..

The ultrasound tech said I'd probably go a full 40 weeks rather than closer to 37 like I want. This is my 2nd, with an 8 year age gap between my dd and ds.

Do any of you have experience with this and still go into labor around 37 weeks? Only reason I am hoping I do is because 2 weeks ago he measured at 4 lb 9 oz, and is gaining a tad bit over half a pound a week. I really don't want to have a 10 lb baby lol.



 
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Old Aug 20th, 2013, 16:13 PM   2
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So I had an u/s today, and a cervical length scan..I am dilated to a fingertip, but my cervix is the same length at 4.3 cm..

The ultrasound tech said I'd probably go a full 40 weeks rather than closer to 37 like I want. This is my 2nd, with an 8 year age gap between my dd and ds.

Do any of you have experience with this and still go into labor around 37 weeks? Only reason I am hoping I do is because 2 weeks ago he measured at 4 lb 9 oz, and is gaining a tad bit over half a pound a week. I really don't want to have a 10 lb baby lol.
My advice is to stop getting cervical checks and just accept that your baby will come when s/he is ready. It's a cervix, not a crystal ball. Dilation/effacement is really not all that great at predicting the onset of labor.

This article does a good job breaking it down.



 
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Old Aug 20th, 2013, 16:18 PM   3
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My dr had me getting cervical length checks at every ultrasound every 2 weeks because I was in preterm labor with dd from 27 weeks on. I didn't really get to decide, as they do them to just make sure that ds is not going to come early. I also get a ffn done every 2 weeks, but won't have the results from that until tomorrow or Thursday.

I know he will come when ready, I was just asking if it's normal for a cervix to not thin out a few weeks ahead of time. The way the tech made it sound to me was that if I am not already beginning to thin out some, then I definitely won't go into labor until at least 40 weeks. With gd, I also don't want to have to be induced if they decide he is getting to big. I just kind of want to have a ball park idea of whether or not I will be able to go into labor on my own in a timely fashion before they take the spontaneity away from the experience.

So, I'm just wondering if it's still possible to go into labor whenever, without your cervix already thinning out? No, I don't want to go into labor now, nor before 37 weeks, but I would like to before 40 for sure..



 
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Old Aug 20th, 2013, 16:22 PM   4
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Oh, it wasn't an internal exam either..It was an ultrasound cervical length scan. I've only had an internal exam done once so far, and that was while I was in the hospital having contractions every 3 to 4 minutes for a few hours. Turned out they were bh, as after the exam they stopped. Even though I had been up walking, laying on my side, drinking water, etc..They only stopped after the exam was done.



 
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I agree, I would stop worrying about it, ultrasound estimates are just estimates which can be off.



 
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Old Aug 20th, 2013, 16:28 PM   6
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So, I'm just wondering if it's still possible to go into labor whenever, without your cervix already thinning out? No, I don't want to go into labor now, nor before 37 weeks, but I would like to before 40 for sure..
There have been a lot of ladies who aren't dilated and drs say they will go overdue and go into labor within hours.



 
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Old Aug 20th, 2013, 18:02 PM   7
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You're way to early to be checking any dilation or effacement at this point. Dr usually won't check before 36 weeks at earliest!



 
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Old Aug 20th, 2013, 18:13 PM   8
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As far as I'm aware, some women don't thin until well into labour. Stay calm, mama xx



 
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Old Aug 21st, 2013, 03:22 AM   9
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I would try not to worry about it too much.
They can only tell so much from scans so its unlikely they know the exact size of your baby. I've never known for a baby weight estimate to be correct.
They induced my friend at 38 weeks as they said the baby was too small and was only 5lb. Baby was born and was 6.5lb so not bad at all.
They told me I was going to have a 10lb baby but DD was 8lb8oz, so again not bad i think. And a lot of worry over nothing!!

I can't comment on cervical length etc as this isn't something they ever look at in the UK. But your baby will come when they are ready and I'm sure they're size will be fine also.

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Old Aug 21st, 2013, 04:46 AM   10
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I was told I would certainly go to my due date or over when I was 38 weeks with my dd.

3 days later I was in the hospital giving birth to her.

Anything is possible.



 
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