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Help Dilate Your 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
In a way: There is some variation in the opening of the cervix throughout your monthly cycle. It doesn't dilate in the sense that you dilate at the time of delivery to 10 centimeters or more, but there is a cyclic variation, (very mild), as you prepare to bleed ...Read more
R u serious: What your asking doesn't make sense. If your pregnant and worried about cervical dilation you need to see your ob. :) ...Read more
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
PREGNANCY: Probably your cervix is very efficient. Good for you. Good luck! ...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
If I have a tilted cervix and the driver said the baby's head is very low but in front of the cervix-how can my cervix dilate and efface?
See below: The head will apply pressure to the cervix. ...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 more
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 won't 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
I'm contracting but my cervix isn't changing. How can I help my cervix dilate. I'm 39.5 weeks along. Only 1 CM but I continue to have contractions.
Braxton Hicks: The contractions (braxton hicks) that you are experiencing are the warm up for the concert that will soon begin. When actual progressive labor begins, your cervix will dilate an there is nothing that you can do to alter those events. 'if the apple is ripe, it will fall off the tree'. ...Read more
Anytime: Between now and your due date. This could be gradual over weeks or overnight. ...Read more
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
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
I made a delivery with c section I want to know why my cervix didn't dilate and is there a chance my cervix will dilate in my 2 preganancy?
Well: There are many possibilities. However you were given a c section due to concern for the baby. If there is no progression of the delivery or the baby is showing signs of compromise you need to get the baby out. Next pregnancy you can try a normal vaginal delivery. Each pregnancy is different. However if next baby is c section any baby after that will also be c section ...Read more
Can I ask to be induced at 37 weeks if I believe baby is too big already (7lbs) and cramped inside since I'm small? Cervix is thinning but no dilation
Unlikely to happen: Given the frequency of breathing problems in newborns induced at 37 wks, I think it unlikely you could talk your way into that one. I believe the american college of obgyn has issued guidelines that question the practice. Early delivery for fetal distress & various maternal complications is still considered good care. ...Read more
Crl32.3at9w5d.Spotting from 13may. Internalexam showed spotting is from the cervix. Can this lead to any pregnant complications like cervix dilation early?
Possibly: I assume that you are still quite early in your pregnancy, that the sonogram has shown a fetal heartbeat, and that the spotting is still present. Serial ultrasounds documenting fetal growth and a heart beat is important - as is avoidance of strenuous activity and intercourse. The main risk here is, hopefully not, a miscarriage. Dilation of the cervix is a risk that is seen later in pregnancy. ...Read more
No: The definition of braxton hicks contractions are false contractions but do not cause your cervix to dilate. If your cervix is dilating, they are real contractions. ...Read more
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
Can braxton hicks contractions efface or dilate the cervix? I'm having multiple tthroughout the day but completely irregular and unpredictable.
Not usually: They are not usually strong enough. Some towards the very end might contribute a little. ...Read more
My cervix would not dilate to allow for an IUD. He used a plastic sound, no drugs. I had cryotherapy on my cervix a few years ago. Can I have an IUD?
Being Pregnant: Nope. Not at all.Get a more detailed answer ›
What's the normal/average size of the cervix @ 20 weeks? Can braxton hicks contractions dilate, shorten, or efface it?
Cervix: At 20 weeks is a regular size cervix that is unaffected by braxton hicks contractions. They are just practice contractions and nothing to be afraid of. They are normal! ...Read more
What methods can I do to induce my labor or help the dilation since my cervix is soft and thin? I don't want to be induced?
Limited safe options: Two ounces of castor oil (you can cut the taste with orange juice) is safe and has been used by midwives in particular for decades at least. How well it really works is arguable. Your best approach is simple patience. Sometimes an induction is necessary but it need not be done without a clear indication. ...Read more
38 weeks and was checked today and only 1/2 CM dilated, cervix is thin and soft. Is there natural ways to speed it up? (dilation)
Be patient: You may go on time. Stay active have intercourse! Really! ...Read more
39 wk prg, my obgyn did cervix dilation test, n I'm having a bloody show now. Is it safe to take bath? How long bloody show last?
Yes: Some bloody mucus is common after a cervical exam near term. A bath is just fine but be careful getting out of the tub. Falls are very rusky at this point in pregnancy and everyone is more clumsy at this stage. How long the discharge lasts varies. Hope this helps. Best wishes to you and your baby. ...Read more
(Intact thick hymen-so couldn't have full penetration-&now I'm 4months pregnant)what will doc's do during cervix dilation check if hymen is intact?
Hymen: Women with intact hymen can still use tampons and usually can accommodate one finger which is all that is needed for initial cervical exams. If you have a high risk pregnancy and need a more extensive pelvic exam, a doctor could perform a small incision to open up the hymnal ring so exams are more comfortable. ...Read more
Dilation of closed cervix/hysteroscopy/endo biopsy was done in the operating room. Could not be done in the office because of my size? Normal weight
Probably not: Usually procedures are done in the operating room if an extensive procedure is expected. It's easier to obtain more tissue, have access to more equipment, or more types of anesthesia are available for your comfort. Ask your doc. Most office procedures are simple hysteroscopy (take a peek) or simple emb (biopsy). An or setting makes it easier to perform a full d;c and obtain more tissue. ...Read more