No problem! I thought for sure I had dilated more yesterday with all the pains and pulling I was feeling down there, but when my midwife checked me today, everything is still the same at 4cm.
Let me know how tomorrow goes and if anything is happening.
I am feeling pretty good. Had a lot of contractions yesterday and only a couple today. Baby grew again! yay! I can tell cause my belly is so much bigger now. I get off of bedrest in 4 days! I am so happy about that.
They usually start checking for dilation at 36 weeks. You can decline it. Being dilated/effaced is not indicative of when you'll go into labor. Likewise, NOT being dilated/effaced doesn't mean you'll be pregnant forever. Labor just happens when it wants to. I wouldn't try to do a cervical check on yourself as you risk getting an infection and might not even know exactly what to be checking for.
The only "sign" that MIGHT indicate dilation and thinning would be if you lost your mucus plug all at once. I'm sure it's possible to lose your plug with out dilating, but I think it's more typical that you would lose it as you dilate and thin. That being said you wouldn't have to dilate much to lose it, and for many women it comes out slowly and they don't even know vs it coming out all in one big clump. I've had it both way with my last two pregnancies. That being said once I did lose it I was usually dilated to about a 2.
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