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  • spongebob spongebob's Avatar 06-02-05 | 10:32 AM
  • I'm due injust a few days... Dr.s appointment yesterday showed nearly no progression... With less than a CM dilation and les than 20% effacement, the Doc looked a little concerned and asked me if I have ever had surgery on my cervix... which I have not --- he told me I had a Rigid Cervix... then after ramming his 2 cm finger into the <1cm cervical opening to try to stimulate progression, he told me we wont know if i'll be able to deliver until I actually go into labor :-(

    What exactly is a rigid cervix --- one that does not adequately efface and/or dialate? Can it change between now and then? Has anyone experienced this? If so - tell me about it, please...

    Also -- if any of you can tell me WHEN THIS BABY IS GOING TO COME -- I'd love to know -- ;-) ha ha ha
  • belle81 belle81's Avatar 06-02-05 | 11:26 AM
  • All a rigid cervix is is that it isn't effacing.
    he told me we wont know if i'll be able to deliver until I actually go into labor :-(
    Why is he stressing you out like this?
    Women have been know to have an exam in the morning and not be effaced at all and then told that baby is going to stick in for a long time only to have the baby that evening. Not every woman effaces or dialates before she goes into labor. That's what labor's for. Sorry for the rant. Your doc just makes me mad.
    Also -- if any of you can tell me WHEN THIS BABY IS GOING TO COME -- I'd love to know -- ;-) ha ha ha
    None of us mere mortals know the answer to that question.
    The average length for a first pregnancy is 41 weeks 1 day. Hang in there hon. Your baby'll be along soon enough.
  • Bethann73 Bethann73's Avatar 06-02-05 | 11:39 AM
  • I went to 41 weeks and 1 day..
    And delivered a nice fat baby.

    Good luck sweetie.. things could change at any minute..
  • spongebob spongebob's Avatar 06-02-05 | 11:55 AM
  • THanks for the update - both of you - everyone i know here at work was dilated to like 3 cm and effaced weeks before they delivered --- i thought i had to as well -- maybe i'll be one of those that just goes to work one day and the hospital that night -- ha ha ha

    I feel better knowing it's not a real problem --- at least not yet.

    WHEW... --- 41 weeks 1 day 'eh... I guess I should have marked the 13th on my calendar instead of the 5th -- then i wouldnt get disappointed whe he didn't come
  • NicholeMatthew NicholeMatthew's Avatar 06-02-05 | 12:01 PM
  • hmm.. interesting. I was not dialating or efacing with either of my first two. (ok at 42 weeks, I had dialated about 1 cm, and slightly effaced) and was induced with both. With Ashlyn, well at 40 weeks I was 2 almost 3 cm dialated, and efaced, and went into labor eh, 5 days later.

    Granted, I had contractions with all of them...
    I was only 1 day late with Ashlyn.

    Wierd. I've never heard of a rigid cervix.

    (oh and with the boys I stalled at 4 until they gave me the epi, then went to 10 within 20 minutes!)

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