Had an appt today at 36w3d and the doctor did a cervical check. 1 cm dilated and starting to soften! Baby beginning her descent, doc guesses her current weight at around 6.5 lbs, thinks she'll likely be between 7.5 and "high 8s" at birth depending on when I deliver. I know 1 cm doesn't mean anything especially this early but still, it's exciting to hear "dilated"!
Anyway, doc said I may bleed a little but I've been surprised at how much. Nothing hurt while she was checking me. I have not seen a single spot of blood since my last period back in mid-July, but since my appointment I've gone through four pantiliners--is that normal?
Fiction writer by training, writer/editor of anything anyone will hire me for by trade. Me + D=my girls E (4/2011) and little N, 1/2014.
Sorry your having so much bleeding....my MW checked me on thursday the 31st and i was 1cm with a thick cervix...and i'm 38 wks 6 days. No bleeding....i'd be careful with anyone checking me again if i had that much bleeding at 36 weeks. I've decided no more fingers in my vagina...from here on out. I'm the only one who will check me! I know my body works and I know i will go into labor no matter what! I know it's so hard to not have the cervix checked....but for me it just started creating a monster where i felt that if my cervix was dialated that baby was coming soon. And thats so not the case. So ive surrendered to the powers that be and released it all to the energy of the universe. Hope the bleeding has let up by now.
Yeah, I'm anti cervical checks too because they mean very little, can obviously cause bleeding as you are dealing with, and can introduce bacteria. Not the best idea. Really, cervical checks mean very little. When labor kicks in, you will likely be required by the doc or midwife when you go in (assuming you are going to a hospital or birth center) to be checked and then I'd tell them no more until you feel like it's time to push if things are seeming to go well. They usually want to check at the end to make sure you are actually 10 cm.
Honestly, I was not checked before my body started pushing out baby last time. Not like they could have stopped it. LOL
I don't really think checking is necessary at all but those 2 times I mentioned are usually required by a care provider. Blah.
I think I read someone was 3 cm for a couple weeks and then 5 cm for a week! So, yeah.
Happily married Christian SAHM of 2 boys, DD1 , and DD2 July 2013
I also will not be having cervical checks. If I go past my EDD then I might consent to a check. I tried to find my cervix the other day and its too high and posterior for me to find so I know an exam would be uncomfortable to say the least. They are the most painful part of labor in my opinion so I keep cervical checks to the bare minimum.
Taryn-31 Crunchy Conservative Catholic SAHM with DH-32
DS 7.5, DD 5 (vbac), DD 2.5 (vbac), and DD 12/30/13 (vbac)
My feelings on cervical checks are this: it meas nothing like other PPs said, and "curiosity killed the cat".... lol. That's what I tell myself whenever I'm thinking "well, maybe I'll have her check me..." I remind myself that it is not helpful in any way and that I'm more likely to have something negative or even negative expectations out of it than it is to do any good. lol.