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Those of you that keep an eye on your own cervix...

post #1 of 21
Thread Starter 

What is it doing these day? :) Just curious.

post #2 of 21

It seems that what my cervix does depends on where the baby is. Before it was anterior, soft, and pretty low, baby at the time was anterior. Last time I checked baby was high and posterior, and my cervix was high, posterior, and soft. More reason for me to obsess about fetal positioning, I'd like to go into labor before 42 weeks!

post #3 of 21
Mine's posterior, 50% effaced and about 1cm dilated:) I don't check very often but was curious yesterday so had a feel;) LOL Baby is all over the place though so it changes regularly.
post #4 of 21
Thread Starter 

Mine moves depending on baby....sometimes anterior and sometimes posterior. I am not super cervix savvy, but decently.  I am about a finger tip dilated, super soft and squishy.

 

Can you other mamas help me here...mine feels almost horizontal....or like it is squished. I can't describe it. But more like a small pair of lips vs uniform in diameter.  Does that make sense? It that common?

post #5 of 21
Yup. Second time vaginal birthing moms have slits instead of donut shaped os's(the cervical entrance). "Lips" would be the perfect description for mine as well.
post #6 of 21

Okay, this thread made me check. I know I have a cervix, but I can't feel it right now. Or if I can, it is very soft and indistinguishable from other tissue. I am carrying this baby high like I did with my others, so it is likely that I am not feeling cervix at all.

post #7 of 21

I also felt mine and it was soft low and about a fingertip dilated. I am carrying the baby really really low. Is it possible that I could feel his head? Not at the cervix but above it? I am new to checking. What does a fingertip mean?

post #8 of 21

Mine is about 3.5cm, soft, shortening, and sometimes more anterior/posterior, but that might be due to the fact that I'm normally VERY retroflexed???  Anna, a fingertip is about 1cm.

 

 

 

 

post #9 of 21
how do you know how effaced you are? I haven't gone checking throughout pregnancy (there was plenty of it while TTC--I actually thought to myself the other day that it's been MONTHS since I've poked myself in the cervix wink1.gif ) but am thinking that I'd like to start keeping track again now..
post #10 of 21

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Originally Posted by Tulafina View Post

Yup. Second time vaginal birthing moms have slits instead of donut shaped os's(the cervical entrance). "Lips" would be the perfect description for mine as well.


Definitely. Mine feels like this guy's mouth:  irked.gif  ever since DD was born.  My cervix is also tilted to one side, and is permanently about 1 cm dilated. 

 

I have only checked mine once in the last couple of weeks, and it was hard to reach.  Not because of my belly, but because I'm so, ah, engorged I guess, with the extra blood flow.  Hard to get my finger up there all the way--and I never had trouble doing it daily for 2 years of FAM.  So I'm not really feeling inspired to keep at it.  I'll probably start checking it occasionally after 36 weeks if i can reach, since I have no reason to think babe would come before that.

 

 

Not that it will hurt to try, but if you didn't habitually check your own cervix pre-pregnancy, I'm not sure its going to give you a lot of information. (For me, at least) it seems like you need to know what your baseline, unpregnant fertile and fertile cervix feels like for comparison.   And as interesting as it is, it won't necessarily give you any clue as to when babe will arrive.  A friend from a prior DDC walked around at 6 cm for a week or more with her second...you just never know!

 

post #11 of 21
well, I tried it yesterday--posterior and low and possibly just a teeny bit open (maybe a fingertip? Didn't feel like much). Still hard as a...well, hard as a cervix, I guess. Not sure what a good comparison is to that smile.gif I'll probably try it again in a week or two to see if anything has changed...
post #12 of 21
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Originally Posted by AnnaB77 View Post

I also felt mine and it was soft low and about a fingertip dilated. I am carrying the baby really really low. Is it possible that I could feel his head? Not at the cervix but above it? I am new to checking. What does a fingertip mean?

Yes:) I can feel this baby's head through my vaginal wall, up beside my cervix.It really changes the position of my cervix when they're that low. A fingertip is around 1cm dilated:)



 
post #13 of 21
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Originally Posted by prettyisa View Post

how do you know how effaced you are? I haven't gone checking throughout pregnancy (there was plenty of it while TTC--I actually thought to myself the other day that it's been MONTHS since I've poked myself in the cervix wink1.gif ) but am thinking that I'd like to start keeping track again now..


Effacement is the length/thickness of your cervix. Mine is half as long as it was when I got pregnant. It's also very soft and spongy/stretchy. This happens with mom's that have had a previous vaginal birth. This is why labour is usually much shorter with baby #2 because a lot of the early labour with #1 is just working on effacement. Once a woman is close to 100% effaced, the dilation starts to happen:) The way I explain it to clients is- Imagine a turtleneck shirt- First the turtleneck(cervix that is 2-3cm long) has to change slowly into a round neck t-shirt collar(cervix 100% effaced). Then the collar has to open up to around 10cm. Then the baby slips through the collar...and as soon as they hit your pelvic floor...voila! The urge to push starts! (I know some never have the urge but it's quite rare).

post #14 of 21

Thank you so much Tulafina for all the great information.!!

post #15 of 21
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Originally Posted by Tulafina View Post

Yes:) I can feel this baby's head through my vaginal wall, up beside my cervix.It really changes the position of my cervix when they're that low. A fingertip is around 1cm dilated:)



I can feel my baby's head, and could with #3 too. :)  I never checked my cervix until #3 (we charted to conceive with her, so I was getting to know things).  I remember going to my Dr on freak out thinking I was nuts at 32 weeks...."I CAN FEEL HER HEAD!"  She assured me it WAS her head and that it was fine, lol.

post #16 of 21
thanks, tulafina! I'm going to guess that mine is right around 0 then, considering that it still feels basically like it did before I got pregnant. Which is fine with me--I still have at least a month to go!
post #17 of 21

So I am so disappointed.  I checked my cervix only a few times in the pregnancy, and its gotten consistently harder to reach.  I tried to check before meeting my doula last night, and couldn't reach it at all! So disappointed, because I was hoping to be able to check it periodically towards the end of this pregnancy. 

 

My doula said that the cervix moves more posterior as pregnancy progresses, which I guess could explain why I can't reach it anymore....is that correct?

 

I usually check when squatting.  Its not my girth interfereing, either--I don't have any finger left and I'm still feeling nothing.  Any advice?  Is there a better position than a squat?

post #18 of 21

I've had better luck slightly reclining on the toilet than squatting, but I couldn't find my cervix last night either.

post #19 of 21
It does tend to shift more posterior towards the end of pregnancy. I bet, once you are close to your DD, you'll find it a lot easier to reach it. The baby will be lower and it'll push it downwards. But like you mentioned above...it doesn't really matter!! smile.gif
post #20 of 21
Thread Starter 

Mine does what Tulafina says....mine shifts posterior and I cannot reach it (it hides behind baby's head), then it shifts anterior closer to labor.

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