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posterior cervix???

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MARTAP
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9/19/06 12:12 P

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thanks girls, I feel much better! and yes, love the "keep your hands out" paragraph too - definitely not up for another internal next week... thanks again!


~ Marta ~

EDD: 9/29/06
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9/19/06 11:36 A

 
 
I love this last little paragraph in LeslieKelley's post....are we sure this is true? My baby feels like she is ready to drop out, but I swear she is hanging on to my bladder for dear life! yikes!

One more point: If people keep their hands out of your vagina, they wouldn't know where your cervix is and it wouldn't matter one iota. The baby comes out. Really.

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9/19/06 11:31 A

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here is a great article!!

A common question is about posterior cervices.

Cervices (plural of cervix) are mobile in the vagina. They move from front to back, side to side and round and round. Non-pregnant, they tend to stay in the same neighborhood, but in pregnancy, the head's depth can bring the cervix front and center, or the head can come down while the cervix is still posterior (facing more towards the back of the vagina).

When we do a vaginal exam and find a cervix posterior, it means we feel the baby's head first and have to either reach around the head to find the cervical os or sometimes we "walk" the cervix up with our fingers.

One major thing a woman can do to bring her cervix more forward for an exam is to sit on her fists. I have women make a fist and then, keeping them upright, put them under her hips. That position almost always works wonders for finding a posterior cervix. Not always though.

When a woman is in labor, the uterus contracting brings the cervix forward - where it needs to be for the baby to come out. If a woman is having vaginal exams (or doing them herself), it's a pretty good indication of active labor, whether the cervix is anterior (nearer the front) or posterior. Anterior would signal active labor; posterior usually means there's some work still do to. Of course, there are always exceptions! But generally, this is the case.

Before labor, having an anterior or posterior labor has zero indication of anything. Your provider might say it's a great sign for it to be anterior, but I've seen many a posterior cervix in early labor bring a baby out a few hours after that exam. An anterior cervix can take its own sweet time dilating. Before active labor, I'd not give any credence to where the cervix is at all.

As far as I can tell, having the cervix move from posterior to anterior isn't any more work or cause any more pain during labor. Dilating is enough of an attention-getter!

One more point: If people keep their hands out of your vagina, they wouldn't know where your cervix is and it wouldn't matter one iota. The baby comes out. Really.



Leslie, 30
dh Matthew, 31
dd Madeleine Jade, 11yrs
m/c March 2002
dd Amryn Lake, 4yrs
dd Anicca Violet
born 9/23/2006

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9/19/06 11:22 A

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lol...we posted at the exact same time


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9/19/06 11:17 A

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You cervix is supposed to be posterior when you are pregnant. That is actually one of the things they check if you are spotting early on, they make sure your cervix is posterior or "high". I had the same problem at one of my appointments (I think it was 37 weeks), he couldn't reach it. My doctor told me sometimes the way the babies head is can either help them to get to it better(by pushing it down) or make it so they can't reach it. He also said it doesn't mean anything as far as how close you are to labor, he said most of the time the cervix will not move down until you are in active labor and the babies head is pushing it down. Then it moves to "anterior" position. Also at the appointment where he couldn't reach it he could reach it enough to tell me that I was soft and 50% effaced he just couldn't reach the opening, but the week before I was 1 cm (which I still am), so it being hard to reach does not mean that you have not had any progress at all just means you are not in labor. HTH

Edited by: CERISSACLARK at: 9/19/2006 (11:20)


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LESLIEKELLY13
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9/19/06 11:17 A

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I found this for you, it's normal, you still have 2weeks for your cervix to ripen. If this is your first it probably wont ripen until the end. I hope this helps.


Towards the end of pregnancy, the woman's cervix changes in consistency and position. For most of the pregnancy the cervix lies towards the back of the vagina, behind the baby's head. This is called a 'posterior cervix' or an 'unripe cervix', and is often hard to reach by the caregiver when performing a vaginal examination. Near the time of labour (or during pre-labour and early labour), the cervix starts to move towards the front of the baby's head (being 'central' or 'anterior') and changes from being firm and closed to softer and more open.

Leslie



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dd Madeleine Jade, 11yrs
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dd Amryn Lake, 4yrs
dd Anicca Violet
born 9/23/2006

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9/19/06 11:12 A

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I never heard of that before! So the baby's head is blocking the cervic. Did your doctor say that this is normal? Will you still be able to deliver vaginally? Hang in there. It will work out. THere is an end in sight....some day soon!


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MARTAP
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9/19/06 11:06 A

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Ok - has anyone been told they have a posterior cervix? Had my 38 week appt and the dr. couldn't even reach my cervix b/c it was behind the baby's head (not for lack of trying though - holy moly it was uncomfortable!). I'm so nervous now that I'm not progressing and that I'm going to go really late. And to top it all off, I've already been told the baby is 99th percentile and that it'll be very big. And, I'm SO sick of working and just want this to be over and for our healthy baby to be here. Arrggh - sorry to vent - any one else in the same boat?


~ Marta ~

EDD: 9/29/06
It'll be a surprise!!!!
It's a girl! Louisa was born on 10/8 - 10lbs, 21 inches : ) She's an angel!


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