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Old Jan 4th, 2009, 14:12 PM   1
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Effacement


Does anyone know how long it takes for effacement to take place? I know it will be different for everyone but does it mean im weeks off? Or can it happen in a couple of days? Cheers.x



 
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Old Jan 4th, 2009, 14:17 PM   2
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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

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Old Jan 4th, 2009, 14:26 PM   3
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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 .



 
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Old Jan 4th, 2009, 14:32 PM   4
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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?



 
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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 when the cervix thins out. It is like a bottle neck usually and is 3cm to 5cm thick. It goes to about as thin as a sheet of paper when you are giving birth. x



 
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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.

hope this helps hunn....



 
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Old Jan 4th, 2009, 14:38 PM   7
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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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Can take hours or weeks Sovereign, just depends on your body, they say keeping hydrated and walking helps.......



 
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Old Jan 4th, 2009, 14:42 PM   9
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Thanks Aurora... I had no idea what effacement was either! Throughout this pregnancy the human body just keeps on surprising me!!

Sovereign... I hope that effacement happens quickly for you!! xx



 
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Old Jan 4th, 2009, 14:45 PM   10
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My last appt @ 35 weeks, I was told I was already 25% effaced and 1 cm dilated. I'm assuming it can happen in slow stages as I feel nothing.



 
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