Last night I tried to check again and could juuuuuust barely touch it with two fingers. With three I could easily feel into the lip and realized my cervix was so stretchy I could actually pull it forward to feel how dilated it was with absolutely zero discomfort... so weird! It's VERY soft, easily stretchy and quite thin. At least 70-80% effaced and a stretchy 2-3cm dilated. And the most awesome part?... I felt the baby's head. :) She's so skinny! There's no fat on her head at all! No wrinkles!
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Ugh! I try and try, with my last two DDs, but I can never even reach it. It's so frustrating...just because I want to feel her head or something! HA! Oh well, I will try to remember to do it after labor begins this time so that maybe I can feel her :) My cervix is just SO high...lol...oh well!
Isn't it AMAZING to feel the baby's head?! I will never get tired of the awe...
And yes, membrane sweeping : if you are very, very gentle and use tiny, soft, exploratory touches without deeply probing... you're good. :) Membrane sweeping involves some pretty heavy duty stretching open, forcing and prying; that's why it's often painful to have done. You'd also notice some contractions, discomfort or even spotting following that.
To be on the safe side: use touches light enough that you can't feel with your cervix, and do not try to force fingers into a closed os. Think of it like reading braille! If you're touching any harder than you would to read braille, that's too hard.
When I had mine checked on Friday--- the nurse was literally on top of me straining with all of her night to find mine. I don't know why it is so hard to reach, but every time it is PAINFUL and lets me know that I could NEVER find it on my own haha. I'm a small girl too, I guess I just assumed that it would make it easier to get too.... obviously NOT.
Checked today because of so much pressure down in that general area. I am definately more effaced than a few days ago. I was super long then. About a third shorter now. I have no clue how dilated 2 fingers is. Its been so long since I have done checked for dilation. I could only get a finger in or so the other day and I guessed that was 1 cm or so. Today i can get two fingers in and its stretchy. Still closed more on the inside though so not sure it means much. Wish all this pressure would go away though. Lots of pinching of the cervix when walking and keep feeling like I have to go to the bathroom (number two) though I have already been so many times today. Think things are progressing along. Now just very neauseous. Ugh, baby come soon. Whenever you are ready that is.