Sentence Examples


  • Braxton Hicks contractions may occur, which can be very confusing for first time mothers because they feel similar to labor contractions but they do not cause the cervix to dilate or efface.
  • You will know you are in early labor when your doctor tells you at your weekly pelvic exam that your cervix is between one and four centimeters dilated and starting to efface.
  • With the initiation of labor, the muscular wall of the uterus begins to contract causing the cervix to open (dilatation) and thin out (efface).
  • The reason why this method works for some women is the male semen may contain prostaglandins that help efface the cervix and start labor.
  • Stage one of labor starts when your doctor tells you your cervix is dilated and you are beginning to efface.