Herein, is the cervix high or low before labor?
Your cervix -- the lower, narrow end ofthe uterus that protrudes into the vagina -- softens as it'spreparing for labor. This process, known as "ripening" oreffacement, usually begins during the last month of yourpregnancy.
Similarly, you may ask, how does your cervix change before labor?
As you approach the time of birth, yourcontractions draw the cervix up into the body ofthe uterus, and it becomes thinner (called effacement) andopens (called dilation). When the cervix is fully dilated(about ten centimeters), contractions help the baby begin tomove from the uterus into the vagina.
A doctor may apply a medication that containsprostaglandin to soften the cervix and promotedilation. A process called membrane stripping may help. Itinvolves a doctor or midwife rubbing their fingers against themembranes of the amniotic sac to release prostaglandin into theuterus and help the cervix dilate.