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#1 of 5 Old 09-24-2008, 12:17 PM - Thread Starter
 
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Last time i remember feeling like my cervix was still open (or maybe just really low?) the first time we had sex at about 8 weeks PP. That seems like a really long time. So, on average, how long does it take for a cervix to close after birth? I know it never goes back to totally closed, but as closed as it will get.

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It was probably pretty low. The cervix closes back up pretty quickly after the birth. It should be completely closed by 10-14 days postpartum, if memory serves.

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I used STM of NFP to prevent pregnancy for 12 cycles before we achieved our first planned pregnancy, so I had 350-400 experiences with checking my cervix for position, firmness/softness, and degree of openness. I began checking fertility signs again around 7 weeks pp, when I simultaneously had to leave the baby to return to work and also began having sex again. My cervix was waaaaay more open at 7 weeks than it had been before pregnancy, and it took about 7 months for mine to close up (during infertile periods) to the degree it finally settled on. As in, my "closed" cervix is not as closed as pre-pregnancy, but there has been no more closing since about 7 months.

Are you having pain during intercourse, or feelings like your cervix is being bumped?
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Not currently, but DD is 22 months old now and I am 16 weeks pregnant. I did feel very painful and like my cervix was getting hit, even with very shallow penetration. Forget about anything deep. It lasted till probably 7-8 months PP for me.

I had ended up with a c-section, but i had gotten fully dilated and was pushing for 3+ hrs before it, so I wasn't sure if it was something that happened (trauma) or if it was normal.

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What you have to remember is that your cervix changes after you have had a baby. It is no longer ever going to be round and closed tightly like it was pre pregnancy. It changes shape to be more like a slit and it will often admit a fingertip easily.

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