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I haven't checked my cervix specifically recently because I get these sharp pokey pains and dribble (pee) my pants when I do! But I asked my midwife to poke around last week because I wanted her to confirm that I really am feeling the head vaginally (with my fingers) - I am, and she mentioned my cervis was long & closed up tight then.

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No clue, I can't reach. My fingers are so swollen and numb I feel like I am fumbling around. Not to mention how big my belly is. And my thighs. Kinda worried about how my thighs might get in the way when I want to catch the baby. How sad is that?

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37 weeks today and I've been like 1cm and somewhat soft, mostly posterior, for over a month now (self checking out of curiosity).
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man everyone on here sounds like an expert!

I tried this morning after my shower and I felt, well, I don't know what the hell I felt, it didn't appear to be anything out of the ordinary just really squishy in there (tmi). I have really short fingers and am guessing it's just too far up there for me feel even if I did know what I was looking for..
Also just one finger up there hurt a bit. I better toughen up before a baby decides to tunnel down my vagina!
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I've checked twice lately and it's still too high to feel. I'm just now 36 weeks, so I'll give it a bit and check then.

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Today I am 60% effaced, 1cm and baby is super low. I was not dilated and just soft last week. I'll be 37 wks on monday 4th.

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My midwives don't check till labor either. They did check me at 29 weeks though when my non-stop contractions first started. At 29 weeks I was fingertip dilated, around 30% effaced (although she said she could squish it to about 50% effaced), and my cervix was super soft, but high up. I try checking myself every so often especially when I've been contracting a ton (to make sure I'm not in labor!) and so far I just think I'm fully effaced but not dilated since I don't feel any opening. I can feel baby's head though! My cervix is still really high up though which is good since I don't "want" to go into labor yet (I'll be 36 weeks on Sunday).

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Today she told me that Im 1-2cm dilated, 80% effaced and the baby is now in -2 station. Im due next Wed.

She did comment that my cervix was high up, which I wasnt expecting to hear, because way earlier in the pregnancy she said it was right there. What's up with that?!
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Today she told me that Im 1-2cm dilated, 80% effaced and the baby is now in -2 station. Im due next Wed.

She did comment that my cervix was high up, which I wasnt expecting to hear, because way earlier in the pregnancy she said it was right there. What's up with that?!
Your cervix is playing games with you!


As far as I can tell baby is still quite high up, and I have given up on my cervix doing anything exciting until right before the baby is born.
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Absolutely nothing going on as of my 37 week appointment.

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39 weeks, 1cm, soft, but not effaced.

Not too worried since I was less when I went in labor w/ my last and went from 0 to delivery in less than 3 hours.

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Saw the midwife today....

50% effaced, baby moved down further (-1) and dilated but she didn't give me a number (very stretchy too). :

All these stupid cramps and contractions are actually doing something

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Still 4cm and about 80% effaced depending on how low the baby is.

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Holy crow! Come on Katie's baby!!!

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Holy crow! Come on Katie's baby!!!
I know, right? I've had pretty much nothing all week aside from when DS nurses, but those never result in anything. I think I'm mentally blocking things from happening right now.

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41w5d
4cm, too! didn't ask this time, but 50% effaced and at -2 last week.
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I'll find out tomorrow morning - first internal exam, at 37w6d.

If I'm totally closed up, then I think I'll have to step up my encouragement measures from their current level of basically-nothing. Chiro, EPO, etc. So I hope that I've made some progress and can continue floating down the River Denial until my mom gets here next Friday
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I'll find out tomorrow morning - first internal exam, at 37w6d.

If I'm totally closed up, then I think I'll have to step up my encouragement measures from their current level of basically-nothing. Chiro, EPO, etc. So I hope that I've made some progress and can continue floating down the River Denial until my mom gets here next Friday
I've been doing chiro, epo, blue co-hosh homeopathic (only 1 day a week as prescribed), arnica homeopathic...for 3+ weeks now.

Still 1cm.

I feel like stomping and throwing a temper tantrum "WHY BOTHER?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?"


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At my midwife appt yesterday I was 2 cm and 50% effaced with baby at a -1 station. I know that these numbers really don't mean anything as far as when labor will happen but it was nice to see that all my uh "sensation laden" contractions have been doing something!

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80% effaced, 1-2 dilated, and "wow, her head's way down there! That's good progress for a third baby!"


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So I told him that my Mom was coming on the 15th, and could I have my water broken on Monday the 18th please? He said OK. Dh is freaking (NOT a fan of OBs or hospitals births), so I told him if he wants to avoid this intervention he needs to get to work starting my labor before the 18th. I wonder what he'll come up with...

Now I'm crampy as heck. Compared to my midwife, this dud has no finesse on the internal exams! It felt like he was shoving a ball peen hammer up there...
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No clue. It means nothing and increases your risk of PROM and infection. With my last birth I had a couple checks, at 42 hrs I was a maybe 2, she was born 2 hrs later. And I have had a friend be 3-4 for over 3 weeks. It's useless information at this point, and just invites problems.
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Now I'm crampy as heck. Compared to my midwife, this dud has no finesse on the internal exams! It felt like he was shoving a ball peen hammer up there...
Ugh, I know the feeling. Although, in contrast, it was my male OB who had these quick, easy cervical checks that honestly you hardly even felt it and then it was over. But the day that I went in worried about decreased fetal movement, and he wasn't there and I saw another doctor in the practice-- female-- she practically MAULED me. I would have thought that being a woman she would have been a bit better at it. I think it was a case of experience-- she was younger, and while digging around in there-- I swear-- said something about wanting to make sure that it was the head she was feeling (my OB had confirmed two days earlier that it was indeed the head, without hurting me one bit).

I'm partly convinced that it was that woman who made me go into labor four weeks early. Immediately after her exam, I had a lot of crampiness and spotting, which I never had with my regular OB. Two days later, my water broke. I've convinced myself that she accidently swept my membranes or something.

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Well, as of Wednesday 5/6 I was 1 cm and soft, baby was low, but she didn't comment on effacement as she said that was variable. But she did touch baby's head and that was weird. I did have a membrane sweep (partial - not all the way around) and then Thursday and Friday I lost my mucous plug. Lots of sensation up there today, so I'm hoping that I'm at least dilating more. If no labor until then, I'll be having her check again this coming Wednesday and probably do another sweep. Boo.

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I'm almost 38 wks and 80% effaced and 1 cm with baby very low. Suddenly very sleepy and lazy when I had a lot of energy this week. Hoping it is soon.

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