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#1 Hausfrau

Posted 22 March 2010 - 03:49 PM

My DH is due to go away 1.5 weeks after my due date so I am keen not to go over due. To keep myself sane I checked my cervix and it feel about 1.5 cm long, about 9cm in, very mooshy, a couple of cms open and just above my cervix is a hard slippery ball. Is that the waters? I described it to my husband as it feeling like poking myself in the forehead and now he is worried that I have actually been poking the baby in the head.

I always imagined the amniotic sac to feel like a firm balloon filled with water but this is rock hard. What am I feeling?

#2 =R2=

Posted 22 March 2010 - 05:32 PM

You probably felt part of your baby's head if you went inside the cervical opening. Or it could be part of your sacrum which is just bone if you felt behind the cervix.

More importantly, I don't think it's a good idea to be sticking your fingers up there. If you tore part of your membranes with your fingers (but not enough to go all the way through so your waters stay intact) you're just asking for an infection to happen which I'm sure would be the last thing you want for your baby.

#3 Hausfrau

Posted 22 March 2010 - 06:45 PM

Thank you. It certainly didn't feel like a balloon with water.

Of course I don't want an infection which is why I washed my hands before with chlorhexidine and used sterile gloves.

I only did it because my midwife refuses to do any VEs and I need to decide if I should go to the hospital and ask for an induction or risk giving birth after DH has left with 3 kids in tow and no support.

At my last visit the midwife said that the baby was 2/5th engaged, maybe a little more. Does that fit with the baby being right on my cervix or has it engaged more?

#4 Soontobegran

Posted 22 March 2010 - 09:03 PM

It sounds like your baby's head original.gif  Certainly not the amniotic sac as it would have moved under your finger instead of feeling solid.
My 5th was an unstable lie and in the last few weeks it was really good when I could feel his head in my vagina instead of under my rib huh.gif

#5 MegsW

Posted 22 March 2010 - 09:08 PM

I agree with STBG - I think it sounds like baby's head instead of your waters.  I truly hope it all happens for you earlier rather than later DQ and you don't have to make the decision.


#6 Hausfrau

Posted 23 March 2010 - 05:04 PM

Thanks soontobegran. I'm also glad to find a head there as the baby was transverse until recently. It certainly didn't move away when I touched it.

Thanks MegsW, I hope I don't have to decide. I did have contractions every 2-3 minute ALL of last night so at least something is happening now. Still no baby though.

#7 MegsW

Posted 23 March 2010 - 05:07 PM

Oh DQ - sending you labour vibes (although selfishly keeping some up my sleeve as I would like this baby to be born in the next week or so!).  At least the contractions will be doing something, but understandably very, very frustrating.

Hang in there, sounds like the decision may just be taken out of your hands - come on baby DQ!!

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