Need advice/help!

Nadine - posted on 07/18/2011 ( 14 moms have responded )

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I am 37 weeks pregnant with my 5th baby. However, this will only be my 2nd child. After the 3rd miscarriage we found out I have an incompotant cervix. My stitch was taken out a week ago. Unlike last time however I had scar tissue form on my cervix. The dr didnt say anything about this causing problems but I now find out it may be preventing me from dialating. The baby dropped almost a month ago so I have had alot of pelvis pain and pressure. However since my stitch came out it has gradually gotten worse and the last 3 days have been unbarable. I have been having contractions all week with lots of pressure. I ended up in the hospital over the weekend and and was told that even with all of this after a week my cervix has not changed from the 1 centimeter and 50% eface it was when my stitch came out a week ago and they think it is due to this scar tissue. I was already going to be induced at 38 weeks so after being monitored for over 2 hours and having contractions the hole time they gave me a shot for pain and sent me home to wait and see my dr today. The on call dr didnt want to do anything to include pain meds to get me through till I saw the dr today. The nurses agreed with me in that everything that has been happening to me, the back/pelvis pain and pressure, the loss of appitite, the all around feeling of being uncomfortable and aggitated, contractions, pressure and over active baby are signs that my body and baby are ready to deliver. However because of the scar tissue nothing is happening and that they will need to induce to get things to finish taking off. My question then is if they decide to still make me wait another week to induce is there anything I can do on my own to try to get my cervix to dialate past this scar tissue and if not at least some thing I can do to help releive the pain and what not to be able to some what relax before she gets here. Sorry so long but I wanted to make sure anyone that responds has the hole story so they can give their suggestions for what is happening rather then having to try and guess then give suggestions. I hope their is someone out there that can help!

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Ingrid - posted on 07/20/2011

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I suggest you talk to your doctor about what he/she can do with the scar tissue. I had scar tissue on my cervix due to surgery several years prior to my pregnancy. When I was about to deliver our first child (at 41.5 weeks!) I was not dilating beyond 1 cm because of scar tissue, but I had terrible contractions and the baby was really ready to get out of there. When I was in active labor, the doctor "tore" the scar tissue, which wasn't as painful as it sounds (maybe because the contractions were much more painful!). It was uncomfortable, but it allowed me to dilate further, and rather quickly. Unfortunately, I still had an emergency c-section at 6 cm because the baby was in distress due to a cord issue, but I would have been able to deliver vaginally without the cord issue. You still have time for them to possibly do something more graceful with the scar tissue on your cervix if they feel it's necessary. Or you might just opt for the c-section if you have a choice! I wish you well. And congratulations on your new addition!

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Jackie - posted on 08/16/2011

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Try drinking Raspberry leaf tea. not jus the packet from the supermarket ( althought my friend tried that n says it works?) but its ment to b the actual leaf that help soften the cervix, it doesnt taste very nice so put some honey in it. oh yeah n get it from a tea shop..
good luck

Nadine - posted on 08/15/2011

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UPDATE!!!! I went back to the doctor because he had already tried to scrap the scar tissue which was horrible. He was sure I and the baby where ready but couldnt do anything other then wait becuase I wasnt 38 weeks yet and the baby and I were fine medically speaking. He scheduled me to be induced on the first day of my 38th week (monday july 25th) I saw him on monday july 18th and he was examining me again and trying to get rid of the scar tissue and found out that there was still a 2 inch section of my stitch still in place from the week before when he tried to remove my cervical stitch. He was able to finally remove it after much digging and pain. I cleaned my house walked had sex and did the accupressure, basically trying everyones suggestions. Wednsday the 19th I scrubbed my entire house and did a crap load of errands then while at best buy looking at tv's my water broke. 8 hours later on the 21st of july my daughter Alexis was born at 7lbs. 2oz. and 20 and a half inches. The dr was sure that if he has gotten the stitch completely the first time I would have had her the week before so I am kinda glad I went through the pain all week so she had a little longer on the inside. Thank you everyone for your help and support.

Melinda - posted on 07/20/2011

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Scar tissue in the cervix is not something you can fix. It isn't like putting yourself into labor - there r several ways to do that - several of which already mentioned. The most impt thing u have to remember is that u want a healthy baby. ( and in my mind w the least amount of pain). If u try to throw ur self into labor u will experience more pain not less. Most ovr the counter mess u can't take right now so the best thing to do is speak w drab out possible csection. Labor induction will be uncomfortable wo an epidural or some other pain control. Talk w ur doc

Ann Marie - posted on 07/20/2011

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I did the Bradley method, which is a drug-free childbirth method that focuses on relaxing as much as possible to reduce the pain and discomfort. The classes are 12 weeks, but there are a few simple things that might help with the pain and pressure:



1) Try pelvic rocks just to shift the baby around a bit. Kneel on all fours and gently curve your spine up a bit, then down a bit.



2) Try laying down on your side with lots of pillows around you to support your stomach, knees, and arms. Ideally you won't feel any pressure points. Just relaxing like this can help a lot.



3) Try any traditional relaxation techniques you like - music, nice scents, candles, imagining you're in your favorite places.



4) Slow dancing with your partner, and actually putting some of your weight on his shoulders, is very relaxing, and it can help get things moving too.



Good luck!

Keri - posted on 07/20/2011

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you should go see a different doctor! Mine made plans to induce just 6 days after my due date. Ironically, we left the hospital ON THE DAY THE INDUCTION WAS SCHEDULED! It sounds to me like they should be performing an emergency C-section, considering all the pain and the obvious fact this baby is ready to be born!

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This is going to be a bit disgusting sounding - but it works. Knowing that you have scar tissue on your cervix, and that your body is ready for labor/delivery - massage your cervix! If you know the general area, it will make it easier.
As for the pain, try an Epsom Salt bath. There are also herbal bath blends (actual herbs) to put into baths to help you relax and rid you of some of the pain. My sis used them after delivering her 2nd child and said they helped a lot. I do not know where to find them at... If you can find the number for a holistic midwife - that is my best suggestion for the herb bath! Just let her know exactly what it is you are going through and that you are not seeking prenatal assistance other than advice on where to locate the herb bath mixture. Hope this helps you! Hope you have baby soon too! I had a very painful pregnancy with #2! I know what you mean about everything hurts!

Nadine - posted on 07/18/2011

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We tried accupressure at home and it did the same thing the sex did. its something to do with the scar tissue on my cervix that is stopping everything.

Kelina - posted on 07/18/2011

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look up accupressure to inducer labor on youtube that helped me. also, nipple stimulation and visualization can be great techniques. good luck and congratulations!

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Sorry. I was induced the first time and had a repeat scheduled c-section the second. I know nothing about 'real' labor. Good luck!

Nadine - posted on 07/18/2011

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We tried that and other then causing more contractions and pain did nothing for my cervix. thank you for the advice though.

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I don't know if you'd be able to manage having sex w/ all the pain, but semen is supposed to help soften the cervix. It might help you dialate?

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