Cervical Checks: Why Do I Insist on Torturing Myself?!

Coming soon? Is there really any way of knowing?!

So now that I am officially full term (37 weeks), I am excited and anxious about delivery.  I absolutely love surprises and that’s what makes spontaneous delivery so much fun (heh).  What birthday will my baby/body choose?

Up until yesterday, I was certain that I’d opt out of those uncomfortable and unnecessary cervical checks.  What’s the point?  They don’t really indicate when labor will start and can give misleading information but curiousity got the best of me…..

I’ve just been SO uncomfortable and crampy (Braxton Hicks) and really really curious about what my body is up to.  Perhaps I just needed some solid proof that there would be an end to this pregnancy and a beginning to life with my baby.

So.  According to the vaginal exam that I asked my midwife to perform…..I’m 2 centimeters dilated and 40% effaced.  She says she’d be surprised if I made it to my due date.

While this may have given me false hope and put a spring into step, I still have to take it with a grain of salt.  I’ve had friends walking around dilated for weeks and with my last pregnancy, I showed no signs of progress yet delivered my son after only 6 hours of active labor.  So who knows really?

I’ve got my bagged packed, car seat installed, doula on-call, and everything is pretty much ready in case the little one is indeed ready and I’m kinda ok waiting it out in case he’s not (perhaps he’ll wait for my delivery gown to arrive in the mail).

How do you feel about cervical checks?  Are they even worth the hype and discomfort?