A question about your cervix ??

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  1. johnoblueshoe

    johnoblueshoe Expecting number 5

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    I get the whole dialation of cervix bit that it has to get to 10cm so you can labour your baby but what i cant get my head round is all these other MW terms...so was hoping someone could explain them to me what they all mean and how and when they happen....i know its in the last stages of pregnancy but what order etc....:wacko: ( ripening / softening / effacement / thinning / dilation ....

    please dont think im thick as i know you have to thin out and dilate but if your checking your own cervix how will this thinning feel does it mean your cervix becomes lower to reach ??
     
  2. johnoblueshoe

    johnoblueshoe Expecting number 5

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    mumtobeplus1 Expecting & Mum of 1

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    I have no idea either hun, all i know is that in labour, the 1st stage is contractions
    which dilate your cervix, the 2nd stage, where you've reached 10cms and start
    to push your baby out, and the 3rd stage, where the placenta is delivered.
    I have no idea about thinning ect of the cervix, ive never tried to touch mine,
    i just leave well alone as things happen when they happen, regardless of me
    knowing about it or not. x
     
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    lisaf Super tired new mom

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    I think some of the terms are interchangeable.
    My pregnancy book describes the cervix like a very thick doughnut... it not only has to get bigger in the center hole (dilation) but it also get thinner and flatter too like a pancake with a hole in the center (effacement, thinning)

    I don't know if ripening and softening of the cervix are the same as effacement/thinning or are part of it.
    I believe its supposed to get thinner before it starts dilating but I don't know if thats required, if it can happen super fast or what... (it gets soft in perparation to thin out, then gets thinner, then start dilating etc)
     
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    ummar Well-Known Member

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    I don't agree that ignorance is bliss - it's very empowering to learn about your own body and sometimes that actually helps with understanding why we have to let nature take its course.

    Johnoblueshoe, you've asked a good question cos' i wasnt clear myself. Thinning and effacement are the same thing - your cervix is like a long tube right now (mine was measured as 4 cm at last scan). When it thins or effaces, it becomes flatter and flatter.

    Dilation refers to the hole in the centre of your tube-like cervix - it starts to open up wider and wider as you approach labour.

    Hope this doesn't further confuse!
     
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    ummar Well-Known Member

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  7. johnoblueshoe

    johnoblueshoe Expecting number 5

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    thanks ladies
     

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