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Ok, i did several searches on here and got a lot of great information but one peice of the puzzle is missing.<br><br>
When doing a cervical check, if you can feel the membranes or presenting part, does that mean you have already lost your mucous plug? And if you aren't fully effaced yet (say, 50-75 % effaced), do you have to dig in deep to get there? is there any problem/dangers with doing that?<br><br>
Sorry if its a dumb question - I think I am "into it" but still a little skittish about reaching too far. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment">
 

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Are you feeling *inside* your cervix? Or just around it? I'd think you'd need to be pretty dialated to feel things inside...<br><br>
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um, inside. "pretty dilated"? Technically you only need to be a fingertip dilated to get inside your cervix. I can get at least two fingers in there, with some wiggle room.
 

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I think it depends on how effaced you are. The mucous plug is basically like thick snot, so you could easily put your finger right through it. So my answer is, you may or may not have lost your plug <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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Wow momma, that's kinda cool and kinda icky, KWIM? DH would have really freaked out to touch the babies head through the membranes!<br><br>
I would think that if you are 2 fingers dilated the plug is gone, but I am not an expert.<br><br>
I would just be careful digging around in there if you think you can touch the membranes. You don't want to rupture anything.
 

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well, to be honest, the question kinda originated from a conversation with a friend, based on a combination of both of our situations (both of us due on the same date, in one week). <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngtongue.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Stick Out Tongue"><br><br>
The membranes part came from her question, which was based on the fact that her midwife told her she could feel the membranes and she had wondered if that meant her plug was gone.<br><br>
For me personally, I have not felt membranes or the presenting part (through the actual cervix) but was getting a little worried because the head isn't ballotable, but isn't exactly engaged either and I'm worried that its someone flexed, or having problems engaging due to an old hip/pelvis injury. My cervix feels like its in good shape - open and floppy, and my contractions are awesome but still not completely effaced.<br><br>
Thanks for the answers! I'm definitely over thinking things, but I'm a scientist and thats what I do. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment"> Either way, it's been a cool learning experience.
 
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