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July 2nd, 2013, 07:09 PM
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With my last pregnancy I used to check my cervix to see if it was changing towards the end of my pregnancy. I checked a week ago and could not find it at all, and then the same thing a few days later. I checked again last night and I could feel the very very end of it and it was sooooo soft, but I couldn't feel enough of it to tell if I am dilating. Does it mean anything when it's so soft? And what does it mean if I'm not able to find my cervix?
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July 2nd, 2013, 07:12 PM
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I wouldn't have a clue what to feel for!
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July 2nd, 2013, 07:26 PM
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You and me both! I tried to check mine and its like its disappeared along with the rest of my lady parts I can't see. Lol its too far up there.

I think soft is a good thing.
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July 2nd, 2013, 08:12 PM
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You and me both! I tried to check mine and its like its disappeared along with the rest of my lady parts I can't see. Lol its too far up there.

I think soft is a good thing.

Yeah, I am trying to figure out if that means effacement or if the baby is just still high up.
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July 3rd, 2013, 05:31 AM
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How do you check yourself?
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July 3rd, 2013, 05:55 AM
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How do you check yourself?
Shove a few fingers up there haha gently.

http://m.voices.yahoo.com/checking-c...g-7434352.html

And the cervix needs to be soft to prepare for labor just as it needs to thin out (effacement) and dilate.
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July 3rd, 2013, 09:11 AM
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If you cannot feel your cervix, it means it is high up and your more than likely not going to go into labor right now (though obviously these things can change very quickly). However when I was in the hospital in preterm labor at 30/31 weeks they said it was very good that my cervix was high, though I was 50% effaced (effacement is the thinning of the cervix, it is also generally the "soft" and weakness that you feel) and starting to funnel from the inside.

All of that sounds normal for this stage in pregnancy The cervix generally starts to efface and then as you get closer to delivery with lower and dilate.

ETA: Just because you feel softness, does not necessarily mean you are effacing because effacing is the thinning of the cervix. The cervix will soften, then efface. The way they judge effacement from my understanding is how thin the cervix feels (my doctor described it to me as like if you push on a wall, you can tell it is thick, versus pushing on plastic, or paper that is straight up where you will feel a weakness and "give" to it), not how soft. But softness is the beginning of effacement from what I understand.
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July 3rd, 2013, 09:43 AM
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you guys are waaaay more in tune with your bodies than I am
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July 3rd, 2013, 02:55 PM
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now, what is this "cervix" thing you guys speak of?



(aka, I'm clueless. I wouldn't know what to check for or what is soft or not)
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