Emotional damage can come when your care provider announces, "You are 2 cms dilated, the baby has dropped, I surely won't see you back in the office!" The woman gets her hopes up, but the baby doesn't come. What's wrong with her, what's wrong with her body she might ask?
Well meaning friends and relatives may pick up the frenzy too. All of this is unnerving when 3 weeks later you are still going to your routine prenatal check-ups. Or the opposite scenario of, "You won't be having this baby for another couple of weeks, don't bother packing your bags." Only to have mom deliver by morning.
Remember vaginal exams measure several things:
Vaginal exams do not measure:
- Dilation & thinning of the cervix
- Position of the baby
- Station of the baby
- Position of the cervix
- When the baby is coming
- Whether the baby will fit (in most cases)
- All the progress being made in labor
Hang in there! The baby is coming...(on its own time table)!!!!
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