Checked myself last night...
So, I am not the only one, micah_mae?
I have been feeling cervical twinges lots in the last few weeks and just wondered what was up? I am soft, about one... I don't think I'll be checking anymore, though... I tend to be at least 2-3 by 37 weeks and have never had an 'on time' baby. So, really there is no point. Plus, I don't want to mess with my flora down there after all my hard work! I was just curious if it had started yet at 31 1/2 weeks.
babytoes, I am only familiar with how my cervix feels because I have been feeling it for years (used it as a fertility sign when TTC and TTA). I would sometimes feel it in early pregnancy b/c I was afraid of m/c and wanted too keep track of it for a bit. I felt for the opening and I know 1 fingertip is 1 cm... I remember trying to check myself during my first two pregnancies and having no idea what I was feeling.
yeah, your cervix is sometimes mushy-soft and can be pretty anterior in pregnancy, making it hard to "check." One fingertip is 1 cm and 2 fingers is 2 cm. Stretching your fingers slightly apart is 3 cms... I know that the outer os is usually always open a little bit all the time (at least a fingertip or so) after you've given birth once or twice. :)
I think my main problem is its pointed back, and I think I should try doing it while squating slightly with a foot on the toilette. That's what I read at least, is to try that positioning. My midwives are pretty hands off, and we will be doing very limited checking during labor. I find it to be counter productive sometimes, so I just want to go off instincts. But I am curious! I will try it again and see if I can get a better feel of it... At least I know its very squishy, although finding the front was a pain. I know that I tend to walk around at 3 for quite some time too, and being #4 baby I would be surprised if I wasn't already 1-2.