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    Question Weekly appointments?

    I know after my appt. on Monday, I will start seeing the doctor every 2 weeks, but when do weekly appointments start and when do they start checking your cervix and is it healthy for them to check it weekly? I only went to one 2 week appointment before DS was born and never made it to weekly appointments so I never had the privilege of having this done so just curious as to when they will start doing that. I'm asking if it's healthy because I read somewhere (may have been my Hypnobirthing book) that I could request that they not check. Just wondering if there is a reason why I wouldn't want them to.
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    Weekly appointments for me started at 36 weeks. So I went at 32, 34, 36, 37, 38, 39, 40, 41 (yes, 41 ).

    I was checked weekly from 36 weeks on because I requested it. This time I'm not doing that beause I wasn't making any progress and it was SO emotionally frustrating.

    Health wise- some people say that it's not good to get checked because it can introduce bacteria up there. Which, I guess is true... but I figure I'm going to a doctors office that is sterile so the odds of that are pretty darned slim.

    As far as requesting not to be checked, absolutely you can. I'm going to ask not to be checked this time. It's not super comfortable, btw.
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    I think my weekly started at 36w too. The only time they checked my cervix was at 39w because I/they thought I was leaking fluid. I think that's what actually started my labor, my doc said that checking the cervix could do that.
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    Mine start at 36 (so 34, 36, 37, 38, 39) too. I was only checked at 38 weeks with my first daughter and I asked not to be checked at all last time since I was a repeat c-section.

    Even if I wasn't a repeat I would request not doing them, because it really tells you nothing. Some people can walk around "ready to go" for weeks (and months!) and some people can be "closed up tight" and have their water break later that night.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rbrooks14332 View Post
    This time I'm not doing that beause I wasn't making any progress and it was SO emotionally frustrating.
    I think this is why my Hypnobirthing book discourages being checked because it can be frustrating and they are all about positive thinking. I always thought it would be kind of neat to know my progress, but I do remember the two times they checked me in the hospital how uncomfortable it was. Ugh!
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    I go next week at alittle over 27 weeks, then I'll go at 30, 32, 34, 36, 37, 38, 39, 40.....hopefully no further than that. With DS#4 I had about 3 appts after my 40 week one but he was induced at 42 weeks... They started checking me at different weeks with each pregnancy. The twins 28 weeks, DS#3 at 38 (did a membrane sweep), DD at 33 weeks because I had ALOT of pressure, DS#4 at 36 weeks I believe...
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    I go at 27 weeks, then 29, 30, 32, 34, 36, 37, 38, 39, 40.
    my old ob started doing checks at 36 weeks, not sure with this doc.
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    I was 2-3cm from 36 weeks on with both kids so even the check doesnt mean much, since baby still came 5 weeks and 3 weeks later.
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    The weekly appointments start at 36 weeks. You can be checked as early as 36 or 37 weeks, but honestly it doesn't mean much. I was 4 cm at 36 weeks with both of my last ones. Still went until 39 weeks. I was actually 6-7 cm the morning of my 39 week appointment with my 3rd dd, and labor hadn't started yet!
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    Sometimes women like to be checked because the doctor will do a "stripping"(that's what they call it in French I know it's not the right word in English" basically they run their fingers to seperate the membrane a bit. It can be less sanitary but it can also induce labour. I lost my plug the next day and my water broke 24 hours later. It's not something my dr will do before 39 weeks. The checks btw aren't uncomfortable they HURT. I had a hard time walking with my 38 week check and my 39 and a half week one was worse.
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