How Fast Can A Woman Dilate?

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Can dilation happen quickly?

In the first stage of labor, the cervix will dilate to 10 centimeters (cm) in width. Dilation is typically gradual, but the cervix can widen rapidly over 1 or 2 days. A few different factors can influence how quickly dilation occurs.

When do they start checking your cervix?

36-40 weeks:

We will start doing cervical exams to see if the cervix is starting to dilate. If you are scheduling an induction, we will also schedule that around this time. When your physician checks you, several things are being assessed: Cervical dilation—how open is the cervix?

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