Hello wonderful birth professionals. I need some quick advice from your well of wisdom. Is it safe for me to check my own cervix? I am 23 weeks pregnant (baby no 2), and was having cramps. I decided to explore my anatomy to see if something was up. My cervix has felt firm like a prear up until last week, but it has changed dramatically. It is soft and shorter and my fingertip slipped into it (accidentally) up to the cuticle of my nail but it was closed after that point. It has also moved farther back (lengthening my vagina) and is tilted so the opening is pointing slightly toward my rectum. I went to L&D for the cramps and contractions were observed on the monitor. I've increased my fluid intake and decreased my salt. I've stopped drinking my 1 cup of tea in the morning and switch to an herbal pregnancy tea. This morning i was overwhelmed with curiosity, so (with gloved hand) i inserted my finger into my cervix again. This time it easily fit to the first knuckle. (about 2.5 cm). At my 20 week ultrasound my servix was 5.5 cm long. My first child came vaginally exactly on his due date.
What doese this mean in reguards to dialation and effacement? My doctor(s) and the L&D nurses have not explained this situation to my liking. I seems to me that they believe that i will either not understand, or freak out if they tell me what this means. They have not recomended any restrictions (which suits me fine) and i have continued having intercorse (including orgasm and ejactulation). I am just burningly curiois about the state of my cervix, and these contractions that i conture to have.
Thanks for reading and your input is so appreciated. I'll answer and questions you have, so please ask. I just need to know.