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Would my dilated cervix at 37 weeks pregnant feel like an oval with a rigid brim that I can fit equivalent of 3.5 fingers into? More of a crater than hole

Would my dilated cervix at 37 weeks pregnant feel like an oval with a rigid brim that I can fit equivalent of 3.5 fingers into? More of a crater than hole

Probably not: I'm not sure what you are feeling, but it is not likely your cervix. In order to know what your cervical exam is, you should rely on your doctor to perform the exam. ...Read more

Dr. Gregory Moneta
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Pregnancy (Definition)

When your due date arrives, you will be more than ready to have your baby! Most women deliver the baby somewhere between 37 and 42 weeks. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, only 5% of babies arrive on the exact due date. Approximately 7% of babies are not delivered by 42 weeks, and when that happens, it is referred to ...Read more


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What do doctors use to dilate the cervix when pregnant?

What do doctors use to dilate the cervix when pregnant?

Cervix dilation: When a patient is in labor, the cervix dilates on its own. If not in labor, prostaglandins (such as cytotec) can be used to help the labor process to start when indicated. There are also mechanical means to start the dilatation, such as foley balloon or laminaria to slowly expand the cervical opening. ...Read more

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Is it more likely for your cervix to thin and dilate quicker with 4 pregnancy? First 3 all normal and successful

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

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I am pregnant from 39 weeks. How can I enlarge or dilate the cervix for an easier delivery?

I am pregnant from 39 weeks. How can I enlarge or dilate the cervix for an easier delivery?

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 more

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Can brackstonhicks dilate your cervix at end of pregnancy coz my husband checked and he can get 2 fingers in?

YOUR HUSBAND: Should not be checking your cervix unless he is your doctor! If you have already had 5 births it is common for your cervix to be dilated some toward term please discuss with your OB and let your OB check if your OB thinks that is indicated for you. ...Read more

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What reasons would your cervix dilate if you aren't pregnant? I have an IUD, but it seems in place & no pain. Some bleeding

What reasons would your cervix dilate if you aren't pregnant? I have an IUD, but it seems in place & no pain. Some bleeding

Menstrual cycle: The degree to which the cervical canal is dilated various with the menstrual cycle. Typically, the cervical canal widens a little bit to accommodate the passage of menstrual blood. Around ovulation, midcycle, some women notice a clear, stringy discharge. These are all normal changes happening. An IUD does not affect the cervical canal. ...Read more

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Can baby kicks on the cervix dilate or efface it? My baby is breech and I feel like she's slaughtering me down there. 22w6d pregnant

Can baby kicks on the cervix dilate or efface it? My baby is breech and I feel like she's slaughtering me down there. 22w6d pregnant

No trap door: Your designer considered many contingencies in how to carry on the lineage. Jumping jacks and judo should be tolerable without difficulty. Should ask your ob, who might review your u/s just to be sure placenta also not low/previa, which might pose a theoretical concern. Happy baby. Sorry for the pain! ...Read more

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34wks pregnant w/mcdonalds 2 stitches. Take p17, don't have contractions. Just went off bedrest w/2cm closed funneled cervix. Can pressure dilate cervix?

Not impossible: it sounds like you have a diagnosis of cervical insufficiency and you have a stitch place to prevent dilation. The stitch should be able to holdyour cervix closed, however there are some situations where your cervix will continue to try to open anyway, such as infection. If you begin having contractions, get seen by a doctor immediately. Otherwise take it easy. Good luck ...Read more

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I'm 37 weeks pregnant. My placenta is now clear of my cervix, but is close enough that if I dilate, i'll most likely bleed. Is sex safe?

I'm 37 weeks pregnant. My placenta is now clear of my cervix, but is close enough that if I dilate, i'll most likely bleed. Is sex safe?

37 wk preg: Under the circumstances you describe, it would be wise to avoid sex or other stress on the genital area. Also avoid heavy lifting or vigorous exercise, and rest as much as you are able. ...Read more

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I'm 38 weeks pregnant. Placenta is now clear of cervix, but close enough that if I dilate, i'll most likely bleed. Is orgasm (w/o penetration) safe?

I'm 38 weeks pregnant. Placenta is now clear of cervix, but close enough that if I dilate, i'll most likely bleed. Is orgasm (w/o penetration) safe?

May be: You are near term with a risk of bleeding. I would recommend holding off on sexual activity till after delivery. ...Read more

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I'm 37 weeks pregnant and my doctor said I was about 1/2 dilated. Ho would I get my cervix to dilate or soften faster?

I'm 37 weeks pregnant and my doctor said I was about 1/2 dilated. Ho would I get my cervix to dilate or soften faster?

Be Patient: At 37 weeks, you should not be in a rush. Some babies are still finishing their lung development at 37 weeks. Hang in there and be patient for the next couple of weeks and let nature take its course. Blessings, ...Read more

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39 weeks pregnant, experiencing contractions 5 minutes apart and lost plug but water is yet to break. Advice on ways to dilate my cervix? Walking etc....

39 weeks pregnant, experiencing contractions 5 minutes apart and lost plug but water is yet to break. Advice on ways to dilate my cervix? Walking etc....

Sex might help: Believe it or not, but semen contains prostaglandins, and this can sometimes cause contractions. Additionally, you may try warm compresses to your breast, followed by nipple stimulation. That being said, if you are contracting every 5 mins, you will hopefully be in labor soon. Call your OB if you are unsure. Best of luck! ...Read more

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Is it a mistake to be induced at 38 weeks sharp? Husband can't be present if we wait. 2nd pregnancy. Cervix dialated but not effaced. Dr. Says "ok".

Not recommended: In the recent past, we were seeing increased admissions to the nicu because of 'social' inductions.
The american college of obstetricians and gynecologists do not recommend inductions at less than 39 weeks unless there is a medical issue like high blood pressure, diabetes, etc.
Although you might have a high chance of successful induction, there is a slight increased chance of baby complications. ...Read more

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My cervix feels high and very soft. I want to know if I am dialated or not. What does a super high and very soft cervix mean in pregnancy. I'm 37w6d?

Maybe: Generally, as the cervix readies for labor, it becomes softer, it "moves down" a bit, and then it starts to dilate. Usually, this is caused by contractions - if you're not having contractions, or any bleeding, or any loss of fluid, then you probably aren't dilating just yet. But your doctor can check at your next visit! If you are having any of those signs, I would go to your doctor sooner. ...Read more

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My new gyn said my cervix is narrow and dialted my cervix in office. ... Now what happens? I have been trying to get pregnant and can't? Help

Not typical: Cervical dilation is not a very typical procedure for a patient to have done. Therefore you will need to discuss this with your individual doctor to determine what was done in your individual case. ...Read more

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39 weeks pregnant & being induced on wed. I've been dialated 1cm for almost 3 weeks now &cervix is still thick and baby has not dropped is thiscommon?

Yes it can be: You describe an unfavorable cx at 39 weeks. That, in and of itself, can be fairly common, . The. Question of induction at 39 weeks on an unfavorable cervix is another issue--depends on the indication. If you are unclear of the rationale, you should discuss with your ob. You should be clear about, and in agreement with the plan. ...Read more

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39 weeks pregnant At 38 week I was 3 cm dialated and 50% effaced I am getting a cervix sweep tomorrow morning. What's the estimated time for labor?

39 weeks pregnant At 38 week I was 3 cm dialated and 50% effaced I am getting a cervix sweep tomorrow morning. What's the estimated time for labor?

Roughly about 3 days: Some estimates state that after stripping of membranes (a.k.a. "getting cervix sweep"), about 50-60% of patients go into labor within 72 hours. I'm finding that in my own practice that percentage is really more like 40-50%. Good luck! ...Read more

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How long will my cervix take to dialate more? I'm 37 weeks pregnant and dialated to 2 and cervix is softer and higher. Had last baby at 39 weeks

How long will my cervix take to dialate more? I'm 37 weeks pregnant and dialated to 2 and cervix is softer and higher. Had last baby at 39 weeks

Unknown: It would be awesome if we could predict exactly when someone would go into labor. Unfortunately we can not. It is great that you are already dilated at 37 weeks. That is great progress. Hopefully you will labor soon but beyond that there is not a way to predict it ...Read more

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36 weeks pregnant &' my doctor said my cervix was open on the outside but not the inside? She didn't explain anything. Am I dialated? Is this normal?

36 weeks pregnant &' my doctor said my cervix was open on the outside but not the inside? She didn't explain anything. Am I dialated? Is this normal?

Hard to tell: Without knowing more specific & physical examination its hard to tell. Cervix has two parts. During late pregnancy it frequently changes shape and size. Needs to know the size of internal OS. I am sorry, its not possible to answer your Q without knowing these information. Did you noticed and contraction or discharge. You should contact your Obstetrician. ...Read more

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My obgyn said my cervix is dialated but im not pregnaunt. What does this mean?

Clarification: You should ask your doctor for clarification. He/she was probably referring to a "parous cervical os" which just means that the cervix changes after childbirth and the canal remains slightly more open than a cervix that has never been through labor. Just call and seek clarification. ...Read more

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Which mecidine can I use to make my cervix to be able to concive its NT active I want to be pregnant but ve failed?

It depends: There is no one medicine for your cervix. To increase the chances of conception you first must understand the reason. Does he have enough normal sperm, are you ovulating, are your tubes open, and then you consider your cervical mucus and whether there is scarring that closes your cervix or if you have antibodies to his sperm that destroy them. See your Ob/Gyn to see what work-up if any is needed. ...Read more

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What are some ways to dilate the cervix?

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

Cervix (Definition)

The uterine cervix is the opening of the ...Read more