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Old Jun 17th, 2011, 16:10 PM   1
mrsslithers
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cervix still open slightly long after birth


im 26weeks pregnant on sunday and just thought i would ask a few questions:

(this is my second pregnancy)

i lost my mucous plug at 24weeks +3days and i had an internal done and was told the baby was very low down and it was him that pushed the plug out but the docs wont do anythin until theres signs of labour such as waters breaking or contractions and they sent me home.. but the internal was done and i was told my cervix was slightly open but then the doctor walked off and asked the midwife for advice, she checked me too and then they both left again.. when she came back the midwife said the cervix was slightly open but this is normal due to me having another child ..

basically she said the cervix never closes properly after the first birth but my child is 2 and a half now so surely it shud of shut by now..

im just a bit worried as i dont want the baby to b born too early etc.. anyone else heard of the cervix never closing after birth??



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Old Jun 17th, 2011, 16:14 PM   2
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Well, the hole in your cervix will never be as small again after vaginal birth.
Forever after, it will resemble a stretched-out slit, rather than a round hole.
This is perfectly normal; it happens to all women who have given vaginal birth.
A gynecologist doing a pelvic exam can tell instantly whether a woman has ever given birth, from the size/shape/condition of her cervical os.

This is the reason that, until recently, IUDs were recommended only for women who had previously given birth- the stretched out opening in the cervix made insertion easier and safer.



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Old Jun 17th, 2011, 16:59 PM   3
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hi hun didnt want to r&r, but no advise sorry as not been thru this before. But pp makes logical sense to me so this could be the case. Could it be that the mw meant you cervix was open a couple of mm not wide like you may be imagining? You should call the doctor on Monday and ask them to confirm what they meant if you're worried hun xx



 
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Old Jun 17th, 2011, 18:44 PM   4
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Well, the hole in your cervix will never be as small again after vaginal birth.
Forever after, it will resemble a stretched-out slit, rather than a round hole.
This is perfectly normal; it happens to all women who have given vaginal birth.
A gynecologist doing a pelvic exam can tell instantly whether a woman has ever given birth, from the size/shape/condition of her cervical os.

This is the reason that, until recently, IUDs were recommended only for women who had previously given birth- the stretched out opening in the cervix made insertion easier and safer.
If this is true...I wonder how the woman from "19 Kids and Counting" (shown on TLC in USA/Canada) can still walk???



 
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Old Jun 17th, 2011, 20:00 PM   5
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Well, the hole in your cervix will never be as small again after vaginal birth.
Forever after, it will resemble a stretched-out slit, rather than a round hole.
This is perfectly normal; it happens to all women who have given vaginal birth.
A gynecologist doing a pelvic exam can tell instantly whether a woman has ever given birth, from the size/shape/condition of her cervical os.

This is the reason that, until recently, IUDs were recommended only for women who had previously given birth- the stretched out opening in the cervix made insertion easier and safer.
If this is true...I wonder how the woman from "19 Kids and Counting" (shown on TLC in USA/Canada) can still walk???
To my knowledge, the cervical os does not stretch out more and more with each subsequent birth. It either has or has not dilated to ten centimeters; if it has, it will forever after look like a slit instead of a tiny hole.
But it doesn't get bigger and bigger and more stretched out the more times one gives birth... at least not noticeably so.

You can look up pictures on the internet, to see what the cervix of a woman who has never given birth looks like, and compare it to the cervix of a woman who has given birth.



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Old Jun 17th, 2011, 20:13 PM   6
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When I was pregnant with my 3rd I had that happen. And my cervical opening is even more open this time around. But my OB said it's pefectly normal and nothing to worry about. And you're mucous plug will replenish itself as well.



 
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Old Jun 18th, 2011, 00:06 AM   7
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If this is true...I wonder how the woman from "19 Kids and Counting" (shown on TLC in USA/Canada) can still walk???
To my knowledge, the cervical os does not stretch out more and more with each subsequent birth. It either has or has not dilated to ten centimeters; if it has, it will forever after look like a slit instead of a tiny hole.
But it doesn't get bigger and bigger and more stretched out the more times one gives birth... at least not noticeably so.

You can look up pictures on the internet, to see what the cervix of a woman who has never given birth looks like, and compare it to the cervix of a woman who has given birth.
Highly recommend it, actually! If looking at those sorts of things doesn't gross you out, that is. I came across an entire journal of shots of a woman's cervix every day of her cycle to see how it changed, it was incredibly interesting! And there were comparison shots on the difference between a woman that hasn't given birth and one that has. Thought that was fascinating! I don't remember how or where I found that journal, sadly, or I'd post a link.

To the OP - surely if your cervix was dilating at all, they would have either sent you home with a list of directions on things to keep an eye on or sent you somewhere to make sure you weren't in the beginning stages of labor. Try not to worry yourself about it too much... spend the weekend with your feet up and some relaxation time if it helps you feel more relaxed about the situation, though!

I have to say, though... I find it odd that somebody who is qualified enough to check your cervix wouldn't be able to tell the difference between a cervix that has never delivered a baby and one that has (there has GOT to be a term for that)... but even so, if both the doctor and the midwife agree that you're good, I'd trust that you've still got another 3 months of pregnancy (at least) before delivering your bundle of joy.



 
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Old Jun 18th, 2011, 02:27 AM   8
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open cervix doesn't mean labor you can stay open like that and event 50% engage till 40 weeks...



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Old Jun 18th, 2011, 03:50 AM   9
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My external cervix was open during my second pregnancy... however, the internal cervix at the top was closed. Its normal after children for the cervix to remain open



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