• can my baby be too big for my pelvis?

    I frequently get questions in the comment section of my article, cervical dilation 101, frequently asked questions. Every once in awhile, a question comes up that doesn’t have a simple, short answer so I’ll write a new article. The following comes from a…

  • braxton hicks

    help! I’m having Braxton Hicks: is this ok?

    Braxton Hicks contractions are sometimes referred to as false labor or pre-labor. They prepare the uterus and start the cervix effacing and dilating, getting you ready for labor. But if you’re not at least 36 weeks along in your pregnancy, when the baby’s…

  • the top 10 reasons to get an epidural

    I like to show this list to pregnant women so they have a chance to consider the side effects of an epidural before they’re actually in labor and wanting one. When a woman is in labor and overwhelmed with pain, she is not…

  • how long does it take the cervix to dilate 5 centimeters?

    Updated June 1, 2018 how long does it take cervix to open It takes a long time for the cervix to dilate 5 centimeters. It’s going to be many days or weeks of having Braxton Hicks contractions before labor begins just to get…

  • the absurd “P’s” of childbirth

    Here’s a common labor scenario: you’ve been in active labor for awhile and it seems you’re stuck. You were 5-6 centimeters dilated a few hours ago, and you’re still 5-6 cm dilated even after several hours of hard, active labor. So your doctor…