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Overdue..only 1cm dilated, partially effaced and head still high.. Have questions..

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Old 06-01-2005, 08:17 AM   #1
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Overdue..only 1cm dilated, partially effaced and head still high.. Have questions..


Ok.. Here is whats going on.. I was at my midwife's office yesterday thinking I was a week overdue (due date was supposed to be May 23) well she read my chart and pushed my due date back 5 days (may 28) . So she wants me to wait another week to see if labor will start on its own.
But I have some questions if any of you could answer Id really appreciate it.

First she did an internal and I was only 1cm dilated and partially effaced (she didnt give me a percentage) .. So what can that mean? Does it mean that I am far for being ready for labor or can things change real quick?

Second.. when she was doing the internal she said the babies head was quite high and that if I get induced It could lead to a section if I dont have enough energy to push the baby out. Have any of you had this problem? I talked to a doula yesterday and she said alot of times in labor the head will push down on its own. But I am still concerned .

I really do not want to be induced but I am also really tired of being pregnant and getting my dates changed every time I go in to the office.

Please let me know what you think..
Im trying to not get stressed but let me tell you its hard!


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Old 06-01-2005, 10:18 PM   #2
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Re: Overdue..only 1cm dilated, partially effaced and head still high.. Have questions..

My understanding is that the amount you are dialated/effaced means absolutely nothing when it comes to predicting when labor will start. You can be partially dialated for weeks before labor starts, or it can start that same day. So could go either way for you.

I would guess that the head being high means the baby is not ready to come yet, although I don't know for sure.

If this is your first, I read somewhere that first babies are 8 days late on average. So you might still have a few more days to go before the baby is ready to come.

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