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How To Help Dilate Your Cervix
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
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?
Strip membranes: Intercourse was felt to increase the chance of labor but a recent study calls that into question. The only other way is having your OB provider strip your membranes during a visit to the office, but even that is hit or miss. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Being Pregnant: Nope. Not at all. ...Read more
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 etc). Oxytocin infusion can also help dilate the cervix to trigger labor. ...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
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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