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post #101 of 964

I can do it just fine.  I do have to be squatting or sitting on a toilet though.  I'm pretty familiar with mine, since I used to check it for NFP.  I also checked myself while in labor with #2, just because I was curious.
 

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Originally Posted by rhombus View Post

Wow, I'm impressed by those of you who can check your own cervix.  Maybe my arms are just short, but I can barely check myself when *not* pregnant. Add a little person up and under my ribs, and there is no way I can bend and reach. I guess I just assumed it would be near impossible for any pregnant woman this far along. 

 

It's difficult enough for me to insert my nightly Evening Primrose Oil capsule! I admit that I *am* curious, though!

 

 



 

post #102 of 964

I would have no idea what I was looking for.  I'm also having a hard time uh, grooming, down there so I doubt I could actually reach it!  Haha!

post #103 of 964
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Originally Posted by TalkToMeNow View Post


I was good at this while ttc, but I can't find my cervix now! Jaimee tried to explain the positioning earlier, but I am still confused. blush.gif I guess it is just too high to reach. It's funny, though, because it was never too high for me to reach when I was charting...

 

I would guess the bigger problem is that it is tucked back so you have to reach way up and back, which may not be possible for those with shorter fingers.
 

 

post #104 of 964

I've tried checking myself too. I could easily find my cervix before I got pregnant. I'd check for it every now and then while we were TTC, but I can't get to it now. I have rather short fingers, so I'm sure that's the problem. 

post #105 of 964

I can't get to it now either, and I have very long fingers.  It must be way back up there.

post #106 of 964
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Originally Posted by Ablemec View Post

I can't get to it now either, and I have very long fingers.  It must be way back up there.


Yeah, I have long fingers, too. It's the incredible disappearing cervix! I'm thinking that is not a sign of impending labor...

 

post #107 of 964

Ha ha.  I also have trouble with grooming (I can't see anything!!), but I can find my cervix okay..  I can only feel it if I'm sitting on the toilet though.  If I'm standing or laying down it's in the wrong position.  I suspect that you'd already need to be familiar with what's going on in there, otherwise you wouldn't know what had changed.  I used to check mine all the time, as it's a good way to chart fertility. 

 

I bet it totally depends on each woman's anatomy anyway..  Fingers, position, depth, etc.
 

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I would have no idea what I was looking for.  I'm also having a hard time uh, grooming, down there so I doubt I could actually reach it!  Haha!



 

post #108 of 964
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Originally Posted by TalkToMeNow View Post


Yeah, I have long fingers, too. It's the incredible disappearing cervix! I'm thinking that is not a sign of impending labor...

 



I know.  I'm bummed!  But then, I am showing other signs so . . . I guess it's true that the only sure sign is contractions, in a pattern, increasing in strength, duration and frequency?

post #109 of 964

I can't see either!  I feel like I didn't have this much trouble last time....  Ugh.  I don't know what to do.  I'm totally not the type to just say *screw it* and stop shaving.  I just can't.  
 

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Originally Posted by Abraisme View Post

Ha ha.  I also have trouble with grooming (I can't see anything!!), but I can find my cervix okay..  I can only feel it if I'm sitting on the toilet though.  If I'm standing or laying down it's in the wrong position.  I suspect that you'd already need to be familiar with what's going on in there, otherwise you wouldn't know what had changed.  I used to check mine all the time, as it's a good way to chart fertility. 

 

I bet it totally depends on each woman's anatomy anyway..  Fingers, position, depth, etc.
 



 



 

post #110 of 964
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Originally Posted by TalkToMeNow View Post

It's the incredible disappearing cervix! I'm thinking that is not a sign of impending labor...

 

I wouldn't be so sure.  I think that cervical position can change quite quickly.
 

 

post #111 of 964


My midwife told me just today that even though it was still all the way back there (I can *occasionally* reach if I try REALLY hard) it can change in a jiffy. It's also really hard for me because it's behind his little head and I have short fingers and he seems to have a big head... eyesroll.gif Ahhh well. :)

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I wouldn't be so sure.  I think that cervical position can change quite quickly.
 

 



 

post #112 of 964

I shave blindly and hope for the best.  innocent.gif
 

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Originally Posted by jbk21 View Post

I can't see either!  I feel like I didn't have this much trouble last time....  Ugh.  I don't know what to do.  I'm totally not the type to just say *screw it* and stop shaving.  I just can't.  
 



 



 

post #113 of 964

You and me both, Abra.  I cut myself last week.  Ouch.

post #114 of 964

There's not a good 'smilie' to represent this..  Ha ha ha.
 

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You and me both, Abra.  I cut myself last week.  Ouch.



 

post #115 of 964

So I get that sometimes when the water breaks, it's like a trickle or a leak, but I still can't figure out if my water's broken or if I've actually had to pee for the last two and a half hours. Should you be able to feel like you can "hold it in" if it's the water and not urine? It's still kind of leaking out a bit, but it feels like I can control it a bit. Are there any ways to tell what's going on? If my water was broken, would I also be having contractions? I thought I felt some cramping earlier, but nothing in the last hour...

 

And then, about two of the many times I've gone to the bathroom this morning, I've felt sometime kind of like a clot pass through, but I don't see anything in the toilet. Could that be mucous? Is it sometimes colourless? I thought it would be stickier and end up on the toilet paper, not just pass out like that... 

post #116 of 964

opus you can't "hold in" your water. If you can control what's coming out by contracting your muscles, it's most likely urine. And some women who have their water break spontaneously, won't have contractions for the first 24 hours or so and are fine. If you have a midwife, I would suggest calling her and asking if you can come in and get the fluid tested on a strip to see if it's urine or fluids.

post #117 of 964

The best way to tell if your water has broken is to sit down for a bit and then stand up.  If a gush of fluid comes out when you stand, your water has probably broken.  With #2 my water broke, but was just a trickle for hours (it was really annoying)..  I could not hold it in though.

 

No, you might not have contractions after you water breaks.  I had a friend who's water broke and she still wasn't having contractions 5 DAYS later.  However, most of the time contractions will start within 24 hours of your waters breaking. 

 

Yes, mucus can be clearish and come out in chunks.  It's likely that some will come out in your panties though..  If you water has broken you will need a heavy duty pad to absorb the fluid as you walk around.
 

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So I get that sometimes when the water breaks, it's like a trickle or a leak, but I still can't figure out if my water's broken or if I've actually had to pee for the last two and a half hours. Should you be able to feel like you can "hold it in" if it's the water and not urine? It's still kind of leaking out a bit, but it feels like I can control it a bit. Are there any ways to tell what's going on? If my water was broken, would I also be having contractions? I thought I felt some cramping earlier, but nothing in the last hour...

 

And then, about two of the many times I've gone to the bathroom this morning, I've felt sometime kind of like a clot pass through, but I don't see anything in the toilet. Could that be mucous? Is it sometimes colourless? I thought it would be stickier and end up on the toilet paper, not just pass out like that... 



 

post #118 of 964

Also wanted to add to Abra's post of changing positions to tell if your water has broken. Alot of women will find if they lie down with a broken water, it will gush as opposed to standing or sitting.

post #119 of 964

Yup, if you try to engage your pelvic floor as the fluid is coming out (do a kegel) urine will stop, amniotic fluid will not.  Hope you're on your way to having a baby!

post #120 of 964

Amniotic fluid is also thicker than urine and smells kind of sweet.  But like the others have said, if you can control the flow with your muscles then it's not fluid.  Like my first mw always told us, eventually all pregnant women pee themselves.  lol.gif

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