Tuesday, April 28, 2009
Let's review the numbers...
My midwife examined me today to discover that I am 1 cm dilated, 80% effaced and the baby is at station -2. Additionally, their rough estimate is that the baby weighs 8 to 8.5 lbs. What does that all mean, you may ask?
DILATION: The amount the cervix has opened. I need to be 10 cm dilated in order to deliver (9 to go)
EFFACEMENT: The thinning of the cervix. I need to be 100% effaced to deliver - so I'm looking good here.
STATION: The position of the baby's head in relationship to the ischial spines (the bony parts that stick out on each side of the pelvis).
-5: baby's head is floating
0: baby's head is engaged
+5: baby's head is crowning
(refer to diagram above)
The size of the baby is no surprise, and if he/she decides to stay a little longer, that weight will only increase!
All-in-all, the numbers indicate good progress, but can't specify a delivery date. I technically have 8 more days until my due date, so I won't be taking matters into my own hands just yet (ie: trying at-home methods for inducing labor).
In a follow-up to my previous post: While my allergies and water retention are still in full-effect, the window-unit air conditioner was re-installed in my office today, providing some relief from the uncomfortable heat.