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How to Check Your Own Cervix

“it’s not rocket science”  

By Gloria LeMay, Midwife, Vancouver, BC

“I think it’s a good and empowering thing for a woman to check her own cervix for dilation. This is not rocket science, and you hardly need a medical degree or years of training to do it. Your vagina is a lot like your nose- other people may do harm if they put fingers or instruments up there but you have a greater sensitivity and will not do yourself any harm. 

“The best way to do it when hugely pregnant is to sit on the toilet with one foot on the floor and one up on the seat of the toilet. Put two fingers in and go back towards your bum. The cervix in a pregnant woman feels like your lips puckered up into a kiss. On a non-pregnant woman it feels like the end of your nose. When it is dilating, one finger slips into the middle of the cervix easily (just like you could slide your finger into your mouth easily if you are puckered up for a kiss). As the dilation progresses the inside of that hole becomes more like a taught elastic band and by 5 cms dilated (5 fingerwidths) it is a perfect rubbery circle like one of those Mason jar rings that you use for canning, and about that thick. 


“What’s in the centre of that opening space is the membranes (bag of waters) that are covering the baby’s head and feel like a latex balloon filled with water. If you push on them a bit you’ll feel the baby’s head like a hard ball (as in baseball). If the waters have released you’ll feel the babe’s head directly. 

“It is time for women to take back ownership of their bodies.” 


5 Responses to “How to Check Your Own Cervix”

  1. Sephia says:

    I’m trying to envision how exactly you are directing us to check our own cervix.

    “The best way to do it when hugely pregnant is to sit on the toilet with one foot on the floor and one up on the seat of the toilet.”

    How do I sit on the toilet and then ALSO have one foot on the seat of the toilet . . .especially when I am HUGELY pregnant?!

    **scratches head**

    Would standing near the toilet work better or should I actually sit on it? :-/

    Seriously trying to figure this out. Thanks.

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  3. Judith says:

    I think what the author is saying is to IF one is able to sit on the toilet and have one foot on the toilet seat it will open up the pelvic cavity. IF you are not able to, then improvise and sit on the toilet with one foot on some other surface that is close by, or put a stool or chair near you to lift the leg up and out. Good luck.

  4. pregnancy a says:

    When I initially commented I clicked the “Notify me when new comments are added”
    checkbox and now each time a comment is added I get several emails with the same comment.
    Is there any way you can remove people from that service?

    Bless you!

  5. admin says:

    I am not sure…are you still getting multiple emails? I am not getting any responses from your email on my account… not sure how to fix this..! Judith

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