What is it doing these day? :) Just curious.
Those of you that keep an eye on your own cervix...
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!
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?
Definitely. Mine feels like this guy's mouth: 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!
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:)
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 ) 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).
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.
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?