Tuesday, June 23, 2015

6/23/15 - 101 Dilations: Part 2

We had our weekly doctor's appointment today, and here is the DILATION SITUATION:

1 centimeter dilated
20% effacement
Cervix is medium
Baby's head is at -2 station

Now I know this all sounds like a word problem, but this is where our childbirth class comes in handy!

Let's break it down...

1 centimeter dilated:
I can be 1 centimeter dilated for weeks before things happen, but it's still a good sign that things are moving along as they should.
9 centimeters to go!

20% effacement:
This refers to the thinning and opening of the cervix.  When preparing for the baby to move into the birth canal, the cervix thins to 100%.  So this is another good sign that things are progressing, but (thankfully!) not too quickly!
80% to go!

Cervix is medium:
When I'm really going into labor, the cervix will be soft.  Right now it's not hard, but medium so we are moving along here as well!

Baby's head is at -2 station:
This is the measurement of where the baby's head is.  As I go into labor, his head will have measurements that are on the positive side and around +3, he will be coming out!

This is all great news and means that he is getting ready, but is still pretty comfy in there.
After all, it isn't July yet so he's keeping up his end of the bargain!

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