Feeling Something Hard Inside Vagina

QUESTION

I'm 35 weeks pregnant and have had contractions on and off for the past 2 weeks as well as brown mucus in my discharge. I have contacted my midwife regarding this and haven't been examined as they don't seem concerned.

Today I can feel something very hard inside my vagina that I have never noticed before. Could be the baby's head as she engaged 2 weeks ago? This is my second pregnancy and i never had anything like this first time round. I don't want to contact my midwife again as she doesnt seem bothered by anything I have to say to her.

If it is the baby's head, should I be able to feel it and what should I do?

ANSWER

When you are this far along, I do not recommend that you be checking in your vagina unless you have been to midwifery school.

That said, it is possible that the baby's head is down far enough to feel, but there are also lots of other hard things in the vagina, like bones!

If you are concerned that you are in the kind of labor that means the baby is coming, you can ask your midwife to put in your chart that you asked to be checked and that was why. But if you are not in labor, it's best to leave things alone :-).
~Cynthia

Cynthia Flynn

Cynthia Flynn, CNM. PhD, is the General Director of the Family Health and Birth Center which provides prenatal, birth, postnatal, gynecological and primary health care to underserved women and their families in Washington, D.C. Recently Cynthia served as Associate Professor of Nursing at Seattle University. There she not only taught, but remained in full scope clinical midwifery practice at Valley Medical Center where she cared for pregnant and birthing women, and practices well-woman gynecology, family planning, and treatment of sexually transmitted diseases.

Cynthia founded Columbia Women's Clinic and Birth Center, where she took care of pregnant women and infants up to two weeks of age and attended both birth center and hospital births. Before Cynthia earned her CNM, she worked as a registered nurse in labor and delivery and postpartum and is a certified Doula and Doula trainer.