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What does it mean to get thinned out?

My cousin is past 9 months and her water has not broken and her contractions keep coming and then stopping and she is suppose to go in on sunday and get thinned out and learn more of what the doctor needs to do.

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69becca

Asked by 69becca at 7:39 PM on Sep. 12, 2013 in Pregnancy

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  • They are going to thin out her cervix. This way the baby can start the journey down the birth canal. It's what effacement is.

    QuinnMae

    Answer by QuinnMae at 7:42 PM on Sep. 12, 2013

  • Yep. Quinn beat me to it.
    2autisticsmom

    Answer by 2autisticsmom at 8:45 PM on Sep. 12, 2013

  • Cervix is like a fat little donut. Dilated means opened, as of the donut hole gets bigger. Thinning or effacing would be like flattening the donut with a rolling pin.
    PartyGalAnne

    Answer by PartyGalAnne at 8:47 PM on Sep. 12, 2013

  • Yup, PGA, I was going to say it would be like making a doughnut out of playdough and then pressing it flat with your palm.
    Ballad

    Answer by Ballad at 11:40 PM on Sep. 12, 2013

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