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June 21st, 2012, 05:59 PM
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I had my usual Thursday appointments with my regular and high risk doctors today. All is well with baby and my GD seems to be under control. However, I was told that I am 80% effaced, at 0 station and not dilated at all. (I was last checked at 31 weeks, 50% effaced and closed.) I was thinking this is ok until the doctor said "If he decides to come, then he's just gonna come". Should I be worried that I'm gonna go into labor soon? I know what all the terminology means, I'm just not sure what to make of it all in a addition to the comment from the doctor.
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June 21st, 2012, 09:24 PM
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Well, a woman can go from zero dialation, zero effacement to full on labor in a matter of days. I think with my first that I was 70% effaced and 2cm dialated for about a month...With my second I was dialated 3cm for a looong time. And I would consider dialation more. So even with great effacement, with no dialation I wouldnt worry. Besides, you're far enough along that baby would probably be okay if she came in a week or 2.
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June 22nd, 2012, 01:30 AM
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I have no idea what your doctor was exactly thinking, but my guess is something along the lines of most doctors won't try to stop labor at 34 weeks or more, so...of he wants to come, then they will let him My docs have said the same s/p 34 weeks.
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June 22nd, 2012, 02:06 AM
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Maybe he just ment that if you go into labor now they wont stop it? 0 station means he's engaged, but you aren't dilating yet, so that's a good thing.
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June 22nd, 2012, 05:02 AM
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Your cervix is very thin (80% effaced) and baby is pretty low at zero station. So, the odds are pretty high that your labor will be quicker than the average labor. With a thin cervix, when you start dilating, you tend to skip the one cm per hour rule and go faster.
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June 22nd, 2012, 06:24 AM
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It makes sense that they wouldn't stop my labor if it started at this point, so I am going to assume that is what the doctor meant. I didn't even think of it that way....thank you ladies! Wouldn't it be nice if we could accurately predict when our babies will arrive? It would save us a lot of wondering and freaking out at least
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June 22nd, 2012, 06:30 AM
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Your cervix is very thin (80% effaced) and baby is pretty low at zero station. So, the odds are pretty high that your labor will be quicker than the average labor. With a thin cervix, when you start dilating, you tend to skip the one cm per hour rule and go faster.
This is good to know since i'm nearly an hour away from the hospital! I was effaced early and had a short cervix with my last pregnancy and went into preterm labor at 31 weeks. Once they took me off the magnesium, my daughter arrived VERY quickly.
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June 22nd, 2012, 06:48 AM
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Oh in that case, I'd head to L&D whenever you get ctx 10 mins apart or lasting about a minute long. I wouldn't wait longer than an hour after your first pattern of ctx's. You must have one of those "melt away" cervixes that happily give way to baby. Not a bad thing
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June 22nd, 2012, 07:22 AM
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It sounds like your body is just doing what it needs to be doing.

I have an hour drive and had a quick labor (although I was induced) with my first. My midwife said to call as soon as I had any consistent contractions and depending on the time of day, etc she'll have me come in.
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