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How many of you are refusing internals?
I had one last Monday and it hurt pretty bad. I am scheduled to have one tomorrow but am still deciding on whether or not I want one. Yes, it hurt but I also like knowing the progress. I'm feeling torn!
I refuse them during pregnancy and I don't allow "hourly" internals once I go into labor. I allow them to check me once I arrive at the hospital, a few hours later, and then when I feel like I need to push.
If I were at risk for preterm labor, that would be a different story. But after my 1st three pregnancies, I realized there are no benefits to having routine/regular internals done for a term mom.
I'm way to curious of a person to turn one down lol. I realize it doesn't tell me when I'll go into labor, but I'd definately like to know if I'm walking around at 3 or 4 cms as a 2nd time mom- I might be more apt to head to the hospital sooner than later once contractions started up.
I was going to pass on them, but I'm honestly just plain curious. They're uncomfortable but I figure as a FTM, I'm kind of enjoying hearing about my progress. But I know enough from my midwives, doula, and the Bump to not take it all to heart. That its not a good indicator. It's more just for my own edification.
doremi29:I'm way to curious of a person to turn one down lol.
I'm way to curious of a person to turn one down lol.
Yup me too! I was already at a 2 at my 36 week appointment and that was kind of a shock. I work on my feet all day and I'm kind of hoping if I do go to a 3 or 4 my doctor will take me off work :)
JordynLeighx3:I find it weird to have to "refuse" them. My ob won't even do them unless you want her to. She'll ask if you want one and if you say no then she waits until you go into labor.
My midwife doesn't push them. She always asks at my 36wk checkup if I want her to check or not... I tell her no, I'm not interested in routine internals.. and that's the end of it. The nurses in the hospital are a different story, though. Some of them are cool with it, some of them are rather pushy about it. :/
I wouldn't refuse anything my doctor wanted to do b/c I assume it's in my (and the baby's) best interest.
That being said, my office doesn't do them unless they're necessary, but if they wanted to do one, I'd have no problem with it.
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covertxxamour:I don't refuse. FWIW, they get easier each time, especially if you've made progress. It's also different depending on the doctor. Some hurt, and some don't. If I were you, I'd give it another try. But it's obviously up to you. Good luck!
Thanks for this. Like pp, I too am very curious. I think I will probably have one today. Maybe my doctor was just a little rough on me last time. I do like knowing that my body is progressing. It's actually quite interesting.
Thanks everyone for the opinions.
This exactly! I was at a 3 last week, and with how fast my first labor was, I definitely want to know, because I expect this one to come even faster. And my body has already done a third of the dilating without any contractions.
doremi29:I'm way to curious of a person to turn one down lol. I realize it doesn't tell me when I'll go into labor, but I'd definately like to know if I'm walking around at 3 or 4 cms as a 2nd time mom- I might be more apt to head to the hospital sooner than later once contractions started up.
shibby00:I don't refuse them, I like knowing what's going on in there.
This. Besides, it's all of 30 seconds, really. Nothing compared to what we're about to go through!