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Old Jun 24th, 2009, 17:22 PM   1
lalaland09
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Cervix checks


My doctor said she's going to start checking my cervix at my appointment next week and every week after that. Is this painful? I can't even have sex b/c it hurts too much. I'm scared!



 
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Old Jun 24th, 2009, 17:43 PM   2
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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



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Old Jun 24th, 2009, 18:04 PM   3
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When they do it roll your hands into fists and put them in the small of your back/under your bum - it really helps.



 
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Old Jun 24th, 2009, 19:02 PM   4
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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.



 
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Old Jun 24th, 2009, 19:27 PM   5
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Yah I was wondering when this would start happening! I am guessing that it will feel like getting a pap done - minus the scraping??! So they start between 35-40 weeks?


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Old Jun 24th, 2009, 19:47 PM   6
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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.



 
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Old Jun 24th, 2009, 20:00 PM   7
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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.



 
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Old Jun 24th, 2009, 21:47 PM   8
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So they start between 35-40 weeks?


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Yeah, my doc starts at 37 weeks. I might decline it if she lets me, but I'm also curious to know about progress!

Thanks to everyone for the relaxation tips!



 
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Old Jun 25th, 2009, 01:55 AM   9
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i ha 2 pain killers beforehand and it was a breeze



 
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Old Jun 25th, 2009, 02:14 AM   10
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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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