Your cervix during labor

Your cervix and its changes during labor - softening, dilation, effacement

What is cervical ripening

The cervix is deep inside your vagina and is opening to your womb. The cervix should be firm, long and closed tightly until you are near the end of your pregnancy or going into labor.

As you come near to your due date, your cervix may begin to soften, shorten and could even begin to open slightly. Sometimes your clinician may use other words – such as dilation or effacement, these simply mean shortening and opening of your cervix, as it is getting ready for your baby to be delivered.

It is important to remember that this process does not happen to all women before labor naturally, therefore sometimes help called “cervical ripening", followed by induction of labor is needed. 

Stages of labor & the cervix

 

Labor has three stages and in those, also your cervix changes.

The stages are called:

early labor

active labor

transition

During this time your cervix will constantly change until it is opened for 10 cm - also called fully dilated, at which time you will begin to push to deliver your baby.

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