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#1 bright*future

Posted 20 December 2012 - 03:35 PM

I just had my morph follow up with the Ob. Our bub is head down today and the Ob was a bit concerned she could feel his head when she did an internal.

She checked my cervix which she said was long & closed, and booked me in for another scan to check cervical length on 28 Dec. I think it's more that the bub's head is down that she is worried about. She has told me to rest in the meantime, not so easy at Christmas with guests coming...

Any experience with this???  Thanks in advance!

quick edit - der I am 19 weeks...

Edited by bright*future, 20 December 2012 - 03:45 PM.


#2 pinkcupcakes

Posted 20 December 2012 - 03:42 PM

sorry to hear you're having a bit of a stressful time, op. nothing worse when you're preg and are given more stupid things to worry about. bbighug.gif

no advice or experience, just wanted to say i hope things turn out to be ok for you and for bubba....

#3 Boombox

Posted 20 December 2012 - 03:44 PM

Do you have a history of early labours, was there a shortened cervix on a previous ultrasound?

If not, and this is just a run of the mill normal pregnancy, then that is a really weird reaction by your OB. A baby at 20 weeks is very mobile and is likely to have changed position as soon as you walked out of the OB's office. It is totally normal to have a head down baby at a check at 20 weeks. I'm surprised that would have prompted the OB to do an examination as well- if she was genuinely concerned over possible preterm labour and wanted to see the cervix, a speculum should have been used- it's much safer than a digital examination (less risk of infection).

Obviously your OB had some worry by the head down position, but without further information it seems an odd reaction.

#4 bright*future

Posted 20 December 2012 - 03:48 PM

It's my first pregnancy and I haven't had any problems. The morph ultrasound showed my cervix at 4.5 cm, and closed.  She did use a speculum to have a look and then did a manual check as well.

#5 FizzlingFireboxes

Posted 20 December 2012 - 04:18 PM

Not sure why your OB was worried but I don't think it would be because the baby is head down. This baby was breech when I saw my OB at around 21 weeks, then head down at around 25 weeks. Baby's at this point are consistently moving.

Maybe something else had her worried? I never had an internal exam while pregnant with DS, and won't need one this time until later (after 38weeks) which I've discussed with my OB.

#6 eskimoo

Posted 20 December 2012 - 04:32 PM

No experience Bright, just letting you know I'm thinking of you.

I'm sure it'll all be fine and the Dr is just being especially careful  bbighug.gif

#7 =R2=

Posted 20 December 2012 - 04:49 PM

I've never heard of an OB who would do an invasive internal exam (and both speculum AND fingers?????) when your scan results show quite clearly that your cervix is long and closed in an otherwise healthy pregnancy. At 19 weeks your baby can be any position they like really. I'm just shaking my head here.



#8 Furfeathersfleece

Posted 20 December 2012 - 04:53 PM

My baby was head down at the 19wk scan and every scan and checkup thereafter! Guess he just liked being upside down  original.gif He was born at 39+1

#9 bright*future

Posted 20 December 2012 - 05:57 PM

OK thanks everyone. I will try to take it a bit easier just in case she did have reason to be concerned about my cervix, but will try not to get too worked up about it.

#10 Soontobegran

Posted 20 December 2012 - 06:38 PM

ohmy.gif

Like =R2= I think that is just bizarre. A 19 week foetus can be head down, it can be sideways, upside down and using your uterus to bounce off.

If you had your scan again right now the chances are that your baby will be in a completely different position.
Please do not be concerned but I would ask your doctor next time you see her why did she see fit to do not only a manual but speculum exam when there was no apparent clinical reason to do so.
She didn't mention anything else OP? unsure.gif

#11 bright*future

Posted 20 December 2012 - 07:20 PM

Nope, nothing else mentioned and Dr was quite specific that the next ultrasound would be a short one just to look at the cervical length...  shrug.gif

#12 Jersey Caramel

Posted 20 December 2012 - 10:00 PM

I was sure your post must be a typo and you meant 39 weeks... babies at 19 weeks are flipping everywhere! At one of my morph scans I had to go out and go for a quick walk to see if baby would flip over to get some better shots - he did.

Seems really strange - has the cervix shortened from the first morph scan or something?!

#13 scarfie

Posted 21 December 2012 - 07:38 AM

Seems pretty odd to me too.

As pps have said, babies can be in any position at this stage.  

The actions of you OB in performing a speculum examination, and then a digital one too, have me perplexed.

Does your OB have a good reputation?  I would be asking some questions next time you have an appointment and be making sure that you have very clear explanations on what your OB is doing and why.


#14 bright*future

Posted 21 December 2012 - 08:13 AM

Yep, Ob has a good rep - now I am really puzzled too.

But my thanks to all you lovely mummies & middies, I think I'll put it down to the Ob just being extra super cautious (too much perhaps) and not hold my breath til the next scan.  I am sure bub has moved now as he feels a bit different, and I haven't had any sorts of pain or symptoms that would indicate any problems....

Thanks again ladies, it's so good to get reassurance from you all!  closedeyes.gif

#15 Natttmumm

Posted 21 December 2012 - 08:22 AM

My baby was head down at 19 weeks and still is at 32 weeks. My obyn never mentioned anything at all. Maybe the babys head is engaged and low down.

Anyway - just rest and take it easy as she sugested.

#16 Cherish

Posted 21 December 2012 - 08:25 PM

Sorry but that sounds bizarre. I can't imagine why she would care what position the baby is in at 19 weeks- nor can I imagine why she'd do two internal measures!




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