So I tried to check myself for dilation (cause I am such the professional) and I have to say I am pretty familiar with my cervix and I am not sure if I found it at all. It feels like marshmellow fluff up in there. I am not kidding. What happened to my cervix? How am I supposed to put EPO capsules up there if I can't find it? Oh where oh where did my cervix go?
Where did my cervix go?
It could be posterior, chances are you'd still be able to feel it even if you were pretty far effaced. It moves around during non-pregnancy depending on cycle phase, and during pregnancy it's normally posterior and moves anterior the closer you get to birth, or it may stay posterior until active labor hits.
The only way I can get near mine is sitting on the potty with one foot on a stool and the other on the floor, Mine is 2-3 cm and I can feel the opening, but checking actual dilation is nearly impossible for me. My midwife told me I should stop checking because she could barely check me because of how soft and .... 5kidspelvicfloorsoft I am.
Good luck in your search :)
How do you know if it is effaced? Does it feel like marshmallow fluff because it is effacing? My MW doesn't do checks til 38 weeks and I am too impatient to not at least try to check it out. Plus I need to put the EPO up there.
I never dilated with Lennon and had to be induced after my water broke, I am hoping SOMETHING is happening in there
Anterior- yes- moving forward so it's easier to reach. Effacement is when the cervix thins/shortens out from being a long neck of a thingy. For a picture view click here- http://www.ahutton.com/cgw/dilation.htm and here- http://iahealth.net/cervical-effacement/
I feel like mine might be 90 or more % effaced- my MW doesn't ordinarily do internal checks but I may ask her to do so tomorrow when she comes over.
Anterior means that your cervix will be closer to the vaginal opening and easier to reach, you'll definitely know when it's anterior. With my first pregnancy it was posterior until I hit about 5cm and I think it mostly had to do with what station his head was at. I was checking myself prior to going to the hospital and was finally able to feel it and realized I was 100% effaced and had a bulging bag of water.
It'll definitely feel more mushy when effaced but often times before labor kicks in it's more cone-like, narrower at the base and wider at the opening. For subsequent pregnancies I think it's pretty typical to be softer and more open later on in pregnancy. You can push the EPO in as far as you can reach and if you're laying down it should melt and go where it needs to go
Same here...doesn't feel at all the same as before pregnancy, which I suppose is to be expected. I have not had an internal exam (38 weeks) yet so I have no "professional opinion" to go by. I just wish I knew if something was happening!