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What does it mean to have a long, soft uterus?

I am 36 weeks pregnant and when I go in for my appt. my doctor tells me that my uterus is still long and soft. I am not exactly sure what that mean. Can anyone help me.

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Asked by momofbigbabies at 2:41 PM on Jan. 5, 2010 in Pregnancy

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  • he probably meant your cervix is long and soft. meaning that you are not effaced but you are soft.

    "Effacement is the process by which the cervix prepares for delivery. After the baby has engaged in the pelvis, it gradually drops closer to the cervix; the cervix gradually softens, shortens and becomes thinner."

    you can always ask your doc to explain things to you. :)

    Answer by Anonymous at 2:48 PM on Jan. 5, 2010

  • oh btw it is totally normal not to be effaced at all at 36 weeks. at my 40 week appt i wasn't effaced or thinned, and my son was born at 41 weeks.

    Answer by Anonymous at 2:48 PM on Jan. 5, 2010

  • oh and the cervix is the opening of the uterus so i'm almost certain that's what he meant.

    Answer by Anonymous at 2:50 PM on Jan. 5, 2010

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