Self-checking cervix...how do you interpret it?
Hi all...I'm an occasional lurker, used to post here a lot under the screen name 'beadgcf.' I did a hospital NCB with my second child, and had a good birth experience. I plan to do another hospital natural childbirth with #3, but this time around I am much more relaxed and flexible about it.
Anyway, I used to check my cervix to track my fertility, so today I did a self-check to see what my cervix was doing now. My theory is that when I actually go into labor, I might be able to compare it to some kind of baseline.
Unfortunately, I'm not sure what's normal at this point. At first I couldn't find my cervix at all, as it was SO different. It seemed like it was mushy and everywhere. I was able to get two fingers in the opening, about a cm apart, but I didn't want to go deep d/t the infection risk. It was more like a rubber band than anything firm.
So for those of you who have self-checked at the end of your pregnancy, what does it feel like, and how do you interpret what it's doing?