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is there <i>ever</i> a good reason to get an internal in late pg? my EDD is a week from tomorrow, and i have my 39 week apptmt tomorrow morning...<br><br>
here's the thing: i really want to know if the baby has gotten down into my pelvis yet (not necessarily engaged, just in there), but i don't want to give the doctor any ammunition to talk about c/s or anything if i haven't "progressed." i'm not really worried about the sneaky membrane stripping possibility--i would definitely tell my doctor i do not want to be stripped, though i am almost positive he would <i>not</i> do that without getting consent.<br><br>
i just got back from the chiropractor, who says that the baby's dropped a ton (is it crazy that i can't really tell for sure? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">). but does that necessarily mean she's is in my pelvis now?<br><br>
arrrgh. i thought about checking my own cervix or having DH do it, but i'm just way too chicken. i've never done it and feel like now is not the time to start. DH said he would do it but seems kind of unsure he'd be very helpful. i wish they taught girls to check themselves as part of sex ed. it would come in real handy right now!!<br><br>
what do you think i should do? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/dizzy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Dizzy">:<br><br>
the suspense is killing me! i'm paying $45/session, having <b>daily</b> chiro sessions this week, to try to get this baby to get into my pelvis and get out! and i want to know if it's doing any good.
 

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I can't think of any <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> Hang in there! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hug">
 

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Me neither!
 

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Nope. No reason. Is your OB measuring you each time? If so, if the baby has dropped the measurement will go down.<br><br>
-Angela
 

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Hey, I'd never checked myself until a couple weeks ago...I'm 41w right now. Can't reach my cervix anyway, but sometimes the baby's head is really low and I can feel it through the uterine wall. Not necessary to do, but cool if you or your dp are doing it!<br><br>
daily chiro sounds so nice...my right hip pops everytime I go to the bathroom, so it's a lot <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br>
Even if you were to check, the "progress" is pretty meaningless. Are you doing squats?
 

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Don't mean to be a negative nelly, but I would never assume this. Many OBs don't think this 'procedure' requires any sort of consent <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"><br><br>
I realize how anxious you must be, but really, there's no reason for any sort of intervention to gauge position, progress, etc. Believe and trust that your body was made to birth <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love"><br><br>
Wishing you all the best!
 

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Well, I would say that you yourself wanting to know is a good reason. I'm all about women getting to decide what they want for themselves not based on any kind of dogma be it medical or otherwise. You can still have faith in yourself and be curious at the same time.<br><br>
I would say that you just need to be prepared for neutral news. You can't really tell a whole lot from a check at this point. Your cervix might be favorable or it might not and either finding has no bearing on when you will go into labor.
 

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Very true, Amy <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> Personally, I'm opposed to internals done by professionals as they can very often be discouraging, disempowering, disheartening, not all that accurate and don't really provide any useful information, IMO/IME. But, as you'd said, simply wanting to know can be a good reason, b/c hey, who am I to judge good or bad?
 

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No, I totally agree which is why I think a mother requested exam is the only good one and that you have to understand that the information gleaned may be worthless. I think sometimes end of term preggos get a little fixated and locked in and sometimes the cure is to just get some kind of an answer no matter what it is.
 

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The question to ask yourself for any test of any kind is "how will this information help me?" Since the measurement will tell you if the baby is lower, and you'd be able to *feel* it if the baby was really lower, you aren't going to get any helpful information from an exam.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">No, I totally agree which is why I think a mother requested exam is the only good one and that you have to understand that the information gleaned may be worthless. I think sometimes end of term preggos get a little fixated and locked in and sometimes the cure is to just get some kind of an answer no matter what it is.</div>
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ITA <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love"><br><br>
IMO, internals satisfy nothing but curiosity. Not that there's anything wrong with being curious---it's just that there's nothing inherently helpful about the information obtained. Just my non-pregnant POV <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love">
 

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I wouldn't do it. You never know what your doctor will "find" as a reason to worry you (and just to not worry you, I mean "find" as in make up a reason to talk/schedule an induction or c-section or simply bum you out with a "not much change").<br><br>
I know it can be so hard to be patient at the end of pregnancy (DD was 3 weeks "late"). The waiting just makes you crazy. But the baby will come. Everyday that goes by is one day closer to "the day".<br><br>
If you don't want to try to check yourself you could try measuring yourself. It's really easy. Grab a tape measure. Lie down. Put the end on your pubic bone (or the best you can do...for me it's the spot that hurts to push on late in pregnancy <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> ) and put the other end on the top of your uterus. Push in a little to feel the top of the ball (watermelon <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> ) to find the "top" your looking for. Just compare numbers to the last time you were measured.<br><br>
Just to remind you, not all babies engage before labor. Mine sure didn't. But she came out OK, at home, no complications.
 
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