Cervical Effacement

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Cervical Effacement

Cervical effacement

As labor nears, the fetus's head drops down into the pelvis and pushes against the cervix. The cervix begins to thin (efface) and open (dilate), sometimes over a few weeks.

Current as of: February 11, 2020

Author: Healthwise Staff

Medical Review: Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine

Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine

Kirtly Jones, MD - Obstetrics and Gynecology, Reproductive Endocrinology