If you’re wondering, “Why is my cervix closed but I can feel the baby’s head?” You’re not the only one. Many women wonder the same thing, and it’s a common occurrence for new moms. This can be because they didn’t experience labor or delivery with their first baby, and their cervix has already become softer than it was before. Your doctor can only make an educated guess on your pregnancy based on your symptoms, and she’ll want to do her best to help you get to labor as soon as possible.
The process of dilation involves opening the cervix enough to allow the baby’s head to pass through. The size of dilatation can vary from one centimeter to 10 centimeters. When your cervix is three centimeters, you’re in the early stages of labor. If it reaches 10 cm, you are in active labor and ready for push!
Open your vagina. This is the first step in labor. If the cervix is closed but you can feel the head, try pressing gently. This will stretch the vaginal tissues and give you a clearer picture of your baby’s head. You can feel your baby’s head by gently pushing. Once the baby’s head has entered your pelvic cavity, it can cause the mucus plug to “uncork.”
A weak cervix is another cause of delayed labour. The cervix isn’t physically damaged but can open up. Sometimes, this can occur without any symptoms. A discharge might be noticed from the woman’s exposed membranes. If she feels the discharge, she should consult a doctor. Cervical insufficiency usually occurs after at least one miscarriage and early labor. The symptoms associated with a weak cervix may include early labour, backache, or premature delivery.
The position of the baby’s head in relation to the pelvis is called fetal station. Doctors can determine the fetal station by feeling the baby’s head in the cervix. This will help your doctor determine the best way to deliver your baby. Your doctor may recommend a Caesarean Section if the head is not applied properly to the cervix.
In late pregnancy, your cervix will be a few centimeters thick, but will thin out as the baby’s head begins to push down on it. This process is known as cervical ripening, and your OB will measure it. The cervix might be half its original thickness and as thin as a sheet paper. If you can feel the baby’s head, your cervix is at least 50% effaced. If you are experiencing a 50% effacement, this is considered normal and is not a cause for concern.
During active labor, your cervix will dilate from six to ten centimeters. Contractions get stronger, more frequent, and closer together. You may even feel your water breaking or notice an increasing pressure in your back. These symptoms can be very distressing so you should seek pain relief at a labor and delivery center. Once the water breaks, your cervix may start to dilate a few centimeters and you can feel the head of your baby.