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Old 12-12-2012, 09:11 AM   #1
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Does anyone self-check? *Possible tmi*

I'm very interested in self-checking, because I don't want to go to the hospital and be sent home, but I also don't want to progress quickly and have a baby in the car.

I'm having some trouble discerning what I'm feeling. There is no donut, lips, nose, cheerio, or any of the rest of the food analogies they use to help empower women to become aware of their pregnant, effacing, and dilating cervices. There's mush, and that's about it. I can feel what I thiiiink might be my cervix, and I can fit a finger in easily, but only to a certain point. Doc says I am not dilated, so what's the opening I'm feeling? I'm still posterior, so I have to work at it a bit, but I can feel around the cervix also (if that's actually what it is) and I'm still relatively long, but everything is just...mush? Anyone else?
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Old 12-12-2012, 09:16 AM   #2
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If you have had children before, then you will always be slightly dilated. I checked myself with my last baby and only found my cervix once. I knew better, as I am one of those people who don't do anything until I go into labor, lol!
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Old 12-12-2012, 09:26 AM   #3
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I have checked in all of my pregnancies as well as using nfp

When checking your cervix there is an internal OS and an external OS.

When you say you can only go to a point it's because the internal OS is still closed.

The external OS is the " mush" you are feeling.

That said I have walked around for weeks at 3 + cm dialated with no labor. I have very fast labors ( less than an hour) I safely count myself in labor when it is impossible for me to continue to function during a contraction.

My first was a hosp birth and I made the mistake of going to early. I wish I had stayed home longer. It felt like it took forever. Like a watched pot never boils.

The other 3 were homebirths
Is this your first?

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Old 12-12-2012, 09:27 AM   #4
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Re: Does anyone self-check? *Possible tmi*

I have two other kiddos, both born vaginally. I have a tendency to go rather quickly, and I'm not down for an unplanned homebirth. lol
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Old 12-12-2012, 09:29 AM   #5
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Re: Does anyone self-check? *Possible tmi*

So what will I feel when I actually begin dilating?
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Old 12-12-2012, 09:41 AM   #6
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So what will I feel when I actually begin dilating?
For me it was a bigger version of what you have been feeling. Except what stops your fingers will be baby's head lol it unmistakable because it is hard.

Picture opening your mouth in a small circle.
When it's small the lips are thick and firm.
As your mouth opens the lips thin out. Same as the cervix.

I hope that makes sense.
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Old 12-12-2012, 10:14 AM   #7
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That makes perfect sense, thank you!
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Re: Does anyone self-check? *Possible tmi*

I tried to check myself with my last pregnancy but I wasn't good at it at all, despite using FAM. I thought I was more dilated than I was at 40.5 weeks. Turns out I was only 3cm and posterior (really wrong about that) and that didn't change until labor started, then he was born in 2.5 hours. I don't think I could trust myself unless I had more practice on other people, lol.
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I could never feel mine when I was pregnant(but it's easy when I'm not). So I taught my husband, he was within 1 CM when he checked compared to what the midwife said. Pretty good for a novice.

At one point he said he could feel a pulse on the babies head.
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Old 12-12-2012, 07:32 PM   #10
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I started early so I can note changes in position as well, but it's so much easier said than done!
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