by Penny Simkin, PT; et al
Q: Will a vaginal exam tell me when I can expect labor to begin?
A: While a vaginal exam can provide information about the present state of your cervix, it can’t predict when you’ll go into labor or how long your labor will last. If you have a very ripe, effaced cervix, you may go into labor right away or in several weeks. The same is true if you have a thick, firm cervix.
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