Quoting Red Bottom:" LOL if your doctor told you that you won't have regular contractions until you're dilated, then you need a new doctor. "
3. Dilation: Your cervix opens.
As your baby's birthday approaches, your cervix begins to dilate, or open up. Dilation is checked during a pelvic exam and measured in centimeters (cm), from 0 cm (no dilation) to 10 cm (fully dilated). Typically, if you're 4 cm dilated, you're in the active stage of labor; if you're fully dilated, you're ready to start pushing. Your health practitioner will probably check for dilation and fill you in on your progress during your prenatal visits in the later stages of your pregnancy.
exactly what i said right?
The progression of labor is measured by the advancing dilation of the expectant motherís cervix. Itís generally estimated that the cervix will dilate one centimeter during each hour of labor, but this cannot be generalized for every woman or every pregnancy. 0-4 centimeters dilation is considered early labor, and itís not uncommon for a woman to be up to 2 centimeters dilated several weeks before giving birth. Dilation of 4-7 centimeters occurs during active labor. 7-10 centimeters is the transition phase (shift from active labor to the final phase, delivery), and when your cervix is at 10 centimeters (about the size of a newbornís head), itís considered fully dilated and youíre ready to give birth.
just because you think you know everything it doesnt mean you do,... i can keep going if you'd like?