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What does it mean to be effaced in pregnancy

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09/12/14

During late pregnancy your doctor might start doing vaginal exams to check your cervix. Your doctor will be checking for cervical effacement and dilation.

Effacement: The cervix thinning out. During pregnancy the cervix is about 3-5cm during pregnancy. During the final weeks of pregnancy and during labor the cervix will thin down to paper thin.

Dilation: The cervix will be closed during pregnancy but will open in a progress called dilation. As the cervix dilates (opens) the doctor will be able to measure how much it is open. The cervix dilated from 1-10cm.

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