Can I Check My cervix For Dilation?

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QUESTION

Dear Midwife,
Hello! I am currently 34 weeks pregnant. I have had braxton hicks now for several weeks, but they are still irregular.I had my son at 36 weeks by c-section and was wondering if my body will treat this pregnancy like a first-time baby since I only dilated to a fingertip with my son before the c-section or will it go more rapidly than the first?

Also, is there a way to check your own cervix for dilation?

ANSWER

Since you did not pass a baby through the cervix last time, your body will probably act like this is a first labor (it really is).

I don't recommend anyone but your provider doing a vaginal exam. Not only is it difficult to be accurate, but you run the risk of introducing infection, breaking the bag of waters prematurely, or starting a bleed, just to name a few possible complications. As they say, don't go there!

-- Cynthia, CNM