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February 1st, 2010, 11:26 AM
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So I have checked my cervix a few times because I've had some cramping. Today I was having tons of pressure and difficulty walking and so I checked and noticed that his head is right there. And my cervix is not hard to reach. Does that mean anything at all or is it the same as cervical dialation- totally up in the air and meaningless?

I went to L&D a week ago because I was having pretty bad period-like cramps, and my midwife checked me and felt his head right there and said it looked my body was really ready to have a baby. Then of course she checked me 2 hours later and he had flipped to breech. She was actually somewhat relieved that he was off my cervix and further up.

So now he's back down and really really low. I hardly have to reach up to feel his head. I don't want him to come anytime soon, so do you think I should take it easy and stay off my feet? Or do some women walk around like this for weeks before anything happens? When I had my son, he didn't drop down until after my due date. But I know that everything is different the second time.

I told my husband and he is totally freaked out and doesn't want me lifting a finger. But I think I'm okay? I'm not contracting or anything. Thanks in advance!
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February 1st, 2010, 12:18 PM
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I know with my second he was really low and in place for a couple of weeks before he came. So much so that when I walked it felt like he was going to fall out, I had mad pressure down there. My midwife never did internal exams but from the external ones she said he was definitely ready from his position too, but again, he was like that for a couple of weeks. I would try to stay clear of checking yourself because it sounds like it might be causing you some unwanted/unneeded stress. I suppose if I were you I would take it easy for another week and a half or so. Good luck and keep us updated!
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February 1st, 2010, 12:36 PM
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I made it sound like I check way more than I really do. I checked before I went to L&D last week because I had a feeing I might be having some PTL and didn't want to go in if I didn't notice anything. I felt his head then and noticed my cervix was really short and low, which it was so I'm glad I went in. Then I checked today just because I have had the same pressure I had then. I think my midwife is the one who has caused me stress because she seemed pretty shocked that he was so low last week and even mentioned bed rest up until he flipped and moved up. So now, feeling the same pressure and feeling his head at the same position is making me nervous, because of her reaction.
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February 1st, 2010, 01:13 PM
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Ah, gotcha! Can you call your midwife and see what she thinks? When is your next appt.?
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February 1st, 2010, 01:40 PM
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can't hurt to take it easy, if you ask me!
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February 1st, 2010, 03:21 PM
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I don't want to tell them I checked myself because I feel like they'll lecture me about how I shouldn't have!

I have an appt on Saturday, I think I'll wait til then and ask there if he hasn't moved up.

Thanks for the input.
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February 1st, 2010, 08:31 PM
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Why would they lecture you for checking yourself!!!! WT*! My midwife thinks it's awesome that I check myself - she asks me how it's going. really - your body - you should know it. i suppose you could get carried away - and do it too much, scratch your cervix and make it bleed a little - but really be gentle and wash your hands - and i don't see the problem!
as far as your real question - if she was concerned when you were like this before - I'd say put your feet up and relax. I mean - you're going to have a baby in a few weeks - take the R+R! while you can!!
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February 1st, 2010, 09:12 PM
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^^ thanks! I agree with you, but I feel like most people disagree.
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Kailey was always very low and my MW was saying "she drops down any further you're water's going to break" - then she would ask if we could still have sex and I'd have to say, "no, there's no room" and she would laugh.. LOL!
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February 1st, 2010, 11:24 PM
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I check my own cervix too when I feel lots of pressure. I don't see going into L&D if my cervix isn't showing any signs of preterm labor.

As for your baby being low and ready to go, since you are over 35 weeks I don't think you really need to do the "full blown bedrest" thing unless you are worried the baby will try to come before 37 weeks, but I would take it easy and not do anymore than you really have to.
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