I wasn't checked until I was admitted to the hospital with fluid issues at almost 34 weeks.
Lenora & Chris 01.16.10
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They started offering at 36 weeks but I refused until 40w. At that point my cervix was too high for them to reach. 2 days before birth, I was not dialated. If they'll let me this time, I have no desire to be be checked. I don't think the numbers mean anything in most cases.
I also find any poking around they do to be unbearable at any given time so I'd rather avoid that too.
DD1 July 2008 (41w3d)
November 2010 (13 weeks)
DD2 August 2011 (33w5d)
With DD I was 36 or 37 weeks... don't remember exactly. This time, I don't want to be checked until I'm in labor, and even then I don't want to be told how far dilated/effaced I am (unless I'm complete). I found it discouraging, because when I had made progress it got my hopes up, and then nothing happened, and when I hadn't made progress I got frustrated/discouraged. So basically it was a waste of emotional energy, because it has absolutely no bearing on when you'll actually go into labor. You can walk around dilated for weeks, or go from zero to ten in a couple of hours (or less, for some people). So this time I just don't want to know!
I was never asked (I had to ask). I asked for one when they did my GBS swab, one at 38 weeks when I asked for a sweep and another at 40 weeks, 3 days when he did another sweep (which put me into labour).
I have decided this time I will not be asking for checks or sweeps until I am overdue (which I expect to be). They just frustrated me!
I was never checked with my first 3. I had a couple checks with Heather when I went in for a couple NSTs, but other than that, there wasn't anything till I was admitted. With Hailey I think I was checked around 34/35 weeks, but then I was contracting lots and she wanted to be prepared. When I met the delivering Dr at 35 weeks, he checked me too just to see for his records. I'm hoping I don't have to be checked till 37 weeks or so, I absolutely HATE them, but I know for some it's good to know. When I was in to have Hailey they checked me every hour or so and I can agree that it's frustrating as hell to hear there wasn't much change. It was even worse when they started the pitocin drip in me and they'd check me and say "sorry still no change, if there is it's very minimal" At one point I was fearing that I was going to go in for a Csection or something beause things just weren't moving. Even hubby thought it at one point.
I personally don't think they should be done till you're in labour, as if we're not uncomfy enough, then to have those weekly before just makes it worse. I also think in some ways it just adds to the anxiety of the baby coming soon if there's lots of movement, or frustration if there's nothing going on. It's good to know, but sometimes some things shouldn't be done/mentioned lol.
I agree with pp, there's no need to have cervical checks at all. They don't indicate if labour is imminent, all they do is make you anxious or frustrated. I never had a check with DD at all, not until I was in active labour. It's also just another way to introduce bacteria into the environment which you obviously don't want.