I have been to the delivery suite tonight. Am 38+1. Had a MW appt and discussed , yet again, my constant feeling of dampness. She said to go to DS to check if waters had gone. She thought it was urine.
So I went in and was put on the moniter and was having cx. Bh or real , who knows? But they were 'registering' on the moniter and I was uncomfortable with them and breathing and shutting eyes etc. They were quite close together. They did an examination and said that my waters were intact but bulging. Dampness was probably discharge. They did a scan too to check position of baby as MW wasn't sure about position of head. It is above/ inline with pelvis.
They told me to walk around and see what happens for an hour, but nothing did so we went home.
On my notes it says this
VE - cx postencv (sp? hard to read writing) 1cm long stretchy 4cm dialated membranes bulging cannot feel vevtex/vertex(can't read it well) in pelvs.
Then later it says vevtex/vertex 3/5's palpable stable in pelvis.
On my MW notes from 2.30pm it says 1/5 palpable.
So Mnetters I would love it if you could explain some of these . I understand the membranes bulging bit and thought 4cm was a positive sign but have since read on here that with 3rd babies you can be dialated for ages... So maybe it's not as positve as I thought. I did have strong verging on painful cx last evening for a few hours and today have felt uncomfy all day.
Do you think something is going to happen tonight???
Hospital MW said that she thinks once my waters go it will happen quickly...
I had "leaky" waters which felt very damp rather than soaking. Also very strong BH. Started on sat night, checked on the sunday (waters intact), sent home and told to come back monday. Monday mild contractions started at 2pm (I couldn't feel them but they registerd) baby born 4 hours later
lol! I hope so!! I have been having dreams about it being born with allsorts of issues And as for me pinging back, I am looking forward to wearing my skinny jeans again But am not going to be doing silly diets.
Effacing is a term for the cervix getting thinner and stretching in preparation for the baby coming through.
As far as I know, the cervix can become anterior during labour, so it might not mean that you still have ages to wait. Do lots of walking! I went on a trampoline which seemed to help, but I'm not recommending it!
It sounds as if your cervix is exactly how a para 2 (had 2 previous babies) would 'feel' to me too. The fact that your cervix is 'stretchy' would indicate the 4cm is a 'multip's os' i.e have had previous children. I wouldn't worry about it being 3/5 or 1/5 palpable as it is very subjective and with baby no 3 it is of no real consequence until labour is established. I am with your midwife, once those waters go you will go off like a rocket I bet! (Assuming your previous labour and deliveries were all normal). I would expect your cervix to be 1cm long and posterior at 38 weeks and before labour starts, with baby no 3 this will change very rapidly. Good luck.
Reikizen so does this mean that nothing is imminent then?? And that 4cm is just because I've had 2 babies?? Surely I can't always be 4cm dilated, I have heard that you don't close up fully after having had a baby but 4cm is a lot imo!!
I think that whoever examined you could stretch your cervix to 4cm which is quite normal for a third baby. I also think that when things happen they will happen quickly and that bulging waters would confirm that suspicion if I were looking after you. It means that the waters are not tight to baby's head so I think when they go baby will drop into the pelvis and start to really dilate your cervix. I'd rest, eat, sleep and just wait for nature to take it's course. (It may have already done so!)