In pregnancy, medical monitoring of the developmental progress of the baby as well as the health of the mother is essential for a happy ending.
There are several examinations and procedures that the gynecologist uses to gauge the evolution of pregnancy.
One such test is the touch exam in pregnancy. For the woman in her first pregnancy, these tests are often unknown, and as such may raise some fears.
So, in this article we will explain what the touch exam is about in pregnancy, what it is for, and how it is performed.
The touch examination in pregnancy is a procedure that will allow the gynecologist to gauge and evaluate the evolution of pregnancy, or in the case of a more advanced pregnancy, to evaluate the evolution of labor.
This test can be used to complement the diagnosis of pregnancy, or to check the age of gestation. In these cases, this test is performed at a more early stage of pregnancy.
In relation to the diagnosis of pregnancy, this test is only a form complementary to other tests, because alone it does not have the capacity of detection of pregnancy. However, the touch examination in pregnancy is generally more used in the late part of pregnancy, where it will check the thickness of the cervix as well as its dilation.
It is also used to perceive the position of the fetal head, if it has already descended, and still, to check the rupture of the amniotic sac.
How is the touch exam performed in pregnancy?
To have this test, the pregnant woman must be lying face up, with her knees bent and her legs spread out. The gynecologist will then insert two fingers and touch the cervix.
This test usually does not cause pain, but may cause some discomfort. In addition to the fact that it is an uncomfortable situation for a woman, also the pressure of the fingers in the fund of the cervix can cause that sensation less pleasant.
There are some cases where this test causes some bleeding. If you bleed after the touch examination during pregnancy, do not be afraid. It is a natural and normal situation. Just worry if the amount of blood is large. In that case, tell your gynecologist immediately.