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Cervix check at home? stfubeeouch Due November 24 (girl); 1 child; Texas 640 posts
5th Nov '12

I was on one of my google search fixes and found a site that described several ways to tell when a women is dilated. It also said that women can check at home and that it should feel like puckered lips, using each finger as a cm measurement. Sounds crazy I don't even think I would know what I'd be feeling for. So my curiosity hit me, have any of you ladies done this check at home?

Justine's Mama Due November 28 (boy); 1 child; Boynton Beach, Florida 1939 posts
5th Nov '12

Yeah I see lots if girls post about checking there selfs. I never have though.

Mommy0928 Due January 11 (girl); 3 kids; Michigan 168 posts
5th Nov '12

watching* no i havent dont it but id like to know if its possible... my doctor said my cervix is already soft because of all the contractions ive had but no dilation... Id like to be able to check myself so I dont feel like I have to go to the er to keep checking if they are dilatating me..

user banned 4 kids; Mueang Phuket, Thailand 30487 posts
5th Nov '12

i know what my cervix fells like and different positions i monitered when i was trying to get pregnant, so i was familiar with it. when i was pregnant,my cervix was high up i could never reach it, especially with my huge ass stomach. id like to think id know what i was feeling, but i could never reach.. id only feel the roundness of the babies head. it was werid.

P Pickle Pants 98 kids; California 20522 posts
5th Nov '12

Self checks are great!




A great way to cause premature dilation (before 36 weeks), rupture of membranes too early (break your water before labor starts causing other labor complications like infection or dry birth, etc), or just plain cause an infection that could cost you your uterus...



You shouldn't do it unless you've had someone experienced help you do it a few times so you know what you're doing, what to feel for, and what precautions to take---and NEVER before 36/37 weeks!

Loretta West [+1] Due March 26 (boy); TTC since May 2013; 1 child; Auckland, New Zealand 7044 posts
status 5th Nov '12

I tried to check my own but have short, stubby little fingers so it didn't work :(

stfubeeouch Due November 24 (girl); 1 child; Texas 640 posts
5th Nov '12

http://wonderfullymadebelliesandbabies.blogspot.com/2011/07/dilation-how-to-check-without-checking.html



This was the website they described it in full detail if you ladies are interested. I have an appointment this wens day so Ill wait until then to know if it's changed at all. It does seem useful during the last bit of pregnancy.

eKnuckles Due February 13; Florida 3473 posts
5th Nov '12

I check like every single day. You'll find some people who think its bad. Even some drs who think its impossible for a woman to find her own cervix!! It's completely safe though, just wash your hands and be careful.

♥♬♡ 2 kids; Pennsylvania 10385 posts
5th Nov '12

im confused by this part. idk what it means lol



  • 5 fb = no dilation
  • 4 fb = 2 cm
  • 3 fb = 4 cm
  • 2 fb = 6 cm
  • 1 fb = 8 cm
  • 0 fm = complete
stfubeeouch Due November 24 (girl); 1 child; Texas 640 posts
5th Nov '12

<blockquote><b>Quoting Lil princess and Bambino:</b>" im confused by this part. idk what it means lol 5 fb = no dilation 4 fb = 2 cm 3 fb = 4 cm 2 fb = 6 cm 1 fb = 8 cm 0 fm = complete "</blockquote>
I looked that up on another site and it talked about how the finger width from the top of the uterus to the bone between the breast can be a determination of how dilated you already are without a cervical check. Sounds very confusing if you ask me

♥♬♡ 2 kids; Pennsylvania 10385 posts
5th Nov '12
Quoting stfubeeouch:" <blockquote><b>Quoting Lil princess and Bambino:</b>" im confused by this part. idk ... [snip!] ... the breast can be a determination of how dilated you already are without a cervical check. Sounds very confusing if you ask me"

ya you lost me lol.
I tried, I feel like I can't reach haha.

stfubeeouch Due November 24 (girl); 1 child; Texas 640 posts
5th Nov '12

<blockquote><b>Quoting Lil princess and Bambino:</b>" ya you lost me lol. I tried, I feel like I can't reach haha."</blockquote>



The cervix check? I wonder if I can convince my husband to try...convince ha he may just enjoy it to much, but if I don't know what I'm looking for I doubt he will ;)

Gor-Jess! 5 kids; 1 angel baby; Queen Creek, Arizona 10293 posts
6th Nov '12

There is nothing wrong with a woman getting to know her own body and checking her cervix. Just don't man handle it. Be gentle and make sure your hands are clean. Its not much different than a p***s and fingers being in there. Unless your membranes are bulging, and you are being rough...you don't really risk rupturing your own membranes. Again, it wont be any different than p***s'/fingers. With that being said, yes, I check mine...when I can reach. So far mine has been too high to reach with this pregnancy. When you can reach it feels like a ball with a hole in the middle, or lips puckered....and its just as you said, each finger is a cm. Last time I was pregnant I guessed myself to be 3cm. My dr checked me and I was 3-4cm. So I was pretty accurate.