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Cervical Dilation in Pictures

Your doctor has measured you and told you that you are 1 to 2 centimeters dilated, but what does that look like? Before labor starts a woman can begin to dilate and efface. When active labor begins, she will dilate from 1 cm all the way to 10 cm. Once she is at 10 cm she can start pushing.

The Bottom Line: An Alternative Method for Checking Cervical Dilation

The standard method for birth professionals to measure cervical dilation and effacement is the vaginal examination.  When a midwife or doctor checks a woman’s cervix, she reaches her gloved hand inside the vagina and measures how many finger widths the opening of the cervix is.  A centimeter is » Read more

Effacement and Dilation Explained

In the final weeks of pregnancy, an expectant mother’s body begins its natural preparation for labor and delivery. Among the early signs of labor are effacement and dilation, important changes that occur to the cervix and work together to make it possible for the baby to safely and smoothly come out of its mother’s uterus.  » Read more

Signs of Labor

As you approach the last weeks of pregnancy, you may wonder when labor will begin, whether symptoms you may be having could be the start of labor, and when you should call your doctor or head to the hospital. There will be many signals your body will give you to let you know you are preparing for labor. Below is a list of some of the most common signs of labor. » Read more

"Am I in Labor?" 8 Ways to Tell if Labor Has Started

It is the question on the minds of most women who are pregnant. Carrying a child and giving birth are filled with aches and pains unique to each experience, but how do you know if labor has truly begun? When does that “back ache” actually mean “back labor”?

Incompetent Cervix: What it Means, What You Can Do

While your baby is growing inside your uterus, it presses down on the opening to the uterus known as the cervix. » Read more