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40wks+2 engaged but not dilated
Hoping for VBAC


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#1 ali2

Posted 05 May 2012 - 10:19 AM

My bub has been engaged for weeks and feels so low in my pelvis that I’ve been thinking that I was about to give birth every day and night for the last 2 weeks but at my Drs visit at 40wks my cervix was firmly closed. I’m very worried that like my first pregnancy I will not go into active labour and hence will require another c-section.

First time around my waters broke at 40wks but I didn’t dilate more than a couple of cms even after waiting several days and then inducing, and so I’m concerned about this happening again.

Any tips on getting my cervix to dilate?


#2 ednaboo

Posted 05 May 2012 - 10:30 AM

I took evening primrose oil and had acupuncture with #3 as I was wanting to avoid induction.  (Induction would have meant I could not have the water birth I wanted)  I started the acupuncture (and herbs) at 40 weeks, and the EPO maybe 38 weeks?  DS2 was born at 41wks4 days after a stretch and sweep that day.  I can't really say if the EPO and acupuncture helped as my other babies were born at 41wks 6 days and 41 wks, but I achieved my goal of avoiding induction so I was happy.

#3 Soontobegran

Posted 08 May 2012 - 11:25 PM

Your cervix can change in a very short space of time.
I wouldn't be worried by the fact it is still close at the moment, you still have some time for it to ripen.
I would suggest sex, squatting and EPO are a good place to start but even so if you're not ready then it may not make any difference.
I went from a long and sacral cervix at term with #2 to fully effaced and 4 fingers dilated on 2 days and I wasn't in labour.



#4 *Finn*

Posted 08 May 2012 - 11:32 PM

My cervix was tightly closed at my 39 week appoint and I went in to spontaneous labour at 39 weeks 5 days. DD was born at 39 weeks 6 days. I did not experience Labour with DS so had nothing to compare. I was so hoping for a Vbac with DD so was extremely upset to be told I didn't look like labour was close at all at 39 weeks. And 5 days later contractions started.  I had a drug free relatively short labour. Don't lose hope OP!!!' all the best.

#5 ms flib

Posted 08 May 2012 - 11:37 PM

You need to be patient! The best way to have a VBAC is to go into spontaneous labour.

It's worth it!!



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