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when the baby drops, will it be easier to feel--ie I won't have to stick my entire hand in there to find it?
Mama to two awesome kids. Wife to a wonderful, attached, loving husband. I love my job-- I'm a Midwife, Doula and Childbirth Educator, Classes forming now!
Here is a good article that helped me....
It depends. A lot of times when baby drops (if baby drops at all...sometimes they don't until labor with multips), baby's head ends up in front of the cervix, so someone doing a vaginal exam has to follow the curve of babe's head around, then on the backside of the head, look for the cervix. That's a posterior cervix (the ones where when a nurse or dr. checks it feel like they're looking for your tonsils!) and it GENERALLY won't be very effaced or dilated. It is sometimes an entire finger's length inside the vagina.
An anterior cervix is where the cervix is in front of baby's head, not behind, and would be much easier for a mother to feel herself. It is usually starting to thin and possibly dilate (though I've found that about 90% of mothers don't dilate at all before labor starts, no matter what their OBs or L&D nurses are telling them!). It is much closer to the vaginal opening...maybe 1 or 2 knuckles inside the vagina.
I feel like I didn't explain that well at all! :
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