21Dial Up The Dilation
As some women reach the last few weeks of pregnancy, they may find that their cervix begins to dilate even before labor begins. Throughout most of the pregnancy, the cervix is tightly closed. Doctors will often note dilation of the cervix up to three centimeters, but if the mother isn't
experiencing any contractions, she is not considered in active labor, as per Healthline.
Dilation is determined by a healthcare provider through an exam that involves looking to see how many fingers can be inserted into the cervix in order to estimate dilation—and ten centimeters is considered fully dilated.