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August 14th, 2006, 02:18 PM
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Last week at 36w2d, I had a closed, hard cervix. Nothing was happening. Over the past couple of days, I've had twinges and just the feeling that something was happening. Yep! Today, 37w1d, just 6 days after the last appointment, I'm 1.5-2cm dilated and 40% effaced. I know that those numbers wouldn't mean so much if not for the speed of the change. I also peed a little while ago and there was a little red clot and some brownish blood, but it wasn't really mucus-y, just sort of like the end of a period. Is this the plug, or just some major irritation from the exam today?

What does this rapid dilation/effacement mean? My doc said a few times that I might go before DH's bday--on the 23rd.

The baby has also turned posterior. Fine. I'm planning to do this all naturally, so I'm wondering if there's anything I can do specifically to alleviate that particular pain during labor. Any suggestions? Or just treat it as back labor, in general? I'll admit--first-time parents and we didn't take any childbirth courses. Our options were limited and the doula said that he and I probably know more than the instructor, who's just reading out of a book. I'm not afraid of labor, but I certainly wasn't expecting to hear that it might happen within the week!!!
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August 14th, 2006, 07:45 PM
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I found this good resource on posterior babies. You may still have time to get the baby to turn before labor begins.
http://www.motherspirit.net/articles/pregn...preventpost.htm

I'm sure it mentions the pelvic tilt, but here is another site that describes it in more detail:
http://www.waukeshamemorial.org/OPag...geID=OTH000377

Here are some positions for labor, and it recommends the hands and knees/kneeling positions for back pain or a posterior baby:
http://www.transitiontoparenthood.com/ttp/...n/positions.htm

As for not taking a childbirth class - I wasn't going to either, but my doula required that we take a class. It was okay because it was through the doula foundation. I'm sure the hospital sponsored one would have been useless. The good news is that I had already learned all the info that was presented. You mentioned having a doula, so I'll bet she has some ideas for your posterior baby too.
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August 14th, 2006, 08:32 PM
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I would not be surprised one bit if it happened for you very soon. At my 36 week 3 day appointment I was dialated to 1cm and just starting to soften (no effacement yet). Over the weekend I was growing rapidly uncomfortable, couldn't really do much (wasn't the best Christmas I had ). I lost my plug over the course of that weekend. Then at my 37 week 1 day appointment I was 2cm dialated and 75% effaced--no wonder I was so uncomfortable! Less than 3 days later I was holding my baby in my arms. Good luck to you!
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August 15th, 2006, 09:10 AM
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Last week at 36w2d, I had a closed, hard cervix. Nothing was happening. Over the past couple of days, I've had twinges and just the feeling that something was happening. Yep! Today, 37w1d, just 6 days after the last appointment, I'm 1.5-2cm dilated and 40% effaced. I know that those numbers wouldn't mean so much if not for the speed of the change. I also peed a little while ago and there was a little red clot and some brownish blood, but it wasn't really mucus-y, just sort of like the end of a period. Is this the plug, or just some major irritation from the exam today?

What does this rapid dilation/effacement mean? My doc said a few times that I might go before DH's bday--on the 23rd.

The baby has also turned posterior. Fine. I'm planning to do this all naturally, so I'm wondering if there's anything I can do specifically to alleviate that particular pain during labor. Any suggestions? Or just treat it as back labor, in general? I'll admit--first-time parents and we didn't take any childbirth courses. Our options were limited and the doula said that he and I probably know more than the instructor, who's just reading out of a book. I'm not afraid of labor, but I certainly wasn't expecting to hear that it might happen within the week!!![/b]
All I can do is give you my experience with rapid dilation. I dilated to a two in one week from having a hard tight cervix.... I still didnt deliver for 3 weeks. Hopefully it doesnt drag out as long for you! I stayed at that two until I finally had my water broken because I had been having 5min apart contractions for quite a while and wasnt dilating any further. After that I finally progressed. As far as the mucus plug goes.... If its anything like mine you'll KNOW when it comes, lol. It was pretty huge and gross. I swear it had to weigh a quarter of a pound. Hope this helped a little!
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