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"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
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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
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Effacement and Dilation Explained

By JustMommies staff

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
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Incompetent Cervix: What it Means, What You Can Do

By JustMommies staff

While your baby is growing inside your uterus, it presses down on the opening to the uterus known as the cervix. Some women suffer from a weakened cervix during pregnancy, a condition known as an “incompetent cervix.” Although some women take issue with the term “incompetent” – and there’s
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Signs of Labor

By JustMommies staff

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.
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The Bottom Line: An Alternative Method for Checking Cervical Dilation

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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 approximately
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