Anyone had experience with an incompetent cervix? cerclage?

Rachel - posted on 11/04/2010 ( 8 moms have responded )

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Okay, here is my question. I got pregnant with my first child at 22. I had no reason to think that it would be anything but a typical pregnancy. I was in perfect shape, health and had no medical history that would cause problems. My mom, aunts, grandmothers, etc... all had many children with no difficulties whatsoever. I chose a midwife, and everything was fine until almost 21 weeks when I requested an ultrasound to find out the gender. I was referred to a medical establishment, connected to a hospital, that specializes in babies/pregnancy. During the ultrasound they were shocked and kind of horrified to discover that I had an "incompetent cervix". Basically, my cervix was opening from the inside out. The closed length was less than half or what it should have been. I was also having "painless" contractions. I had no symptoms, so I was shocked and scared. I was transfered into the care of a high risk pregnancy doctor, sent to the hospital, and the gave me drugs to stop the contractions. They told me that I needed to make it at least 3 more weeks or the baby would not have a chance of surviving. Then the gave me a spinal block, and stitched my cervix shut (cerclage). I was then sent home on strict bedrest. Not sitting, no standing, just laying down except to take a shower and go to the bathroom. Then I had ultrasounds weekly for the rest of my pregnancy. They remained concerned... there was a lot of tension on the stitch and they were worried about it failing, but it did not. My blood pressure shot through the roof. I was very nervous. Luckily, at 37 weeks they considered me full term, took the stitch out, and allowed me to go back to my midwife as long as I could get my blood pressure under control. It lowered and i went back to my midwife. I stayed pregnant for two more weeks, until almost 39 weeks. (They say that by that late in your pregnancy the baby is pretty packed in there, so it's somewhat normal to stay pregnant even though the stitch is out). I had a quick, easy, five hour labor and water birth and my son came out perfect.

So, I have been told that next time I will definitely have a cerclage placed at 12 weeks, before my cervix has a chance to change. I know that is supposed to be the plan, and it's very likely that that is exactly what will happen. I am just wondering if any other moms have had a first pregnancy with a cerclage, and subsequent, successful pregnancies without? Thanks!

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Nadine - posted on 01/11/2013

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I lost my first at 8 weeks so assumed natural. I lost the second and third at 17 and 19 weeks. With my second my water broke and the third we caught it but not soon enough to get the cerclage in. I was introverted in a hospital bed for 5 days trying to stay pregnant before I finally lost her. They finally realized the problem. With my next one I got my cerlage at 12 weeks, started having issues at about 21 weeks but was able to stay pregnant till 39 weeks. The 5th one same thing I went in at 12 weeks had the cerclage and started having issues at about 26 weeks and had her at 37 weeks. Both happy and healthy.

Rachel - posted on 01/07/2013

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I haven't revisited this board in forever. I'm glad to see the responses. I haven't gotten pregnant again, but plan on trying later this year. I hope that my second pregnancy with a cerclage will be easier. I'm thinking that if they put it in before there is any change in my cervix, I will be able to be more active. I'd love to be able to walk around a little and not be stuck in bed for months at a time.

Nell - posted on 01/07/2013

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hello ladies, i have an ic and had a cerclage placed at 12 wks. At 19 wks they noticed the bag was coming through the cerclage. I had a second cerclage placed and started 17 p shots at 20 weeks. I am now 23 weeks and praying that I can make it to at least 29 or 30 weeks. anyone else have this problem??? im soooooo scared.

Stephanie - posted on 06/16/2012

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Well thats good. When u say that your second was much easier then ir first. What happened the first time? If you dont mind me asking? I plan on having another baby, but im so scared. I cant go through it again. It was really hard because it was my first baby.

Nadine - posted on 06/16/2012

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I also lost 2 babies before they figured out the problem. I have since had 2 beautiful baby girls with cergloges. I also plan to have 1 or 2 more. My second cergloge pregnancy was much easier then my first I was able to do more things and much less stressful. Good luck.

Stephanie - posted on 06/12/2012

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I lost my baby at 22 weeks and it was the hardest thing i ever had to gothrough. Later on it was discovered i had a incompetent cervix. Which i wish i would have caught this earlier.

Rachel - posted on 11/04/2010

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I was extremely lucky that they discovered it during my first pregnancy. Most women aren't diagnosed until they have lost a couple babies in the 2nd trimester. That would be devastating.

Robyn - posted on 11/04/2010

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I haven't personally, but I know a couple women who have and the answer is no. One lady lost 2 children quite far along before they realized the issue, and then had two beautiful daughters later on.

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