When at one of my last appts, the dr asked if I was having any contractions (I'm about 30 weeks). I told her only braxton hicks. She told me that the only contractions that are bh are ones that don't affect the cervix. She then went on to examine my cervix and it was long and firm and completely closed, just the way it should be. So evidently, what I was feeling were just bh. However, in the last couple of weeks, I've been getting more of them. I've been following the rules of how to stop contractions (go pee and drink water and rest) and am aware of how many is too many and when to call or go in to get checked out. While I've always been able to calm my uterus down before it gets too serious, I have no idea if anything is happening to my cervix regardless. Does anyone know how to tell (short of an exam) if your cervix is softening, thinning and dilating? And heck, if me or my husband were to feel lmy cervix, how do you tell how long it is and all that jazz? I'm not scheduled for another appt for another 3.5 weeks and I want to be able to have a better idea if everything is fine or if I'm having too many contractions.
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