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I know a pregnant cervix feels like puckerd lips. All I can feel is swollen tissue, how can I tell if im dilating? What else should I feel for?
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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics
2 doctors agree
In brief: Not a good idea!
Unless a woman has lots of experience examining cervixes, she should not be poking around trying to figure out if she is dilating.
This is especially true if she is not going to deliver today or this week. If premature (too early to deliver), poking around can push infectious germs up into the cervix, break her bag of water, create more contractions, cause some bleeding, etc...

In brief: Not a good idea!
Unless a woman has lots of experience examining cervixes, she should not be poking around trying to figure out if she is dilating.
This is especially true if she is not going to deliver today or this week. If premature (too early to deliver), poking around can push infectious germs up into the cervix, break her bag of water, create more contractions, cause some bleeding, etc...
Dr. Robert Kwok
Dr. Robert Kwok
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Dr. Leto Quarles
Family Medicine
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Never check yourself
Only a doctor or trained OB nurse should check your cervix, using a special sterile glove.
Trying to check yourself can be dangerous - you can introduce bacteria, cause a serious infection, accidentally break your water too soon, trigger preterm labor, or even injury the baby. If you are concerned that you may be in labor, go to your hospital labor & delivery ward to be properly checked.

In brief: Never check yourself
Only a doctor or trained OB nurse should check your cervix, using a special sterile glove.
Trying to check yourself can be dangerous - you can introduce bacteria, cause a serious infection, accidentally break your water too soon, trigger preterm labor, or even injury the baby. If you are concerned that you may be in labor, go to your hospital labor & delivery ward to be properly checked.
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