I think it can range from weeks to hours lol
with my daughter i was not effaced dilated at all and yet she was born that night in less than three hours of labour!. BUT I read all the time of women being effaced and dilated for weeks before going into labour
With Layla hun i went in with contractions killing me every 4 mins lasting 1 min each .
they told me i was 1cm dialated and my cervix wasnt very well effaced .
Yet i had her 48 hours later .
Good luck hun . xxx .
sorry if im hijacking thread but what is effacement exactly? I keep hearing about it but really do not know what it is....is it something to do with dialating?
Effacement is the shortening, or thinning, of the cervix before or during early labour. Prior to effacement, the cervix is like a long bottleneck, usually about four centimeters in length. Throughout pregnancy, the cervix is tightly closed and protected by a plug of mucus. When the cervix effaces, the mucus plug is loosened and passes out of the vagina. The mucus may be tinged with blood and the passage of the mucus plug is called bloody show (or simply "show").
As effacement takes place, the cervix then shortens, or effaces, pulling up into the uterus and becoming part of the lower uterine wall. Effacement may be measured in percentages, from zero percent (not effaced at all) to 100 percent, which indicates a paper-thin cervix. Effacement is followed by cervical dilation.
wow thank you to both of you - very knowledgable and yes, very helpful to know - one more quick question, if your effaced, does that mean labour has started or is on its way? Also, are there any signs that you are beginning to efface?
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