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How quick to dilate?

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Merlin Thu 17-Mar-05 20:36:53

Am 37 weeks and going for VBAC. Saw consultant today and amongst other things he said they would be looking for me to dilate 1cm an hour once in established labour and if I fall behind that then they would do a section. Does anyone know how that compares with a 'normal' labour? TIA

lockets Thu 17-Mar-05 20:38:52

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Nemo1977 Thu 17-Mar-05 20:50:49

i went from 1cm to 10 in space of 70mins. Think it completely depends on individual

Merlin Thu 17-Mar-05 21:01:36

Wow Nemo that was fast! Was it your first?

ButtonMoon Thu 17-Mar-05 21:05:39

1cm per hour is average I think...but obviously depends, some are faster some slower. I dilated very slowly (only up to 3 cm afetr 12 hours)until I had waters broken and epidural and then went from 3-10 in about 2 hours!!

Merlin Thu 17-Mar-05 21:07:14

I guess I'm trying to avoid another section if poss. Will just have to focus on fast dilation!!!!! Thanks for your replies. x

madgirl Thu 17-Mar-05 21:10:17

with ds1 i went from 1cm to 3cm in 12 hours , with ds2 when induced with drip went from 0cm to 8cm in 30 minutes

dinny Thu 17-Mar-05 21:10:55

First time went from 3cm to fully dilated in 5 hours (dd born after 10 min pushing). Second time was about three hours. hth. Good luck,hope you have your natural delivery

madgirl Thu 17-Mar-05 21:16:38

ullo dinny. sorry to hijack Merlin. dinny, c u tuesday am x

dinny Thu 17-Mar-05 21:18:46

hi, yes, defo. can't remember if we decided which....?

madgirl Thu 17-Mar-05 21:25:09

no we didn't shall we do toot common? can take bread to feed ducks even tho millions of signs saying don't. also can try out new cappuccino machine in caf that has been taken over by other people. dh went and said it was improvement (ish)

Nemo1977 Thu 17-Mar-05 21:26:30

yes he was my first merlin and was also 15 days late and 9lb 1 so only fair he came out quickly..lol

kama Thu 17-Mar-05 21:29:45

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dinny Thu 17-Mar-05 21:31:18

ooh, yes, good idea. dd can bring her trike. 10am in the playground then (sorry for hijacking)

madgirl Thu 17-Mar-05 21:32:43

okey dokey smokey.

Merlin Thu 17-Mar-05 21:33:13

Kama - that sounds pretty textbook stuff to me - lets hope I'm that lucky. Now I've got my head round a normal delivery I really don't want a sectin with the long recovery.

dinny Thu 17-Mar-05 21:34:52

Merlin, did you have an emergency C last time? Really hope you have the birth you want this time

Merlin Thu 17-Mar-05 21:41:19

Yes Dinny, DS was footling breech at 36 weeks, waters broke at 37, he was still well and truly stuck so em section. Had no contractions so I am 'untested' as my consultant put it today!!!

dinny Thu 17-Mar-05 21:43:27

really hope it goes well this time. take it this baby not breech...? fwiw I so think standing up/walking round for as long as possible really helps labour progress fast.

bonym Thu 17-Mar-05 21:45:04

I think 1cm an hour is what they look for in any birth - I have a home birth booked and have been told that if I do not dilate at this rate they could take me into hospital due to "failure to progress", and would look to speed things up.

Merlin Thu 17-Mar-05 21:49:54

Dinny - definitely head down on scan today, has been last 2 antenatal checks too so don't think it's going anywhere! Just going to try and stay at home for as long as poss and keep mobile as you say.

Boneym - consultant said they would only give me something to speed things up ie syncotin (sp?) drip if I was fully dilated but needed a bit of help to push baby out at the last moment.

TBH I'm fed up of not knowing what's going to happen and just want to get on with it!!!!

kama Thu 17-Mar-05 21:53:04

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Merlin Thu 17-Mar-05 21:54:48

Kama - sorry my mistake - just read your post again - pregnancy brain and all that!!!! Yes, I spose that was quite long - poor you!!

kama Thu 17-Mar-05 21:57:08

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Merlin Thu 17-Mar-05 22:00:48

Kama - thanks for your good wishes. If I don't dilate fairly quickly, then hospital policy is a section, so I wont have a choice, but at the end of the day, just want babe out safe and well and me!). They would also only use ventouse or forceps if I reach full dilation so will have to wait and see!

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