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Old 11-30-2012, 10:37 AM   #31
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Re: Refusing cervical checks

I'm sorry that invaded you like that. That's not right. I had one done when I was overdue and the OB asked first if I wanted it. I did go into labour that night but it was very long and I didn't make progress and wound up needing pitocin. I'm thinking I'll not do cervical checks this time around, I have a midwife so it should be easier to do things differently.

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Old 11-30-2012, 11:36 AM   #32
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I'm sorry they did that to you without consent. Terrible
I would decline any further exams/checks until you are in labor.

I did everything "by the books", for the most part, with my first baby - including cervical checks. It didn't bother me, but then again I had a great OB.
I refused all cervical checks with my second until we were considering induction at 39 weeks - then I wanted one done to factor my Bishops' Score.
I refused them with my 3rd - never had one at all with him.
With my 4th I agreed to one at 41 weeks, including membrane sweep, because, well I was 41 weeks and going for a VBAC.
My 5th was under very different circumstances.
This time I will, again, refuse them probably until labor, unless something unforeseen comes up and warrants one.
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Old 12-01-2012, 02:08 PM   #33
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I refused them with my first at an OB group and was told candidly by one of the docs that if I wanted to guarantee not getting my membranes swept, that I needed to keep my pants on. That's just what they do.
Eta. I've never had a check in labor. I would not consent to a check unless there was a problem. I have pushed out two babies just fine without anyone telling me if I was ready out how to do it, and with no damage to myself.
Wow!! That is awful! I requested that my OB sweep mine when I was 2 days shy of 40 weeks and she said no. She said that it isn't a reliable method for making a woman go into labor (sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't) and that it is really painful. I agreed and went on my own a few days later.

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Old 12-01-2012, 02:26 PM   #34
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Re: Refusing cervical checks

I refused all checks with both babies. I did get checked with DD2 near the end, but it was because I had bloody show that was like the start of my period and I was a bit freaked out... But no sweeps.
Sorry they did anything and I would just keep your pants on and refuse any further checks. There is no reason for them, they don't help in any way, and only increase risk of infection
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So why exactly do they do cervical checks so early in pregnancy??
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So why exactly do they do cervical checks so early in pregnancy??
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Old 12-01-2012, 06:32 PM   #37
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So why exactly do they do cervical checks so early in pregnancy??
I am curious about this, too. With DS I was checked at 34 weeks because I was having contractions and they wanted to make sure they weren't dilating. Then, at 40 weeks I asked about getting checked and my OB talked me out of it. I wasnt checked again until I had to be induced. But then my best friend has been checked every week starting at 36 weeks by her OB's recommendation.
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So why exactly do they do cervical checks so early in pregnancy??
It depends on which early ones you're referring to. Some care providers will want to do a pelvic exam during your first few visits to assess the size and shape of your pelvis. My first doc did this and didn't even explain what she was doing. I only found out she was taking notes about that when I saw my medical records years later.
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Old 12-01-2012, 07:33 PM   #39
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Re: Refusing cervical checks

I had a CNM with my first, she offered cervical checks starting at 36(?) weeks if patients wanted them, but they were optional. I had a family practice doc with my second, and no cervical checks until labor. This time around I have a midwife, and I don't intend to get cervical checks until labor this time, either. Maybe not even then.
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I'm so sorry they did a sweep without asking. With my last pregnancy an OB did that to me as well! It hurt more than a normal cervix check and I only realized later (after posting on DS actually) what had happened. What a jerk that Dr. was!
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