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October 11th, 2010, 04:16 PM
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Hi ladies! I am not a HB mama but I would love some help with this question.

What is the best way to check your own cervix? Is one position (sitting, squatting, laying down) better than another?

Any tips on checking for dilation?

I am hoping for my 2nd hospital VBAC and really want to labor at home as much as possible.

I am an NFP girl so I know my basic anatomy and what I am looking for But I am just unsure how to properly do this while very big and pg.

TIA for any help!
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October 11th, 2010, 07:14 PM
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I had troubles reaching mine last time...I think I found that one leg up on the tub was the best....
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October 12th, 2010, 08:00 AM
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I am a FAM girl so I check my own too, if I can reach it (usually I can't and my MW and a nurse has had trouble reaching it too. I have a long birth canal, which makes for long pushing phases). Squating works best for me.
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October 12th, 2010, 08:07 AM
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Thanks ladies. I can't really reach mine either...which makes me think that not much is going on in there. I will try the positions you mentioned and see if I have any better luck.
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October 12th, 2010, 12:24 PM
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I can't offer any suggestions, I've never tried! I do wish you the best on your VBAC journey!!
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October 12th, 2010, 11:14 PM
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I do one leg on the tub too. Also a bit of bouncing before hand helps LOL. I found it pretty hard to reach even in active labour. mostly ended up with a lot of mucous plug !!!
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October 14th, 2010, 07:17 PM
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I have read that the easiest way is to sit on the toilet and put one foot up on the toilet seat. Not sure if that will help, but worth a try. My midwife suggests having my dh check me a couple times before labor begins to find my cervix and to know how it normally feels without being in labor since it's so different. I haven't told dh about this yet, lol. Your post just made me remember.
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October 17th, 2010, 09:54 PM
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I checked sitting on the toilet or squatting in the tub, but I didn't actually check while I was in labor because I was ruptured and distracted lol.

It was really hard for me to check it after about 33 weeks though.
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October 17th, 2010, 11:03 PM
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I am used to checking my own too and fully intended to check my own before and during labor, but all through my third trimester I could not reach it at all. It had nothing to do with the belly either - it was just super high! I tried deep squats, feet up on the tub or toilet...my midwife could barely reach it!
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