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<p>I'm curious if anyone has been through a whole pregnancy, and especially labor, without any cervical checks? </p>
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<p>This is my first pregnancy, and I think that psychologically I should avoid them completely during labor. I know that I will hang on numbers and that those numbers lie. DIlation doesn't happen linearly with time. I know people talk about not getting checks a lot, but I'm curious who has gone through it, or tried and ended up with them anyway, and how you felt about it?</p>
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<p>I didn't have any cervical checks during pregnancy.  I know I had at least one in active labor because that's how they discovered the anterior lip.  I may have had one before that, but I had been in active labor for hours at that point and don't really remember.  I know that with all the checks, they never told me how many cm's I was dilated.  Maybe that would be a good option if your practitioner still wants to do them, that he/she just won't give you specifics?</p>
 

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Two pregnancies, two homebirths, never had a cervical check. I think this could be a LOT harder to negotiate in a hospital, although maybe they might agree to check and not tell you. (Though that might also be maddening?)<br><br>
With my midwives it wasn't something we ever discussed. I labored until my body started to push, then in both cases I pushed out a baby 10-20 minutes later.
 

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My first pregnancy I had tons of cervical checks, and only one during labor (awesome home birth) but it was honestly one too many! I didn't realize I had a choice.<br><br>
My second pregnancy, labor & birth, (also a home birth, awesome) I had zero cervical checks! It was great. I wish I'd known enough to turn them down the first time.<br><br>
Not sure how easy it would be to say "no" to an OB or in the hospital though, probably more difficult. Your best bet is to have a provider who doesn't assume cervical checks are a given. But even if I were going the OB/hospital route I'd advocate for myself and just say no.
 

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My second pregnancy (HB), I had no checks at all. In labor, which had gone very fast and easily, when my MW gently told me that I could push whenever I felt like it, I actually demanded that she check me--I didn't believe I could already be there and was anxious about pushing before I was fully ready (I was an "11"!). This pregnancy, I've had none so far and expect none in labor. Your dilation is irrelevant until you feel like pushing.
 

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<p>i dont recall any during my second pregnancy  - at all - i have very 'textbook' labor and i think its easy to see when im in transition etc... and there is no guessing when you feel like pushing!  its an overwhelming, unstoppable feeling. </p>
<p>with my third i asked my midwife for a cervical check because i was a week 'overdue'  (and i asked her to strip my membranes)  - but if i had said 'no thank you'  i would have had none with this birth either.  </p>
 

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<p>My last pregnancy I had no checks until I got to the hospital and they did a "routine" check before I was admitted.  That was it.  That was check happened before anything intense started going down, so it wasn't a big deal to hear my number (which was 3 cm, not very far!).  And lo and behold, I delivered two hours later.  </p>
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<p>I definitely agree with you about the numbers taking over and adding to the stress!  I know it did with my first two!  I am lucky to have understanding midwives at our hospital birthing center.  But you have the right as a patient to refuse any medical treatment, cervical checks included.   </p>
 

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<p>1st baby none during pregnancy, 1 during labor (midwife wanted to decide if I was "far enough" for her to stay or if she could go home and catch some sleep)</p>
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<p>2nd baby none during pregnancy, had a long pushing stage and was TIRED- she asked to check- found a cervical lip that she held back for a bit that while not comfortable, did help us progress.</p>
 

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Two pregnancies, two homebirths, never had a cervical check. I think this could be a LOT harder to negotiate in a hospital, although maybe they might agree to check and not tell you. (Though that might also be maddening?)<br>
With my midwives it wasn't something we ever discussed. I labored until my body started to push, then in both cases I pushed out a baby 10-20 minutes later.</div>
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<p>This is pretty much my story too, except my first birth was at a hospital with a CNM.  I did have a few cervical checks towards the end of my pregnancy and then a few during labor as well.  I was really not a fan, especially during labor... it was not fun to have someone's hand in my vagina when I was working so hard and already uncomfortable.</p>
<p>With my second and third pregnancies and births (homebirths with CPMs), no cervical checks at all.  With my second, my labor went very quickly and the midwives only arrived about 20min before the baby was born.  When they arrived they offered to check me, but mentioned that clearly I was already pushing so I was probably complete.  I can't remember if they offered to check during the pregnancy at all, but if they did I obviously declined.  Third birth, the midwives didn't make it in time, hence no cervical check.  And none during that pregnancy either, because we had already established I wasn't interested in having any done.  That was fine with them.<br>
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<p>my First PG, I had 1 check when the midwives arrived when I was in labour.</p>
<p>I THINK it was cause i was a first time mom and they wanted to see how far along i was (i was complete btw)   I think they expected to be there a while.  </p>
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<p>I talked about it with my midwife for this pg and she said that cervical checks are not a part of her normal routine.  Which works just fine for me.  </p>
 

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<p>Thanks for the replies and stories of your births!</p>
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<p>We're planning a homebirth, and we've never discussed cervical checks at prenatal appointments. I have the gut feeling that my MWs probably won't ask to do them unless something indicates a need (like long time pushing). I am half-heartedly worried that they won't be able to read my labor stages via the emotional map. I'm pretty committed to the hypnobabies birth I've been practicing for. :) </p>
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<p>I shouldn't but, but I'm surprised that no-checks or very few are relatively frequent. Good to hear!</p>
 

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<p>Hi! I have a great example to how a cervical check worked in my advantage! I was 42 weeks and at my ob appt. I finally gave in to letting the cnm check me and I was already a 2-almost 3! This was such exciting news for me. I felt I know longer had to worry about being induced because my baby was coming at her own time. I also went to the hospital, when I finally did go into labor a few days later, and wouldn't let anyone touch me. So that helped with not getting one there. <span><img alt="orngtongue.gif" id="user_yui_3_4_1_2_1330025559114_161" src="http://files.mothering.com/images/smilies/orngtongue.gif"></span></p>
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<p>Don't let this worry you. (I only say it, because I worried about it too, and turns out I never needed to)</p>
<p>You are totally in control of your body.</p>
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<p>Congrats on the 1st baby! <span><img alt="joy.gif" id="user_yui_3_4_1_2_1330025559114_300" src="http://files.mothering.com/images/smilies/joy.gif"></span></p>
 

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<p>I didn't have any cervical checks during pregnancy (HB midwife) but did have 2 or 3 during labor.  I wanted to know how far along I was (goal-oriented, type-A personality).  Looking back, maybe I would have been better off mentally without them but I know this time around, I'll probably get 1 or 2 again in labor.  I just really like to know I'm making progress. </p>
 

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<p>With DS my MW never even saw me naked until I was in labor.  I had 2 checks during 5 days of labor, the second one was when I was asking for a c/s and she thought I might be in transition (and she was right).  Since I was complete, I rescinded the request to transfer.  <span><img alt="winky.gif" id="user_yui_3_4_1_2_1330028011547_161" src="http://files.mothering.com/images/smilies/winky.gif"></span></p>
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>RosieL</strong> <a href="/community/t/1345913/been-through-an-entire-pregnancy-and-delivery-without-any-cervical-checks-tell-me-your-story#post_16887929"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br><p>Thanks for the replies and stories of your births!</p>
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<p>We're planning a homebirth, and we've never discussed cervical checks at prenatal appointments. I have the gut feeling that my MWs probably won't ask to do them unless something indicates a need (like long time pushing). I am half-heartedly worried that they won't be able to read my labor stages via the emotional map. I'm pretty committed to the hypnobabies birth I've been practicing for. :) </p>
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<p>I shouldn't but, but I'm surprised that no-checks or very few are relatively frequent. Good to hear!</p>
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My MW told me afterward that she uses the "purple line" to assess dilation, along with the usual emotional/physical signs. It's a line that rises from your butt crack up along your back as you dilate and that many MWs rely on to help them assess progress. I was so fascinated by that! So experienced MWs have many methods of evaluating their clients, even those doing hypnobabies.</p>
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<p>First pregnancy: Had the typical prenatal care from a hospital-based CNM (which can be taken very negatively around here, but I don't mean it that way at all - I love her!) so I had a check or two at the very end of pregnancy and then I have no idea how many during labor and delivery. They were totally unhelpful. At exactly 38 weeks (based on early u/s) I had an appt and a check. Baby was at -2 station (head not engaged AT ALL), I was 0 cm dilated and 0% effaced. Midwife had an out of town trip planned for the weekend and said something like, "Don't worry. This baby isn't coming any time soon, so I won't miss it." That night, about 12 hours later, my water broke. About 7 hours after my water broke, at 9:30 a.m., labor started, with me still at 0 and 0 and baby somewhere way up high. The midwife, who fortunately had not left yet, said that I should settle in, because the baby probably wouldn't be born until late that night or the next morning. At about 1 p.m. they checked me, and I was at 4 cm. They again told me to settle in for many, many more hours of labor. Not quite 30 minutes later, I was fully dilated and pushing. My baby was born at 1:50, so less than 5 hours after they told me I should settle in for 12 to 24 hours, and only about 50 minutes after they told me I was at a 4 and still had many hours to go. Those checks did nothing but make me feel desperate, because I was going through transition unbeknownst to everyone, since they had just told me there was no way that could be possible.</p>
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<p>Second pregnancy: No checks, ever, at any time. Labor was under an hour and the midwife barely made it to catch the baby, so I don't know if I would've had checks had it lasted longer.</p>
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<p>Now I'm pregnant again and won't be having any checks unless there's some good reason for it, like labor is long or seems to be stalled or something. I don't need to be checked to know when to push. :)</p>
 

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<p>The purple line sounds pretty cool. Thanks for more experiences. At the last prenatal visit it was with all the other moms due in April (6 of us) and it sounded like the MWs usually check first time moms, but often don't check multiparas. I'm guessing this is very individual depending on the labor and the mother, but I'm going to go into birthin with the thought that I don't plan on or need checks.</p>
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<p>Thanks again!  </p>
 

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<p>I opted for one each time. Both times it was right at the end. I was in transition, freaking out and feeling very unsure of my progress. I guess I needed the reassurance LOL. First time I was 10 cm and started pushing two contractions later. Second time I was 6 cm (boy was I pissed! been in labor for 16 hours) but started pushing 45 minutes later. I doubt we'll do any this time. My MW doesn't do them unless requested.</p>
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<p>ETA: I just remembered I did have one about a two weeks before DD was born. I was doing the predominal labor thing and had been for a week. That night was particularly bad and MW was there for my regular appointment. We decided to take a peak just to see if after all that I was making progress because she lives 20 minutes from me but we were about to get to rush hour traffic part of the day and had I needed her to come back that night it could have taken over an hour. Had I been say 5 or 6 cm she would have just stayed to play it safe. Totally my choice though. There was never any pressure.</p>
 
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