I've been extremely grumpy today. Make that the past week. Irritable, anti-social, tired, frustrated.
So I had my weekly appointment with the midwife. Today I'm 39 weeks and 2 days. She offered cervical massage, or, if I was dilated at least 1 cm, then a membrane sweep.
I quickly asked my husband, "What do you think?" But his answer didn't matter...I knew I was going to go for it since I've been so fed up with being pregnant! I'm ready to hold my baby and ready to be able to get out of bed without rolling around uncomfortably.
So in she went. My cervix was still pretty far back, but dilated 1 cm, so she was able to sweep the membranes. Twice. It was quite a bit of pressure. Uncomfortable. Not really pain. It's hard to describe how it felt. But it definitely felt like she was digging around up there...something I've never experienced before. It was hard to relax during it. (I hope that's not an indication of how I'll handle labor!) I didn't like the sensation, but looking back, it doesn't seem so bad.
She also said my cervix was 50% softened, or did she say effaced? I don't remember. I was having a hard time concentrating at that point. Maybe softened would make more sense? She said that she thought my cervix was still far back because of the baby being so low. I don't know why that would be anatomically, but that was her assessment. She could feel the baby's head and thought the baby was at -2 station. She was pleased with how everything was going.
There was a little blood at the time. And also a little when I've wiped since...with some little bits of something or other coming out too. My mucous plug? There's some very mild cramping, but if I hadn't had my membranes sweeped, I would've said the cramping was pretty typical for me at this stage in pregnancy anyway. I'm a tiny bit sore up there, but again nothing major.
So now we wait! I hear some women go into labor in about 48 hours...or it might do nothing at all. Ha! We shall soon find out!