In a word, no. Your cervix can be soft/effaced/dilated for WEEKS before labour starts. There is no medical advantage to routinely checking your cervix during pregnancy; it only increases the risk of infection. Did your dr say why they did this check? I am going to make a massive leap here and assume you're in the US.... routine VEs are not done in pregnancy in the UK, where most exams would be done by a MW, not a dr
I'm from canada. That was the first time the dr. checked my cervix. She said the purpose was to check if I was dilated or something like that. Man it was uncomfortable.. How am I ever gonna handle a baby coming out of there if I cant handle a dr's finger poking around up there
& no, I didn't know you could do self-exams. I'm not sure would like to try that though..
If you don't like it, you can always tell her you don't want a VE. Even if she finds out you are dilated, it still won't tell her anything useful;.... like when you are likely to go into labour. I have heard of some drs doing a sweep without telling you... "while they are in there". So I would def be telling them: Hands out! But that is just me!
There is a link somewhere on self exams. I will see if I can find it :-)
PS - a baby coming out does not feel anything like an exam. Relax into it and trust your body and your baby. Privacy and confidence help a lot. In the right circumstances, your body will spit the baby out without too much trouble.... it's nothing like being "invaded" by a dr, honest!
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