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Cervix (Definition)

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


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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.

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

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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 more

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Can orgasm help dilate favorable cervix?

Can orgasm help dilate favorable cervix?

Probably not: Orgasm may cause some uterine contractions, but is not associated with causing labor. ...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 etc). Oxytocin infusion can also help dilate the cervix to trigger labor. ...Read more

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How do I know if my cervix has started to dilate early?

EXAMINATION: The doctor would have to do a pelvic exam and determine if the cervix is dilated. ...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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