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Soft Cervix 
18th-Jan-2008 03:17 pm [cervical checks, incompetent cervix]
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On Wednesday I checked my cervix and discovered that it was extremely soft and squishy. I figured maybe it was just that day or the fact that I had just woken up, so I checked again the next morning. Still soft. And again after waking up this morning... STILL soft. Wondering if maybe it was the time of day, I decided to check this afternoon and... yep... still extremely soft.

I'm 21 weeks and worried that this could be a sign of a possible incompetent cervix. Its hard for me to tell if its any shorter than what it used to be, and because I've had a D&C in March, 6 months before I got pregnant with this little one, its also hard to tell whether it feels open, but it doesn't feel completely closed. There was even a pin sized little bump that I felt on it near the opening which wasn't there before. My culture came back clean, so I don't think its an STD but that also concerns me.

Could it be an incompetent cervix?
Should I call my doctor or the ER right away (since she probably went home and doesn't have an emergency number)?
Is it safe to wait another week for my next appointment or call on monday to ask whats going on?

*Edited to Add* My history: I had an early miscarriage in August of 2006, a D&C in March 2007. 6 months later I got pregnant with this little one. Earlier in pregnancy, my cervix was low and firm, although I haven't checked it since entering in the 2nd tri until now.
Comments 
18th-Jan-2008 09:34 pm (UTC)
My cervix is soft and open all throughout pregnancy. You can call your doctor if you want, but I don't think it or especially going to the er is necessary.
18th-Jan-2008 09:34 pm (UTC)
I've actually noticed the same thing, with the soft, open feeling cervix. I'm 26, almost 27 weeks and I can put my fingertip into the opening of my cervix. I have no clue if I could do this before because honestly, I never tried until recently...but yea, I'm curious too.
18th-Jan-2008 09:34 pm (UTC)
I did this exact thing last night.

Unless you have a history of miscarriage or are having bleeding, cramping or pressure, you are likely fine. If you're anxious about it, call the doctor at the next available opportunity, and if the situation changes (you get bleeding, cramping or pressure), head into the ER.

The bump could just be a nabothian (I think that's how it's spelled, anyhow) cyst, which is perfectly normal, but is worth mentioning whenever you talk to your doc next.
18th-Jan-2008 11:46 pm (UTC)
ditto. My cervix is also soft and open slightly. Women who've been pregnant before, have had an abortion, or had a miscarriage will have cervixes that are soft (you can have a soft cervix without any of the above as well) and sometimes open (usually a fingertip) it's pretty normal. Nothing to worry about either. Usually it's only a worry if your cervix is thinning out and dilating past 1-2cm. 1-2cm dilated even in early pregnancy is normal for women who've as I said before been pregnant, have had an abortion/d&c, or have miscarried.
19th-Jan-2008 12:11 am (UTC)
Women who've been pregnant before, have had an abortion, or had a miscarriage will have cervixes that are soft (you can have a soft cervix without any of the above as well) and sometimes open (usually a fingertip)

That's me - the never been pregnant before, never had an abortion/miscarriage. Still soft cervix, just a tad open. ^_^
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