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Old Jun 14th, 2011, 18:25 PM   1
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checking your cervix for dilation?


has anyone actually managed to do this themselves or would you consider trying? Im not sure whether it would be as easy as they make it sound but would be really useful to me if I could do this before calling my midwife
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Old Jun 15th, 2011, 03:12 AM   2
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No and I wouldnt try personally for the same reasons VEs on their own are not a reliable indicator.

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Old Jun 15th, 2011, 03:24 AM   3
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I know a few ladies on here who have done this themselves. It's not physically impossible, even though I did think it might be with my bump!
must be easier in a squat, but depends if you can get your hand round (which depends on your flexablity and your bump), and if your cervix is posterior.. you might not find it?!?! ;-) But having baby engaged helps lower your cervix. I think it is a good idea to get in touch with your body.
Don't attempt this if your waters have broken and remember to clean your hands (to reduce possible infection).

Thank you for the reminder - I hadn't thought about it. I'll have a bath tonight, and see if I can have a feel - THE THINGS WE GET UPTO! ;-)
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Old Jun 15th, 2011, 03:30 AM   4
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Oh yeah.. I have to say i agree with MM, that I wouldn't be using my own cervical examination as a guide in labour.. It's about the whole picture, as your cervix can stall a bit, and then just spring open quite few CM. (plus labour for me is all about getting things out, not IN! ;-)
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Old Jun 15th, 2011, 05:11 AM   5
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I actually tried finding mine a few days ago with no success! lol everything feels different up there to when I was temping and doing cervix checks. I'm pretty sure it was too high or too far back and with such a big bump now very difficult, even squating I couldn't find it! I will try again though as I'm curious to feel the difference, and to see if I can tell when things are changing.

I will check in early labour if my waters are still intact just to see if I can feel anything, but I think the intensity of the contractions/surges/rushes/insert word here!/ will give you more idea for when to call your MW. I'm going to leave it as late as I can, even though they have asked me to call when I first go into labour.



 
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Old Jun 15th, 2011, 06:45 AM   6
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I dont know about checking labour progress myself but i did stretch & sweep myself at 41 weeks with #3 and i found that easiest while sat on the loo!



 
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Old Jun 15th, 2011, 09:50 AM   7
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I dont know about checking labour progress myself but i did stretch & sweep myself at 41 weeks with #3 and i found that easiest while sat on the loo!
Did it work?



 
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Old Jun 15th, 2011, 10:36 AM   8
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I found sitting on the loo the best position to check my cervix when I was TTC. I think I had a check a couple of times in very late pregnancy but not in labour as my waters went first all 3 times so I didn't really want to risk introducing any infection.



 
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Old Jun 15th, 2011, 11:15 AM   9
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i dont think it did work... i had 5 by MW's and several DIY but he came when he was ready at 42 weeks!!



 
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Old Jun 15th, 2011, 16:01 PM   10
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thanks for all the interesting responses! I dont think I will be relying on it, but would be good to know whats going on if needed. thanks for the link MM



 
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