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Preterm Labor: Anything and Everything / Ultrasounds after week 24?
« on: April 10, 2018 at 07:41 PM »
Hi all,

I was hoping I could get some advice or at least, some other perspectives on this.

Story so far: threatened miscarriage at week 13, went to ER with bleeding, diagnosed with IC and funneling. Emergency cerclage and modified bed rest ever since. Bi-weekly ultrasounds have shown varied cervical lengths, but all above 3cm.

We had our Level II ultrasound two weeks ago and everything was great. The specialist there was concerned that my regular OBGYN has not been doing ultrasounds vaginally since stomach ones are less reliable. But I also know my regular OBGYN has been trying to limit anything "down there". They did a transvaginal U/S and cervical length was between 3.5cm and 3.8cm. All great.

I went back to our regular OBGYN office this week (we rotate through docs) and saw someone new. The doctor who did my cerclage has always insisted on the modified bedrest, but this other doc said she would like me to get up and move around more. Drive short distances, do simple chores, go for short walks, rest sporadically etc. I am a little nervous about this, since I think my good cervical lengths have been down to me resting for most of the day. Thankfully, my husband agreed that I should probably not take this advice too literally; I will move enough to avoid blood clots but still rest as much as I can.

My greatest concern is that after my next appointment in two weeks (week 23), this doctor said I will not be getting any more cervical checks/no more ultrasounds. She said that after 24 weeks, the cervical length checks are not as useful. I asked about other measures - progesterone, FFN checks etc and she said because my length has been good and because I have had no preterm labor symptoms, those things are not needed.

I know I SHOULD feel like this is good news - that I am maybe getting the chance to have a somewhat "normal" pregnancy, but I cannot help feel that all of my safety nets are suddenly being taken away. I know I still have the cerclage, but I still feel so far from any real milestone for a healthy baby. Should I be THAT woman and be more pushy when I go back to the doctor's in two weeks? (I'll be seeing someone new again) I am terrified that the moment the doctors stop checking, my cervix is going to fail again.

Thanks in advance.

What's Your Story? Tell us. / New to this
« on: February 22, 2018 at 04:28 PM »
Hi all,

Thank you for sharing your stories, especially your success stories- they are giving me some hope during this time.

I am 37 years old and in my second pregnancy. I lost a baby last year at just 8 weeks, so when I got to 12 weeks this time around, I naively thought we were in the clear. Last week, at 13w3d, I started bleeding and went to the ER. They saw funneling and within two hours, I was in the OR. Emergency cerclage and strict bed rest until at least week 20. I had my check-up this week and they saw no sign of funneling, but my cervical length was still only 3.5cm.

I am just in a constant state of sadness and worry. I am weeks away from any kind of reassuring point in the baby's development and the thought of losing her or him makes me sick to the stomach. But I also know that I have to rest and stay positive. To add to this, I live on a military base with no friends, and my family live 3,000+ miles away in England. My husband and stepchildren are being great, but I just feel very alone.

Did anyone else experience an emergency so early on in the second trimester? What advice can you give me? How did you stay positive when you still had so far to go?

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