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Old 03-09-2006, 07:13 AM   #1
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36 weeks ... 1 cm dilated?

I was wondering if anyone else has had this . . . I went to the doctor yesterday and found out I had dilated 1 cm (I am 36 weeks). Of course I realize that it can take a while to get to like 3 cm and that this really means nothing but has anyone been told that they were 1 cm and then dilated very quickly or does it usually take a while to get to 3 or more?? I was just curious to find out what everyone's experience has been... This is my first baby and everyone that I talk to seems to say that they only started dilating about a week before they delivered.

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Old 03-09-2006, 07:53 AM   #2
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Re: 36 weeks ... 1 cm dilated?

Right up until 39 wks I was closed tight! At my 40 wk appointment I was dialated a finger tip and stayed that way for almost 2 more weeks. When I had the gel inserted I was 1 and 1/2 to 2 cm's and even the gel didn't kick start my labour. I had some nasty cramps that night but they didn't do much. I was induced, that didn't work and they ended up breaking my water to get things going. I guess my point is that it doesn't matter at all. Everyone and every pregnancy is different. Unfortunately there really is no straight answer to your question. Don't worry though!! It'll happen, and soon.

Old 03-09-2006, 08:57 AM   #3
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Re: 36 weeks ... 1 cm dilated?

The same thing happened to me. I'm 36.5 weeks and the doctor told me that I was a finger tip dilated (btw does anyone know if this means a cm?). She said I could still go to my due date so I guess some people dialate over a period of 2-4 weeks - I dont know though, this is my first baby, but i'm also interested in what people have to say.

Old 03-09-2006, 11:14 AM   #4
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Re: 36 weeks ... 1 cm dilated?

Anything can happen. With my son, I was 2 cm 5 weeks before due date. I dilated a little bit up until the night before my due date which was almost 5 cm. They induced me the next day since I never went into labor.

Old 03-09-2006, 11:22 AM   #5
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Re: 36 weeks ... 1 cm dilated?

I have 4 children and am 36 weeks with my 5th child my first child I was dialated(sp) to 3 forever seemed at least a month - how ever my 4th child when I went in at 38 weeks I was dialated(sp) to three my midwife told me to have lots of sex with my husband and walk alot and she would be here in no time - oh how true it was - i was on a mission - my poor husband I started a sex then walk come back have sex and walk series for a good day my lil girl was born the next morning just an idea for those of you who might be ready to have your baby - just a note though I would atleast wait till I was 37 weeks to start trying your mission Good luck to you all!!!!

Old 03-09-2006, 09:27 PM   #6
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Re: 36 weeks ... 1 cm dilated?

I am currently 37 wks. At 36wks I was 1cm dilated and 70% effaced. At 34 1/2 weeks I was 70% and almost 1cm. (They checked at 34 1/2 wks because I was having contractions...which ended up being due to dehydration). It is quite normal to be dilated 1cm already. Some women can be quite progressed (like, 3 cms and 70% effaced) for weeks before going into labor.

Old 03-09-2006, 09:45 PM   #7
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Re: 36 weeks ... 1 cm dilated?

With my first baby I was 3 centimeters dialated and 75% effaced at 34 weeks. The doctor was really surprised how low the baby's head was too and thought for sure I'd go early. Well six weeks later still no baby so they induced me. I tried sex and walking over and over along with other suggested methods nothing worked.

Old 03-09-2006, 11:53 PM   #8
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Re: 36 weeks ... 1 cm dilated?

i was 1 cm at 32 weeks and nothing changed.... i ended up have a c-section at 36 weeks (unrelated to the dilating) but i never dialted any more between 32-36 weeks.
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Old 03-10-2006, 11:42 AM   #9
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Re: 36 weeks ... 1 cm dilated?

AJ I had been looking for you!!! I dont have an answer for your dilation question but was wondering how your pregnancy was coming along and if belly buddy is still healthy and doing great. Sounds like you are moving right along. I am 34 weeks quite a bit ahead of me. Keep me posted on how everything turns out. I hope your dilation is a sign of good things to come soon.

Old 03-10-2006, 02:45 PM   #10
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Re: 36 weeks ... 1 cm dilated?

Well i went in for a level 2 U/S at 37 weeks and was 1 cm dialated and at a +2 station. They told me they were going to induce me that i could go home pack a bag, get my husband and go back. By the time i got back to the hospital which was about 3 hours later i was dilated to a three, so they broke my water and the rest is history!

Old 03-10-2006, 04:39 PM   #11
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Re: 36 weeks ... 1 cm dilated?

I've been 1cm for a while now it seems and I'm now 38.5 weeks.

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