A Guide to The First Stage of Labor: Effacement and 2 cm Dialated, what does it mean when you are 80% effaced?
Explanation of certain changes in the cervix prior to birth is called efffacement.The baby will drop toward the lower uterus as it approaches delivery.The walls of the cervix begin to thin out in response to the change in position.It's a sign that labor and childbirth are close to hand if 80 percent effacement is combined with opening.
Your baby will assume a head-down profile inside your uterus during the final stages of your pregnancy.Your body sends signals when it senses a change in position.The order and speed of the change varies from person to person.If you are a first-time mother, the process of effacement may begin some weeks before your due date, and will generally happen in advance of any sign of dilation.If you have given birth before, the dilation will happen.
When effacement begins, the changes in your cervix will loosen a protective plug of mucus.The mucus plug through the vagina is known as the show.In some cases blood is passed along with the mucus, leading to a condition called "bloody show." Show is an easy way to mark the approach or start of labor, but it is also easy to miss.Do not worry if it is not noticed.It carries no medical consequences if you miss it.
At some point in early first stage labor, you will begin to experience effacement and dilation at the same time.The timing and progress of labor will be determined by the combination of these three factors.
The progression of labor is difficult to judge, but changes in the cervix and the length and severity of the contractions give some rough guidelines to the status of your delivery.The thickness of the wall is the measure of efffacement.Early on, effacement may be 10 percent.Dilation and effacement will advance as first stage labor develops.
A shortening of time between contractions is the main cue of advanced early stage labor.When your contractions last a minute or longer, and come every two or three minutes, you should go to the location you have arranged for birthing.You will be monitored by medical personnel.When your cervix is 80 percent dilated and you have an active labor leading to the birth of your child, you may expect an acceleration of labor.