I'm a mother of5 4 of which are preemies, a 23, 24, and 2-34 weekers and finally 1 full term

Malia - posted on 04/14/2009 ( 8 moms have responded )

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Hi everyone my Name is Malia. I have what is called an incomputent cervix (i hope thats how you spell it) A.K.A. weak cervix. What happens is whenever i get pregnant i need to have my cervix sewn shut through surgery and if i don't when baby reaches approximately a lil over 1 pound in my uterus my cervix starts to open causing contractions and resulting in premature labor. With that said heres my story.



My son Mervin who is now 11 years old was born at 24 weeks weighing 1 lb 12 ozs. Today he has some eye and hearing problems but other than that he's as healthy as can be. My 1st daughter Monique was born at 23 weeks weighing 1 lb 1.7 ozs. She lived for 45 days before moving on to be with our heavenly father. my next 2 girls were both born at 34 weeks the 1st weighing 5 lbs 7 ozs. and the next weighing 4 lbs 9 ozs. (idk what happen almost a whole pound in difference lol) oh btw they're not twins they are 10 months apart though. and my baby was born at 39 weeks yay was i sooo happy to carry 1 of my babies to term

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Lindsay - posted on 11/27/2009

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I am currently 20 weeks pregnant and am being monitored for IC, but am not sure about some of what my OB is telling me. I'd like the opinions of some moms that have dealt with IC.

My daughter was born in Jan '08 at 27 weeks. By the time I got to the hospital I was 6cm and my membranes were bulging. I was having pretty regular contractions even though I did NOT feel any of them (only went to the ER b/c I had a tiny bit of spotting-turns out it was my mucus plug) Anyway, I was rushed to the OR and had an emergency C-section b/c my daughter ws breech and in danger of delivering her cord and suffocating (her cord delivered during my c-section and she now has a condition called PVL due to that lack of oxygen).

My OB is only going to monitor my cervix until 24 weeks, b/c he says after that the danger of IC has pretty much passed. I am very concerned b/c my daughter was born at 27 weeks and they still thought it might be IC b/c my cervix had not been monitored at all and could have been dilating for awhile. If my OB has his way I will go from 24 wks to 28 wks without an appt or U/S to monitor my cervix and I am so scared about that.

Did your OB's monitor your cervix after 24 weeks or were you already dilating by then and had a cerclage?

Shiloh-I posted some info on the thread you started :0)

Shiloh - posted on 11/27/2009

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i have found out that im pregnant with baby number 5 and so scared. all the others have been early 28 36 35 31 wks.with the first i know why he came early, i had an ovarian cyst and had it removed while i was pregnant thus caused labour. But had no reason to why the others came early..... i dont think that i can do the whole premmie thing again, i dont know what to do or even what are the right questions to ask the doctors?

Erin - posted on 04/16/2009

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I remember the magnesium like it was yesterday! It was still cold outside, but I had ice packs and a fan blowing on me. My husband and mom were both freezing in my room! Lol. And not being able to have fluids! I hated that the most. Now, whenever I'm thirsty I go get something to drink! I had my twins vaginal, but I had an epidural, which didn't even help. When I got to the delivery room, which was a surgury room, just in case something went wrong, they turned the medication down so I would be able to 'feel' my contractions. I felt EVERYTHING. It hurt so bad I was passing out between pushes! I got my epidural early because just in case I would have to have a c-section, they would have had to put me completely out if I didn't have one and no one was alowed to be in the room with me. That scared me. When my contractions started the first thing I asked for were the drugs because I was afraid they would knock me out and my husband wouldn't be able to see the kids being born.

Malia - posted on 04/16/2009

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CONGRATS on your TWINS! I really wanted to have twins myself but unfortunately I didn't! The closest I got was my 2 girls being 10 months apart. I've had magnesium and hated that also, the hot flashes and the dizzy spells that i would get was just crazy and it didn't even help. not 1 bit. my baby was coming with or without it. All of my pregnancies were all natural births and while laboring my 4th child i've gotten the chance to experience 1 pain relieving drug called stadol (again i hope thats how you spell it) and it was no help at all to contractions...but it felt very good after baby was out cause i was knocked out for almost 15 hours. Never had an epidural or any type of laboring drugs available although i've requested an epidural on almost every birth but somehow it never comes on time...SUCKS!!! I guess I could say I have a high tolerance for pain cause dang it hurts!!! But i'm very proud of myself for keeping a cool lol

Erin - posted on 04/16/2009

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When I was in the hospital for the first time with premture contractions, they made me use the bedpan too, so I hear ya! I refused for a while because damnit, I had dignity! Lol. But after they had started me on a medication called magnesium, I couldn't get up to use the bathroom even if I wanted to. I couldn't even raise my arm up over my head. I will definitly take in your opinion of having my cervix stitched if I ever decide to have more kids. I'm don't know if I will or not. Since I had boy and girl fraternal twins, my chances automatically go up to 50% to have twins again. It runs in the family, but I'm the only one to actually bring both of my twins into the world. My grandmother also lost a set of sextuplets, so I count my blessing that I only had twins and not a whole litter! Lol.

Malia - posted on 04/15/2009

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I was in and out of the hospital with my 3rd pregnancy also my 1st cerclage which is what that stitching of the cervix is called lol. I hated it they kept me in the hospital from 20 weeks until i reached 30 weeks...it was awful for the first 2 weeks they wouldn't let me up to the bathroom I had to go on a bedpan and be sponge bathe by my husband because i didn't want strangers touching me other than my doctor although the nurses were awesome and the NICU staff here at Kapiolani hospital are great!!! Having a CERCLAGE was and is the best thing ever for us woman with an incompetent cervix. I high recommend any woman to have it done it is a surgery and there are risks involved like bleeding, it may cause contractions and even losing your baby but i've had it done 3 times and everytime i've had it done, it was PERFECT!

Erin - posted on 04/14/2009

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Hi Malia! I also have and incompetent ( I had to look it up, but that's how you spell it :D) cervix. I didn't know until I was 4 months pregnant with twins that it was like that. Unlike you, they didn't sew my cervix shut, they put me on complete bed rest, when I wasn't in the hospital. I started having premature labor when I was around five months along, and it really sucked. In one week and out the next. It got to the point where I wouuld pack a suitcase for every doctors appointment because I didn't know if I was coming home or going to the hospital. My twins came at 35 weeks weighing 3lbs 14oz, and 3lbs 3oz, and I don't know how I managed to hold them for that long. They were in the NICU for two and a half weeks. That was awful. Now I know if I get pregnant again, they will more than likely have to sew my cervix shut, even if I only have one baby this time.

Emma - posted on 04/14/2009

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Hi there,



My lil man was born 2 weeks ago, at 24 weeks weighing 1lb 7ozs , and i also have a 6 year old that was born at 28 weeks weighing 2lb 7ozs,im waiting to have test done but the docs think i might have the same thing as you.

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