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What is cervical ripening?

What is cervical ripening

What is cervical ripening

The cervix is at the neck of the womb and its main function is to hold your baby inside of the womb until its ready to be born.

During pregnancy, the cervix is usually firm and stiff enough to help hold your baby in the uterus. But in the final days before delivery, the cervix starts to soften, become thinner (efface) and open up (dilate) to get ready for labour.

This process is called cervical ripening and it usually happens naturally before labour.

However if you do require an induction of labour, your cervix may need a little bit of help to ripen in preparation for birth and this is the situation where osmotic dilator Dilapan–S® can help you.

 

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