Dilating/effacing question

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Dilating/effacing question

Just out of curiosity I browse the threads on babycenter and saw one about a girl who at 29 weeks found out she was dilated and effaced somewhat. how would you even find that out? Do your docs do internal exams at your regular visits?

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Wow, really? Mine doesn't.. maybe she was having complications before that??

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Ya, mine either...maybe she was having contractions or something... I always take a bit of information, over think it, and end up worrying about crap needlessly.

My current worry? Baby's position- breech or vertex? Doc never seems to check that specifically either. With DD I don't remember ever being told she was in one position or the other, but I had a spontaneous, vaginal delivery so, they must have known she wasn't breech, right? I have an appointment tomorrow so, I'm going to ask.

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Lol, I do that also!

At my appt last Friday she said "If I had to guess, baby is head down but 34 weeks is still kind of early." But I know I feel his feet up high. So yeah, definitely ask yours tomorrow Smile

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If you're having any kind of symptoms of labor - tight tummy, back spasms, etc. - anything that can possibly be a contraction trigger or side effect, they may check you to see if they are BH - which do nothing - or true contractions which will dialate and efface..
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I was checked at 18w due to contractions thankfully no progress. 4 weeks ago though my cervix is softening and I am a fingertip dilated but thankfully no more progress since then.

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I was NEVER checked with DD and I had her by planned c-section at 38w4d because she was breech. At my midwife appt last Friday I told her I thought I was having Braxton Hicks and she said that was normal and didn't check anything.

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I was checked at 26 because of contractions and found I was a fingertip. When I was checked at 28 to make sure I wasn't really dilating they found I was 1cm and had nearly no cervix left. And you guys know the story from there. For a normal pregnancy, they usually check at 36 weeks or later if at all.