I am due Jan 24, in 3 days. However, we have not been experiencing any signs of labor... no effacement, no baby dropping and definately no dilating. So we wait... My next appointment is scheduled for Wednesday, and I hope we end up not needing it! Mom is flying in tomorrow night to wait it out too.
For any moms-to-be out there that think like me... I was very, very heavily disappointed about how unscientific effacement is measured. They tell you it is measured in percentages and that 100% effacement means a paper thin lining of the cervix. Let me tell you, there is no instrumentation used to determine this percentage. This is the type of thing that makes an engineer want to commit herself to the insane asylum. I was told 3 weeks ago that I was 30% effaced (the doctor takes a feel and comes up with a percentage... a GUESSTIMATE!) Then I was told 2 weeks later that I was 60% effaced by a different doctor. And a week after that, 30% effaced. Enough to seriously make my brain run in circles. I can't handle it. Is there no way to actually MEASURE this.....??????? Exactly why I could have only been an engineer... I like exactness, I like numbers that actually relate a definitive quantity or value to something. I really can't handle it and I am wondering... is this how they measure dilation too?