Dilation means nothing because every woman is different. Some woman walk around dilated for weeks, and some women don't dilate until in the throes of labor. All normal. Worrying about dilation is just going to bring you stress. You don't even have to get checked at all you can decline, and if you decide to allow a check you can tell them not to tell you any numbers. That way you don't get overly excited and then get dissapointed when you body is doing its thing at is leisure, and you don't get discouraged just because you aren't dilated like some other women.
In addition to reducing stressed, not checking your cervix all the time virtually eliminates the possibility of infection and things like having your membranes stripped without your permission or knowledge will never happen.
at 2:16 PM on Sep. 8, 2009