36 week check-up. Should I decline the vaginal exam?
I had a hospital transfer and c-section at 39 weeks with my first pregnancy due to pre-eclampsia, and we were in the hospital over a week getting my blood pressure and DS's jaundice under control.
I have the same wonderful midwife this time around, and we're both on board for a VBAC at her birth center. (Fingers crossed that pre-e doesn't rear its head this time around!).
So, she said she typically likes to do a vaginal exam at 36 weeks, but she won't if I don't want one.
I'm not so sure that declining would benefit me, as I'm hoping to arm myself with as much information as possible to help ensure this delivery goes as we'd planned our last one. If my cervix doesn't show signs of ripening, she has some alternative measures she can take (herbs, I think), but if we don't do the exam, we simply won't know...
Yet I don't want a vag exam to halt whatever progress I might be having, as I'm already a bit head-shy about delivery, considering my first birth experience...
Any thoughts, ladies?