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Should my doctor check me for Dilation?

He said he doesnt start checking till 38 weeks, but the way my appointments fall by that point I will be 38 weeks and 4 days..

so should I ask to have him check me at 37 weeks and 4 days?


Asked by UAFwife at 4:02 PM on Jul. 7, 2010 in Pregnancy

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  • It will be fine to wait until then..unless you are having some concerns.
    The less they mess around down there the better off you are anyway.
    Good Luck! Bet your anxious about babies arrival! Congradualtions! Not much longer to go.... :)

    Answer by kimberlyinberea at 4:05 PM on Jul. 7, 2010

  • Being checked at all is actually unnecessary. There is always risk of infection as well.

    Best wishes for a safe and healthy delivery!

    Answer by Erin814 at 4:04 PM on Jul. 7, 2010

  • No, extra checking increases the chances for infection. I would wait as long as everything looks good.

    Answer by bumblebeestingu at 4:04 PM on Jul. 7, 2010

  • My OB checks whenever I ask starting around 35 weeks (and I was going twice/week), but it really isn't necessary.

    Answer by missanc at 4:06 PM on Jul. 7, 2010

  • I guess in my situation, I want to know because my husband goes to work between 10pm and 8am... so I have this crazy nervous thought my water is going to break, and I can just call him because he is the military in training right now.

    Comment by UAFwife (original poster) at 4:08 PM on Jul. 7, 2010

  • When the appointments became weekly (around week 35 I think), my doc checked for my dilation each time. It was only twice. On week 38, the doc checked again and it felt funny with strange discharges and that night my water broke.

    Answer by pvn34 at 4:10 PM on Jul. 7, 2010

  • I cant just call him because of his training, Ill have to wait till he is out of class.

    Comment by UAFwife (original poster) at 4:10 PM on Jul. 7, 2010

  • with my first they checked me at 37 weeks because i thought i was in labor, and sure enough i was, had my dd the next day so with my2nd they started checking me around35 weeks and my ds wasborn at 36 weeks

    i guess it just depends on your doctor

    Answer by josiesmommy00 at 4:14 PM on Jul. 7, 2010

  • personally, i'd ask not to be checked at all.

    Answer by Stefanie83 at 5:21 PM on Jul. 7, 2010

  • No.
    Because you have expectations (that dilation means something), it can mess with your confidence.


    Answer by doulala at 5:33 PM on Jul. 7, 2010