I have incompetent cervix, had a full term birth; pregnant again on bed rest has anyone gone through this?

Michelle - posted on 03/19/2012 ( 17 moms have responded )

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I found out about my short cervix when I gave birth at 21 weeks and my baby boy passed. With my second pregnancy my cervix begin to shorten at 17 weeks and was placed on bed rest and took medicine to stop labor and I was blessed to make it to full term! I am pregnant again 20 weeks now and on bed rest taking medication. Has anyone gone through this? I am really scared to lose my baby I don't know if I can be lucky twice :(

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Mary - posted on 11/18/2013

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Hi, It gives me strength when I read the success stories. However, I have no baby yet. I lost my 2 daughters @ 18 and 22 weeks and a son @ 20 weeks due to IC. In my last two pregnancies I has cervical stitches but didn't workout for me. Now m pregnant again and had stitches at 13 weeks and in 19 week. Please suggest what should I do to save my baby? I do follow my Dr's instructions....but very afraid of time ahead...

Neeraj - posted on 11/15/2012

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Hi Michelle,



I have cervical incompetency during my first pregnancy, got to know when there were only 24 weeks, I was on complete bedrest for complete 2 months in hospital, not even allowed to go urination. Used pot for it and with hard labour of 2 months, I delivered the baby on full time although doctor told me there could be painless delivery at any point in time. But with complete bed rest and going by doctor's instruction I was able to deliver a healthy baby on my exact expected delivery date. I really think sometimes that it was a miracle.



I am also now worried whether I should go for second pregnancy or not. Doing bed rest completely tortures me and I was referred by doctors at that time that if i will go for second pregnancy they will give me a stitch in starting days to prevent any thing bad.



So I wish the best for you. Believe in God, He is the supreme power

Jonell - posted on 07/12/2014

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I lost my first child at 21 weeks and never really knew what the cause was until I got pregnant four years later and my OB realized I had an incompetent cervix. My OB think that was the reason for the first loss (which I had to deliver the baby). Due to insurance issues I didn’t get my first BPP scan (which is supposed to be at 18 weeks) until 24 weeks. At that time it was too late to insert a cervical cerlcage as it would cause me to go into premature labor. At the time I was a fulltime student and employee. The doctor advise me in order to have a successful pregnancy I would have to go on strict bed rest for the entire duration of my pregnancy with the exception of going to his office once a week to get progesterone shots in my buttocks. My OB also advise that I can’t sex because orgasms are not good when you have an IC. Thankfully I am married and my husband took care of the bills etc. At my 36 week checkup my blood pressure started to rise and my doctor admitted me right away to have a C- Section. I now have a beautiful baby boy who bring so much joy to my family life. Sometimes I got so irritable on bed/pelvic rest but it was all worth it. For the ladies who are going thru this same issue hang in there. Most importantly choose your OB and Perinatologist very carefully and LISTEN to them. My OB and Peri I would recommend to anyone here in south Florida (Dr. Johnathan Bratter and Dr.Elvire Jacques). I can’t wait to conceive with my baby girl maybe one or two years from now. There is hope for us with IC.

Much Love Ladies

Tee - posted on 03/22/2012

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I had my first cerclage with my 2nd pregnancy at 18 weeks and I was 2 cm dilated at the time, hence on total bedrest. I went on to deliver at full term. With my 2 child (3rd pregnancy) I had my cerclage put in at about 12-14 weeks and due to pre-e he was born at 35 weeks. With my final pregnancy my cerclage was put in at around 14 weeks and she was delivered at 33 weeks due to pre-e. With those pregnancies I was not on bedrest.



Now there is an issue of the number of cerclages that you can have as you do develop scar tissue each time one is done and with my 3rd one the doctors had a more difficult time getting it placed and the resulting scar tissue did prevent me from dilating so I ended up having a c-section.

Amanda - posted on 03/24/2012

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Yes. My cervix shortened with my first daughter and due to other medical conditions of mine, they induced labor for her at 36 wks. After that I did suffer many miscarriages that had NOTHING to do with the cervix issue but my blood disorder. After many years I got pregnant with twins. I was scared all the time of losing them knowing that I had a short cervix and was in 'labor' starting at 19wks. At 16 wks they started twice weekly progestrone (?) injections and i was placed on bed rest shortly thereafter. Every night before going to bed I was thankful for an extra day. At 26 wks, I received a series of shots to strengthen their lungs and to try to prevent brain bleeds in case they were early. Our goal was to get to 28 wks. A few times I had to receive an IV to stop the contractions. My twins held out until 32 wks. They were pretty healthy; one had mild respitory distress and was on c-pap. They both were jaundice, low birth weight. the other had irregular heartbeats (brady is what they were called i think) They did have some other minor issues. All I can say is hang in there and since your medical team is aware of your condition it greatly increases your risk of carrying your baby to safety. Good luck.

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Sue - posted on 11/13/2015

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My daughter just lost her baby tonight 😢😪 she is still at hospital, my heart is breaking for my grandparent and daughter!

Jamie - posted on 04/26/2014

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I was wondering if you have heard of the TAC? This would greatly increase your chance of having a viable baby. Dr.Haney in Chicago does them. Also, a TVCIC would be just a step below that. Dr.katz in San Francisco does those. I might have some good info for you...I know this thread is old but feel free to contact me. Benrdy@yahoo.com

MarieMarie - posted on 07/25/2013

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I had a miscarriage before, this is my first stable pregnancy...but recently I have been placed on Bedrest at 33 weeks. I went into my regular checkup at OB and ended up getting admitted to hospital for 3 days because I was 2 cm dialated and 80% effaced. They gave me medicine too for the contractions and lots of Iv fluids....I went home at 33 weeks to be on fixed bedrest (which I occasionally break to do laundry, or cook)...

However I have made it to 36 weeks starting yesterday so I am doing pretty good. I still have contractions here and there and believe it or not I am 'Still' 2 cm dialated and 80% effaced since 33 weeks. I have one more week before I am 37 weeks and I really want to make that goal :)..dont worry I believe everything will be fine as long as you drink like a fish lol and eat good, and lay down all the time.

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Hello,

I had no clue that I had an incompetent cervix till about 10 at night on July 8. I felt a rubbery bubble in my vaginal canal. I went to the ER and come to find out I had a bulging membrane. They rushed me an hour away to the nearest hospital. Being 20 and this my first child I was so scared. When the doctors told me about my weak cervix I didn't know what was going to happen. I was dilated to a 5 when I first got there,with my membrane sack thru my cervix. They put me on medicine to shrink my cervix. Which helped! I went to a four then a 2. Little did I know that every time I was allowed to get up to go to the bathroom my cervix would open from a 2 to a 4.5. I was put on bed rest from the time I got there at 5:00 am on July 9th till July 18th, only allowed to use the bathroom and that all. They were shocked I lasted as long as I did for being 27 wks and 6 days. My membrane never broke or nothing. Around 2:30 pm on July 18th I began labor. The doctors had to break my water and at 3:05 pm on July 18th I gave birth to a 2lb 3oz 15 in long baby boy. He came out with a cry so I knew he was a fighter. Not even 8 hours old he was off the breathing tube and on the cpap machine. At bout 5 days old he was off all breathing machines and breathing on his own. Right now he is doing wonderful. He has a little help breathing if needed but not as big as the cpap. The nicu doctors and nurse keep saying to him if he knows how old he is. He's a stronger willed little fighter. Doctors asked me if I was going to have another one. I told them most likely not. I was scared to death what might happen to my baby boy. My sister lost her daughter at bout the same gestation, but for a completely different reason. I would of been able to do it. He won't get to come home till about October but he can stay till he is ready. He's my everything. You never know how much you love someone till you get put in this position.

I hope the best for you in this pregnancy. Hope nothing goes wrong. There are medicines or the stitch to help with the cervix! Best of luck. Prayers.

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Hello,

I had no clue that I had an incompetent cervix till about 10 at night on July 8. I felt a rubbery bubble in my vaginal canal. I went to the ER and come to find out I had a bulging membrane. They rushed me an hour away to the nearest hospital. Being 20 and this my first child I was so scared. When the doctors told me about my weak cervix I didn't know what was going to happen. I was dilated to a 5 when I first got there,with my membrane sack thru my cervix. They put me on medicine to shrink my cervix. Which helped! I went to a four then a 2. Little did I know that every time I was allowed to get up to go to the bathroom my cervix would open from a 2 to a 4.5. I was put on bed rest from the time I got there at 5:00 am on July 9th till July 18th, only allowed to use the bathroom and that all. They were shocked I lasted as long as I did for being 27 wks and 6 days. My membrane never broke or nothing. Around 2:30 pm on July 18th I began labor. The doctors had to break my water and at 3:05 pm on July 18th I gave birth to a 2lb 3oz 15 in long baby boy. He came out with a cry so I knew he was a fighter. Not even 8 hours old he was off the breathing tube and on the cpap machine. At bout 5 days old he was off all breathing machines and breathing on his own. Right now he is doing wonderful. He has a little help breathing if needed but not as big as the cpap. The nicu doctors and nurse keep saying to him if he knows how old he is. He's a stronger willed little fighter. Doctors asked me if I was going to have another one. I told them most likely not. I was scared to death what might happen to my baby boy. My sister lost her daughter at bout the same gestation, but for a completely different reason. I would of been able to do it. He won't get to come home till about October but he can stay till he is ready. He's my everything. You never know how much you love someone till you get put in this position.

I hope the best for you in this pregnancy. Hope nothing goes wrong. There are medicines or the stitch to help with the cervix! Best of luck. Prayers.

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Hello,

I had no clue that I had an incompetent cervix till about 10 at night on July 8. I felt a rubbery bubble in my vaginal canal. I went to the ER and come to find out I had a bulging membrane. They rushed me an hour away to the nearest hospital. Being 20 and this my first child I was so scared. When the doctors told me about my weak cervix I didn't know what was going to happen. I was dilated to a 5 when I first got there,with my membrane sack thru my cervix. They put me on medicine to shrink my cervix. Which helped! I went to a four then a 2. Little did I know that every time I was allowed to get up to go to the bathroom my cervix would open from a 2 to a 4.5. I was put on bed rest from the time I got there at 5:00 am on July 9th till July 18th, only allowed to use the bathroom and that all. They were shocked I lasted as long as I did for being 27 wks and 6 days. My membrane never broke or nothing. Around 2:30 pm on July 18th I began labor. The doctors had to break my water and at 3:05 pm on July 18th I gave birth to a 2lb 3oz 15 in long baby boy. He came out with a cry so I knew he was a fighter. Not even 8 hours old he was off the breathing tube and on the cpap machine. At bout 5 days old he was off all breathing machines and breathing on his own. Right now he is doing wonderful. He has a little help breathing if needed but not as big as the cpap. The nicu doctors and nurse keep saying to him if he knows how old he is. He's a stronger willed little fighter. Doctors asked me if I was going to have another one. I told them most likely not. I was scared to death what might happen to my baby boy. My sister lost her daughter at bout the same gestation, but for a completely different reason. I would of been able to do it. He won't get to come home till about October but he can stay till he is ready. He's my everything. You never know how much you love someone till you get put in this position.

I hope the best for you in this pregnancy. Hope nothing goes wrong. There are medicines or the stitch to help with the cervix! Best of luck. Prayers.

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Hello,

I had no clue that I had an incompetent cervix till about 10 at night on July 8. I felt a rubbery bubble in my vaginal canal. I went to the ER and come to find out I had a bulging membrane. They rushed me an hour away to the nearest hospital. Being 20 and this my first child I was so scared. When the doctors told me about my weak cervix I didn't know what was going to happen. I was dilated to a 5 when I first got there,with my membrane sack thru my cervix. They put me on medicine to shrink my cervix. Which helped! I went to a four then a 2. Little did I know that every time I was allowed to get up to go to the bathroom my cervix would open from a 2 to a 4.5. I was put on bed rest from the time I got there at 5:00 am on July 9th till July 18th, only allowed to use the bathroom and that all. They were shocked I lasted as long as I did for being 27 wks and 6 days. My membrane never broke or nothing. Around 2:30 pm on July 18th I began labor. The doctors had to break my water and at 3:05 pm on July 18th I gave birth to a 2lb 3oz 15 in long baby boy. He came out with a cry so I knew he was a fighter. Not even 8 hours old he was off the breathing tube and on the cpap machine. At bout 5 days old he was off all breathing machines and breathing on his own. Right now he is doing wonderful. He has a little help breathing if needed but not as big as the cpap. The nicu doctors and nurse keep saying to him if he knows how old he is. He's a stronger willed little fighter. Doctors asked me if I was going to have another one. I told them most likely not. I was scared to death what might happen to my baby boy. My sister lost her daughter at bout the same gestation, but for a completely different reason. I would of been able to do it. He won't get to come home till about October but he can stay till he is ready. He's my everything. You never know how much you love someone till you get put in this position.

I hope the best for you in this pregnancy. Hope nothing goes wrong. There are medicines or the stitch to help with the cervix! Best of luck. Prayers.

Rachel - posted on 01/07/2013

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I would get a second opinion on the cerclage. It seems to me that it would help to keep your water from breaking and your cervix from shortening/dialating. I had one placed at 21 weeks when they discovered that my cervix length had shortened by 50%. It kept me pregnant from that point until 39 weeks when I gave birth. I expect that next time it will be placed at 12 weeks. Good luck.

User - posted on 09/27/2012

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hi

my shortened cervix was spotted at 24 weeks at a random 'lets show my mum' ultrasound. I was immediately transfered to a high risk pregnancy ward and I literally counted days. I had 7mm on my cervix that day and it went to 4mm in 2 days with funnelling. My os open and closed daily. I never had contractions and the reality is if I hadn't had done that 'unnecessary' ultrasound I may have lost my daughter. I was in hospital until 28 weeks at which time they let me go home. I lay on the couch until 32 weeks and then got up amd moved around. My daughter was born healthy at 37.3 weeks. it freaks me out but I am going to try for another 3 years on. at least I am prepared now. I will take more care with my poor body. But the fear will stay with me until I am over 32 weeks. I am 41 years old. I had abortions (2) prior to the birth of my daughter. I had an aunty that lost 3 children due to incompetent cervix and she had never had an abortion in her life. Who knows why. I just know that it is the scariest, most soul searching experience I have ever had and it made me treasure my child in a way that perhaps I would never have done if it hadn't have happened.

good luck to all and I send you all love

she

Michelle - posted on 03/23/2012

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Thank you! I've actually learned something I did not know and at the same time you've given me hope since you done it more than once! Very much appreciated :)

Michelle - posted on 03/20/2012

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thank you for the reply: I have discussed with my doctor about the stitch however, the doctor informed me the stitch will not stop my water from breaking and that's what we're working on. With my first baby I did not have a stitch but with strict bed rest I was able to manage the problem is can i do it twice in a row? I am completely dilated ready to give birth anytime :( thank you for your prayers they're so needed!

Sarah - posted on 03/19/2012

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I have heard of this Michelle, though I didn't have it myself. Did they put a stitch in to keep it closed? If not, ask your doctor about this. Also, stay really strict with your bedrest. I was on bedrest with my first pregnancy due to my blood pressure and it sucks, but the more strict you are with it the better. Good luck, I will pray for you that you go to term again.

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