Is there a week it usually starts to dilate slowly until delivery? Or is it something that once it starts dilating that means labour is coming very soon? When did/do your dr's and midwives start to check for that?
I'm pretty sure they start around 37 weeks (US).
With my first I wasn't dilated at all at my 39 week appointment, had her at 39w3d.
My second I was dilated a 3-4 at 38 1/2 weeks and had her at 39w5d.
My third I don't really remember but I had a sweep at 38 weeks and had her at 38w3d.
Everyone is different. Some people dilate weeks before delivery.....some don't start dilating till labor has started! My girlfriend was 1cm dilated at 28 weeks and didn't deliver till 39 weeks. Also, 2nd 3rd 4th etc pregnancies tend to start to dilate earlier but still don't mean labor is eminent.
I think they start checking around 37 weeks....
I was 2cm dilated on Monday when I had my sweep, had another one today and still 2cm dilated. My cervix is still thick and baby not engaged yet, so who knows how long it will take! Apparently you can walk around 4cm dilated and not even know it, yet when I had my daughter I was in agony by the time I was 4cm dilated and had been having contractions for 2 days, so I think every pregnancy is different.
I am 35 weeks, and last week I was having cramps in my lower belly and when I called the dr he wanted me to come in for monitoring. So I went in, and they monitored me and checked me out, and discovered that I was 1cm dilated! They sent me home and told me to rest, but that it was very possible that I was going to go into labor later that evening. Well, I've been home ever since, and LO is still in my tummeh!
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