Soft (long) cervix/contractions (33 weeks tomorrow {Friday 5/31}) - Mothering Forums

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Hello ladies,


I have been having contractions. I'll be 33 weeks tomorrow. The contractions are not painful but come often and then none. I've had more than 5 in an hour. Then if I lay down (and sometimes I will hydrate more) the usually go away. I was nursing my DD but have, sadly, had to wean her immediately as nursing would bring on long tight contractions. (The weaning has been awful as you can imagine...) I went in Tuesday ( a few days ago) to the CNM and she said my cervix was long but soft. I am trying to find out some info on this and it seems the softening of my cervix is a danger zone? I also have a yeast infection that I am treating as of Tuesday night. 


Does anyone have any info on this? I can't seem to find too much information... 



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What did the CNM say exactly...was she worried?

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if you have already had a baby it is normal for your cervix to soften earlier. Its length which can only be seen by ultrasound and dialation are what to look for. A soft cervix is not really an indicator or labor though your contractions are a concern but if they go away with rest and water then thay could also be nothing. I suffer preterm labor and incompetant cervix. I was 80% effaced and 3cm dialated at 34 weeks when I got out of the hospital and I had to be induced 3 weeks later wit little change so it really depends on the person.

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I went into labour and had my DD at 34 weeks. I thought I was having BH contractions but started timing them and they were EXACTLY 7 mins apart. And they did not stop. No matter what I did (and oh how I wish I could've stopped them).


I have heard that having a softened cervix and even some dilation with a second pregnancy is relatively common early on, and not necessarily a sign of imminent labour.


I think listening to your CNM and whether or not she is worried, or wants to keep a closer eye on you is your best best as she would know what to look. I think the fact that your contractions stop is a great sign from my experience.


Oh - my DD was born very healthy at 34w+1d (APGARs of 9 and 9). She did have to stay in the NICU for 1 week but is a healthy and active 22 month old now.


Best of luck to you!

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Thanks for the replies ladies! Sorry it took so long to reply back, we don't have the internets at home ;)


He is still cookin' in the belly, having contractions still but not too frequent as I was when exercising/nursing DD. If I get them I just chill out with what I am doing and they seem to follow suit.


My CNM said to be cautious but not excessively worry. She didn't mention about the 2nd pregnancy resulting in a soft cervix. I appreciate you all putting those two bits in.


Thanks again!

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