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Cervix Dilation Diagram
Medications, bulbs.: Cervical ripening is generally done with mechanical means (e.g. Catheters with inflatable bulbs/balloons at their end), or with laminaria (for midtrimester pregnancy terminations), or with medications (cervidil, Cytotec (misoprostol) etc). Oxytocin infusion can also help dilate the cervix to trigger labor. ...Read more
Can exercise by running cause cervix to dilate ? Can running or any type of exercise cause early labor ?
Sometimes...: Without knowing more about you, such as your gestational age, and pregnancy history, I can only give you a partial answer: Yes, in some situations, running or exercise can cause pre-term labor and cervical dilation. You need to ask your Ob about your specific case. Frequently its ok to exercise. ...Read more
Is it more likely for your cervix to thin and dilate quicker with 4 pregnancy ? First 3 all normal and successful
Good question: That's such a good question, and the answer is complicated. In my experience, women who had a lot of deliveries oftentimes the cervix will be the same for weeks on end and then will change suddenly. That is, labor when it comes causes rapid changes to the cervix. I'm like a woman's first delivery where the change is more methodical. ...Read more
Unproven techniques.: Some midwives recommend a large bouncing ball to achieve cervical ripening at term. Others do a vigorous cervical examination (stripping of the amniotic membranes) or offer nipple stimulation as an alternative. My approach to all those techniques is the same: unproven benefit and possible fetal risks do not justify using any of those options. Nature will take care of cervical ripening for you. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No: Internal Process: Cervical ripening results from a series of complex biochemical processes that ends with rearrangement and realignment of the collagen molecules. A variety of hormones stimulate the chemical reactions critical for cervical ripening: prostaglandin e2 and f2, nitric oxide, tnf, il-1, il-8, matrix metalloproteinases 2 and 9 and others. This is an internal process independent of sperm, motion, and sex. ...Read more
What are the reason that during dilation and curretage the cervix wont open up? Is that dangerous?
Unclear: It would be unusual for a cervix to be unable to be dilated during a d;c under anesthesia. Scarring from a prior surgical procedure or a congenital anomaly may contribute to this problem, but this is rare. If a surgeon has difficulty with the dilation it conceivably could increase risk of complications such as uterine perforation, trauma to the cervix, etc. I advise discussing w/ your gyn. ...Read more
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