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Hello everyone.
I was here in 2011, when I was having a problem with short cervix and risk of preterm birth. Well, that pregnancy didn't last long - only about 25 weeks but today I have a beautiful thriving girl who loves eating, dancing, and talking. But, let me add that, she has come a long way. She (and my husband and I) spent 142 days in the NICU.

I was told after her birth that I should plan my next pregnancy very carefully and should be referred to a high risk ob/gyn.

Well, I became pregnant again this year, but it was completely unplanned for. It was so unexpected that I thought I had early symptoms of stomach cancer because I had nausea for so many days. Any way, when I found out, I was already 8 weeks. Obviously, I am very worried I am going to have another preterm birth. My family doctor sent a referral to the special pregnancy clinic at the hospital my first baby was born (one of the 2 hospitals with L&D and Level 3 NICU). That was more than 2 weeks ago but I have not heard back from them. I am worried that the timing for cerclage might be missed if I don't get an appointment in the next 2-3 weeks. I called to ask them about the status of my referral but apparently the triage reviews all referrals and books appointments based on "priority". Until I get a spot in the special clinic, I am just seeing my family doctor.

Worst of all, I am going to be completely tied up at work next 2-3 weeks because I work in accounting and Mar 31 is our year-end. I am going to go crazy! I should have planned this more carefully and consulted with the doctor before I got even pregnant!! I am not enjoying this pregnancy at all because of all the stress.

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Hello everyone.
Just wanted to update you on my status. As you can see in my subject line, I ended up delivering my baby girl this morning.
Yesterday was my 6th day on bed rest, being 25 weeks and 4 days, still far from my first goal  of reaching the 28th week.
Prior to yesterday, I had no labour symptoms except dilated cervix but yesterday I had very mild cramping in the afternoon. I let my nurse know (just in case) and she put me on the contraction monitor for an hour. Then after reading the graphs, she wheeled me to L&D around 7pm as pecaution. Even at this point, it was stil just mild cramping and tightening feelings that I thought were branxton hicks.
I spent the night in L&D with occasional contractions and pain that slowly creeped up in intensity. After a couple of vaginal exams, it looked like I was going to deliver quite soon. It was a long agonizing night because I was still hoping that this was just a false alarm and I would be able to head back to my hospital room and continue cooking my baby for 2 more weeks. At 6am, the full blown labour pain started and I knew this was the point of no return. As one of the attending doctors told me, premature birth really does progress very fast - I was fully dialated before 8am and delivered my baby at 8:37. The baby's condition looks good for now. I am optimistic... I believe she is a fighter and will become a strong baby.

I couldn't help crying every time I was with her today. It's a mixed emotion - mostly it's guilt... having to push her out of womb too early, having to leave her alone in the incubator, and so on. But also watching her breathe in air and sleep peacefully also brings joyful tears to my eyes. Those of you who have given me a lot of hope, advice, and encouragement in the last 5 weeks, THANK YOU very much. I wish you all happy pregnancy and heathy babies.

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Hi everyone.
Today's my 4th day on hospital bed rest. Starting 2 days ago, I have been getting 2 shots of heparin each day to prevent blood clots from forming because I am restricted to bed. I get these injections on my tummy and the shots really sting (not as much as the steroid shots but....still) For those of you who are on hospital bed rest, are you also receiving any anticoagulant? I am going to ask the doctor tomorrow whether these injections are really necessary since I am allowed to walk to the bathroom and it is not like I am completely confined to bed. My belly is already very sore on both sides because of the total six shots I have gotten so far - soon I will run out of space for more injections.

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I have made it to 24 weeks and a few days without major problems except short cervix and i have been very hopeful past few days.
Wed am, I went for a follow up U/S for cervical length and the lab sent me to L&D after the scan. CL was 1.8cm which i was quite content with (little change since 2.2 cm on April 15
), so i wasnt sure why i was being sent to L&D. My ob happened to be at the hospital today for an operation so she examined my cervix again in L&D. She said it was 1-2 cm open... i was devastated. She ordered steroid shots but no ffn test... i was monitored for contrxn all day but very very few intermittent ones showed. They want to transfer me to another hospital with nicu but right now there is no bed available in there so i am staying in this hospital for now. The docs and nurses have spoken to me as if premature labour is impending... this is really upsetting because althogh i know i have short cervix i dont have cramps or contrxns. i guess it is because my cervix is open...? I am on strict bed rest with lower body raised and with no bathroom visit. I want to drink lots of water but am afraid because i need to use the bedpan. I guess i will get used to using it soon.

 i cannot fall asleep...it is past 2 am...i am using a smart phone to type all this so even if you find typos, please bear with me. It is my husband's phone and i am not used to tying on this tiny thing...

My first goal is 28 weeks, which is mid June. Hope my baby girl stays put until then.

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Hello everyone.
I just hit 22 weeks today! It's been 2 weeks since I first found out my cervical length was shorter than normal and was started on progesterone suppositories. I am celebrating each week that has passed with my baby inside.... I know I am still so far far way from my due date (Sep 8) but hey, I am half way there.

Any way, today I noticed a very small amount of bright red spotting on the bathroom tissue. I went back to the bathroom again to see if it continued, and this time, I found egg white like mucous with red blood streaks. I left work immediately and headed to the hospital. thinking I was losing the mucous plug. Luckily, the doctor said my cervix was closed and I wasn't having labour contractions (just tightening due to BH). I didn't get a transvaginal u/s scan but he looked "inside", did a digital exam, and also looked at the cervix from the pelvic u/s (from my abdomen). I was so relieved and left the hospital. But now,... I am wondering, can the cervix be "closed" and be missing the plug at the same time? Do you lose the plug only when the cervix is dialated? I may be just stressing myself out with all these worrying thoughts but I can't help it.

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What's Your Story? Tell us. / 2.2cm cervical length at 19 week u/s
« on: April 22, 2011 at 03:39 PM »
Hi everyone. I just joined this forum, after searching on the internet for others who had a short cervix and and have successfully delivered their babies.  I have read some sad/horror stories, and some happy ones, but the worst thing is the uncertainty: nobody knows how MY story will turn out to be.

I am due Sep 8, 2011 and I am 20 weeks now.  I had an anatomy scan last Friday (1 week ago), which showed that the baby was fine. My husband and I were so excited to see the baby girl on the screen, and we spent the whole weekend shopping around for a stroller, a car seat, etc. Just about when I was enjoying the pregnancy, I got a call 2 days ago from my Ob regarding the ultrasound. She said the baby was good but my cervical length was only 2.2cm, posing a risk for preterm labour. She sent a prescription for progeterone suppositories to a pharmacy and asked me to pick it up there. She said she would see me at my next appointment and arrange another ultrasound at that time. She didn't ask me to have a bed rest... but she said no heavy lifting, no jogging, no intercourse, etc. My next appointment is still 2.5 weeks away and I am afraid if I continue my daily routines, the condition may deteriorate quickly even before my appointment. 

I am tormented by the fact that the baby is perfrectly fine but due to my condition, I am putting my baby's life in danger. Because of this guilty feeling, I have been crying for 3 days now. Maybe my baby is detecting my emotions too. I haven't felt that many movements since the bad news, so I am trying to stay positive and keep singing and playing the guitar for her. At the same time, it is so hard to be optimistic as I am only 20 weeks now and my due date seems so far far away! I don't know what lies ahead of me and baby. If bedrest will save the baby then I would be more than glad to be strapped to the bed for the next 4 months. How does progesterone help my situation? I couldn't even ask the doctor over the phone because I was in shock.


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