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how do you check yourself... see how much you've dialated? when i go into labor i want to leave the house when i'm at 4 cm so when i get to the hospital i can get the epidural right away. so how do you do it?

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Asked by Anonymous at 9:46 PM on Jun. 2, 2010 in Pregnancy

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  • i'm sure you could feel your cervix yourself but unless you've been trained i doubt you would be able to accurately gage your progress. you go to the hospital based on how far apart your contractions are anyway..... not your dilation since you can be dilated and not in labor.


    Answer by princessbeth79 at 9:49 PM on Jun. 2, 2010

  • The doctor turns his hand vertical and measures how may fingers.At least that is how it used to be.but I don't know how many fingers is too many.Has your water broke?If your water has broken you should go to the hospital.If your water broke, you are limited on how long you can wait for the baby to be born.

    Answer by evelynwest at 9:50 PM on Jun. 2, 2010

  • Don't worry about checking yourself. Vaginal check just induce bacteria. Just stay at home until contractions are 4 minutes apart for 1 hour and lasting 1 minute long. That usually puts you at about a 4 or 5.

    As far as checking yourself if you absolutely insist on doing it than make sure your hands are cleaned throughly and your nails are clipped. You simply insert two fingers into your vagina until you reach the cervix and then see how much inner dilation you have. This will be QUITE difficult with a huge pregnant belly but not impossible.

    Other than the possible risk of infection I do not see anything wrong with checking yourself as long as it's not done multiple times in the first part of labor since they will undoubtably want to check you again when you get to the hospital.

    I do not think women should be afraid of their bodies.


    Answer by Anonymous at 9:54 PM on Jun. 2, 2010

  • You could be dilated to a 4 for weeks. Dilation doesn't tell you much in the sense of how close your baby is.

    Like PP said go when contractions are 4 minutes apart for an hour.

    Answer by Anonymous at 9:55 PM on Jun. 2, 2010

  • I could offer ideas & tips, but it's true: Labor is not about Dilation.

    Wait until the contractions are close and intense and see if you can't hang out at home a wee bit longer... If you can't then it's time to go.
    that's all


    Answer by doulala at 10:55 PM on Jun. 2, 2010

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