Aww I actually opened this because in my delirium I read it as cervix cheeks and thought it was a really odd term of endearment or something...
In seriousness, I think the cervix check is to see if it is shortening and thickening in prep for dilating -generally this sort of thing is more uncomfortable than painful and trying to relax (though you don't naturally relax with a stranger in yer area) helps....try tensing fingers and toes then as the examination starts relax everything. Hope that sheds a little light. xx
Wow, that's early! I didn't have my first internal until I was past 40wks! It was a little painful...but nothing compared to what we'll have to go through I'm thinking. I said 'owhh' while he was doing it, he just laughed at me and said 'you're in trouble!'. LOL.
I am having the same thing done now at every single appointment. I'll admit it's even more uncomfortable than the usual pre-pregnancy check ups. But all in all its over in like 2 minutes so it's not that bad. I get seen every 2 weeks now and they do a cervical check each time and an FFN(I'm at higher risk for PTL). You'll be alright hun. The good part about it is when the dr does the internal with his/her fingers to check the cervix length and check for dilation because he/she can tell you if baby's head is down yet or not.(which I found out today that my little man is already head down and just has yet to engage for birth, yay!) Try to relax during the exam and take a couple relaxing breaths like you will during contractions and then its over. I find it helps to get through the discomfort. Take care hun.
I agree with the girls, just try to relax. I think its actually less painful than a pap, because that speculum they use for a pap seems HUGE! They use (I think!) 2 fingers. Its def not the most pleasant thing in the world, but just breathe through it and it will be over in no time. I had to have one at my last appointment because of the pressure and cramps I've been having, and I forgot how much I dont appreciate them lol. When they told me to strip down, I asked if they were joking.
You'll be fine tho, and like the girls said, you'll know how you are progressing and if baby is head down and engaged.
Not saying this to scare you, but mine hurt so much at 37 weeks!!! I was in the hospital for reduced fetal movement, and on the monitor it looked like I was having contractions, so he wanted to see if I was dialated. I guess it was long, because he had half his arm up there!! LOL......
I was just checked yesterday, and it wasn't as bad, it didn't hurt at all. I think it all depends on how high up it is, and how far they have to go in.
STAY relaxed! that's my problem, I tense up and make everything worse for myself.
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