For those about to pop:

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For those about to pop:
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Tue, 12-14-2010 - 11:52am

For those about to pop... We Salute You! (ok couldn't help that one!) For others who may have "dropped" or have the baby's head engaged already, if you are curious also about what that means if you are a first-time mom versus a multipara, here's a neat iVillage article on that. I found it helpful, though a little unnerving, because contrary to what you'd expect, apparently it's the 1st time moms who typically "drop" sooner, and go around with the baby's head engaged, longer before the onset of labor.

In subsequent pregnancies, apparently (and this seems counterintuitive, doesn't it?) the "drop" doesn't USUALLY happen til much closer to onset of labor.

Since I am "dropped" and this is #3, not sure whether I am more excited, or more uneasy. But it's a neat article anyway!

http://www.ivillage.com/engagement-head-multipara/6-n-145521

 

-Meg

Loving life as an 0ver-35 mom and Postal Wife, homeschooling, urban homesteading, relaxed crunchy/geek hybrid housewife, trying to live consciously in an age of media hypnosis

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Registered: 06-06-2001
Tue, 12-14-2010 - 2:20pm

Meg, I'm curious and maybe you know the answer to this one. Sort of related to dropping, right now my cervix is unchanged. I'm being seen twice per week and I know that can change at any point. But I guess I'm curious as to how quickly the cervix can go from unchanged to changing?

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Tue, 12-14-2010 - 5:04pm

Hi

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Tue, 12-14-2010 - 6:49pm

Cindy,

If it reassures you any to know, I have from Pam England's book "Birthing from Within" (If I remember correctly the particular book) that a woman can go from high, tight, and closed, to having the baby that same day, and likewise a woman can walk around dilated

 

-Meg

Loving life as an 0ver-35 mom and Postal Wife, homeschooling, urban homesteading, relaxed crunchy/geek hybrid housewife, trying to live consciously in an age of media hypnosis

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Registered: 10-24-2007
Tue, 12-14-2010 - 6:53pm
Shortysweet12006, looks like you and I are in a similar boat of just not knowing. I have found out that we can walk around somewhat dilated and effaced for a good long time before labor starts, and likewise, a woman showing no such signs of readiness can have her baby the next day, if they are the exceptions. Seems like everything's a "Your Mileage May Vary" scenario, doesn't it? I'm going to have to try not to dwell on it every day, which is really hard when the low pressure makes walking hurt, etc.

I think a lot of us are going to be in this category before long!

 

-Meg

Loving life as an 0ver-35 mom and Postal Wife, homeschooling, urban homesteading, relaxed crunchy/geek hybrid housewife, trying to live consciously in an age of media hypnosis

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Registered: 04-28-2008
Wed, 12-15-2010 - 10:07am
Cindy I just wanted to let you know, when I went overdue with Violet and was going twice a week, I had an appointment on a Friday and was high and tight, felt stuff on that Saturday, cramped a little on Sunday, then started labor Monday night and was 5 cm at my Tuesday appointment (then Violet was born Wednesday). So that's just my example of how things can change completely from one appointment to the next!
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Registered: 06-06-2001
Wed, 12-15-2010 - 3:01pm

Meg and Kate, thank you both for the info!!!

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