If my cervix is dilated, what can happen?

Answer

The cervix will thin (efface) and begin to open (dilate) before delivery. In a first time mother, this process often doesn't take place until active labor has started. In a mother who has already given birth once, this process may start during the last month of pregnancy and occur gradually before the onset of active labor. In general, the dilation of the cervix indicates that labor and delivery will happen soon.

Updated on April 15, 2018

Original Article:

What to Expect in the 39th Week of Pregnancy
By Leah Lefler
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