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Does your Dr do internals during the last month or more of pregnancy? Have you asked him/her why? I find cervical checks sompletely unneccassary and actually a risk. It is just asking to introduce germs and infection into your vaginally canal espeacially if you are GBS +. I'll post some links about this in a bit.I'm just wondering how often OB"s still do this.
I didn't vote because my ob said she wouldn't check my cervix until my 38 week appointment. I could probably ask her not to check... I hadn't decided yet. I just had my GBS test, so if I am positive, I'll definitely ask not to be checked.
On another forum, I have been hearing about women getting checked since 30 weeks, and some of them are going nuts wondering how soon the baby will be here because they are already x dilated or x effaced.
My ob routinely checked every week starting at 35 weeks. I delivered at a little over 37 weeks so I didn't have many of them. I liked knowing the progress I was making and that the braxton hicks (since 20 weeks) and major discomfort wasn't for naught.
Oh, I also got an internal check at 29 weeks but that's because I was kicked in the stomach at work by a kid I taught and they wanted to check everything to make sure both baby and I were ok.
My midwives don't routinely do them, but I did have one at 37 weeks to see where I was, since they were going to be inducing me early. I also had a couple while in the hospital, to see if the meds were doing anything to help me progress.