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Old Aug 27th, 2014, 14:50 PM   11
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As everyone says - none before labour - the UK view is the less hands up there the better in terms of reducing the risk of infection, introducing anything unwanted...

I was induced and begging to be examined and they said not until you've been in labour for 4 hours... lo and behold when they finally did it I was 9.5cm!! <insert expletive>



 
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Old Aug 27th, 2014, 15:12 PM   12
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Oh I thought that too because I see ladies saying they're x amount effaced and x amount dilated but like before they're due date?!

Is it maybe American mommas to be?
Or high risk?

I was wondering when they'd examine me but now I know



 
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Old Aug 27th, 2014, 16:02 PM   13
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No in the USA they get checked from a certain gestation. Although I wouldn't be keen, I'm not having them in labour too, just gonna go with that my body wants to do :-)



 
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Old Aug 27th, 2014, 16:03 PM   14
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As far as I'm aware, UK midwifes never do internal checks unless you're in labour or having a sweep.
I think all the ladies saying about dilation and effacent are from USA or Canada x



 
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Old Aug 27th, 2014, 16:42 PM   15
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Never had any internals when I was pregnant with my son in 2011. I went to 41+3 too, and was never even given a sweep.
My midwives seem to be very hands off haha. Not that I'm complaining, I'd rather go without opening my legs in front of a strange woman and her student haha.

I did have an internal early on in this pregnancy, when I was 9weeks-ish. But it was because I was bleeding and they suspected it was an ectopic pregnancy. And they only did it once, so they didn't introduce any bacteria when I was already having issues.



 
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Old Aug 27th, 2014, 16:47 PM   16
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In my area you only get checked when you're having a sweep or in labour, unless you're suspected to be dilating before then. With DD I was checked at 36 weeks because I was contracting and had a little bleeding but even then it was a consultant who came to check me not the MW.



 
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Old Aug 28th, 2014, 11:36 AM   17
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I'm in the UK, only had internal checks when I've had sweeps in all my pregnancies. They don't check in this country. I have never understood why it's a routine thing in America. Same as a smear test. They do them in pregnancy in America and we are told here we can't have them done in pregnancy & usually have to wait 12 weeks after giving birth.



 
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Old Aug 30th, 2014, 09:47 AM   18
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No internal checks from my midwife with this pregnancy or the last. She said they don't do sweeps until after 41 weeks either.
She did put on my notes that I was 1/5 engaged but to be honest I don't know what that really means.



 
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Old Aug 30th, 2014, 10:22 AM   19
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She did put on my notes that I was 1/5 engaged but to be honest I don't know what that really means.
It means that 1/5th of baby's head is engaged, and 4/5ths of it is palpable (able to be felt). Once baby is fully engaged none of it will be palpable.

Some midwives write how much of baby's head is engaged, others write how much is palpable.. So it can get a bit confusing!



 
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Old Aug 30th, 2014, 13:23 PM   20
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I never had an internal with my first, they can tell if baby is engaged or not by feeling your baby externally xxx



 
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