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    Cervical Effacement

    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.

    By Healthwise Staff
    Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine
    Kirtly Jones, MD - Obstetrics and Gynecology
    Last Revised November 13, 2013

    Last Revised: November 13, 2013

    Author: Healthwise Staff

    Medical Review: Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & Kirtly Jones, MD - Obstetrics and Gynecology

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