Sentence Examples

  • The doctor can tell if the cervix is dilated or has begun to thin and soften (efface).
  • 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.
  • Stage one of labor starts when your doctor tells you your cervix is dilated and you are beginning 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).
  • 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.