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I have a message in for my midwife and am waiting for her to call me. In the meantime I wanted to post here for some reassurance.<br><br>
This is my third pregnancy and I will be 20 weeks on Sunday.<br><br>
A few minutes ago I was using the bathroom and I literally felt something "drop" inside my vagina. It was a strange sensation. I got a mirror and looked and my cervix has dropped. It is very low (like at the opening of my vulva). It is swollen looking as well. There is no bleeding and my cervix appears to be closed.<br><br>
Is this something that just happens with third pregnancies or is this something to be concerned about?
 

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Um, I'm thinking if you can see your cervix with a mirror, its a problem. I hope your MW gets back to you soon. Please update us.
 

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She called back and said that there was no way she could make a diagnosis over the telephone but that it did sound off. She said to stay off of my feet this weekend and that she wanted to see me Monday. And that if anything at all changed to call her immediately, she is on call all weekend. It didn't sound like something she had really heard of because if it were or if it were normal or even semi-normal she would have said "Oh yeah, that is probably just blah, blah, blah". It makes me nervous that she didn't do that but it also gives me reassurance that she didn't say "Go to the ER immediately".<br><br>
I have tried to find information online and can't really find much other than that the cervix is usually "high and tight" during pregnancy and that during labor it softens and shortens. So it is definitely not "short".<br><br>
I was hoping to get a ton of replies that this is normal. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment">
 

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If it were me I'd go in to the ER... I'm not at all trying to scare you but I've never ever heard of that before and it sounds unusual.
 

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My first thought from your description was <a href="http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/405787_3" target="_blank">uterine or cervical prolapse</a>, but I don't have any personal experience with that. Honestly, I wouldn't wait until Monday. It may be end up being no big deal, but unless someone jumps in here and says "That happened to me and I was fine," waiting 3 days for something that the midwife couldn't identify over the phone doesn't make sense to me.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">My first thought from your description was <a href="http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/405787_3" target="_blank">uterine or cervical prolapse</a>, but I don't have any personal experience with that. Honestly, I wouldn't wait until Monday. It may be end up being no big deal, but unless someone jumps in here and says "That happened to me and I was fine," waiting 3 days for something that the midwife couldn't identify over the phone doesn't make sense to me.</div>
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I Totally Agree! Sounds like Cervical Prolapse to me. Please go in to the ER ASAP for the sake of your baby and yourself <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hug">
 

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I don't understand how your cervix could be seen close to your vulva. It does move but not into the birth canal (vagina).<br>
My thoughts are maybe it isn't your cervix. It could be the inside folds of your vagina. Maybe you have a little swelling or something making it look different. I would ask your midwife to check it out ASAP (not wait until Monday) or go see another Dr. if you have back-up care or someone else you could visit. (I have a birth center locally that also does well women care so you may have someone thing like that.) If not, then I too would probably go to the ER, just to be sure. You could call the maternity dept. at your local hospital too and ask them. Even if you are not a current patient, they will answer your question and tell you if it sounds like an emergency or something okay to wait until Monday to have checked...keep us posted. I will be thinking of you and hoping this is normal or at least no big deal.
 

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Yeah, I agree that you need to be seen before Monday. If your mw won't see you right away, go to the ER.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">If it were me I'd go in to the ER... I'm not at all trying to scare you but I've never ever heard of that before and it sounds unusual.</div>
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ITA!!<br><br>
I'd go to the ER ASAP, I have cervical issues, and I can promise you within hours you can dilate and that is it, so the sooner the better
 

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Update:<br><br>
I kept in touch with my midwife and stayed on bedrest during the weekend. I can tell you horror story after horror story about the ER here (all of them from either first hand experience or close family's experience) and unless I or the baby was in immediate danger, I was not going to go. I felt that the chances of them damaging something was greater than the danger I may have been facing on my own.<br><br>
I did a lot of research on "prolapsed uterus" (which the cervix showing would be either stage one or two depending on how far down in the birth canal it was) and from what I read there wasn't really a lot that could be done nor was the baby in immediate danger.<br><br>
So I kept check on things and took it easy. I went in on Monday and it turns out that it wasn't my cervix (thank goodness). She said that she had never seen anything quite like this. It is a piece of flesh and she has no idea what it could be or where it came from. I know it wasn't there before because I have never noticed it, plus I literally felt it as it came down to where it is now. She said that my bladder does appear to have slipped just a tad and that possibly it has moved other things.<br><br>
I had a fourth degree episitomy with my first birth (not with this midwife but with an OB) and it could be some type of scar tissue from that. She said that she completely understood why I would think it was my cervix because the way it is situated, it looks like a cervix with a slit in the middle and that one side is more swollen than the other. So at least I don't feel stupid.<br><br>
But my cervix is high and tight, just as it should be!<br><br>
The contractions I was feeling were evidently because I was slightly dehydrated (I had no idea, I thought I was drinking enough water!). It is a coindience that they were happening at the same time as the other strange stuff.<br><br>
She said that if this is a problem I can possibly have it removed after I give birth. I told her that as long as it isn't my cervix, there is no problem, lol. I'll just think of it as another one of my strange quirks.<br><br>
Thank you for all of the advice and concern. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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How interesting. And how glad I am to hear that it isn't your cervix!
 
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