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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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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

When it's getting close, it's a good idea to know the signs of labor.
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The Bottom Line: An Alternative Method for Checking Cervical Dilation

By JustMommies staff

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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Understanding Effacement and Dilation

By JustMommies staff

woman in labor In the final weeks of pregnancy, effacement and dilation are the body's natural way of transitioning into active labor.
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