From the blog, My OB Said What???
"Women With A BMI Higher Than 26 Tend To Have Cervixes That Won’t Dilate…."
"Well, in my experience, women with a BMI higher than 26 tend to have cervixes that won’t dilate without chemical induction.”
– CNM to overweight woman
Oh puleeeeze. I know doctors and even some midwives say a lot of stupid things to women, but OMG, what an idiotic thing to say.
Well, apparently my cervix didn't get the memo, despite me having a BMI in the 40s. It dilated just fine in all four pregnancies, induced or not induced. I know an awful lot of other fat women whose cervixes didn't get the memo either.
Alas, we can roll our eyes at it all we want, but there are an awful lot of medical professionals that actually believe this crap. It's not the first time I've heard it or something like it, but it's especially appalling to hear it from a midwife, for heaven's sake.
Yet another reason for the epidemic of inductions in women of size........and since inductions raise the risk for cesareans strongly, for the epidemic of cesareans in women of size.
But rest assured, fat women's cervixes dilate just fine too.....and especially when our pregnancies are dated correctly (adjusted for cycle length), and when our own bodies' timelines are respected. [Oh wait, that's a whole 'nuther pet peeve post!]