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What's Your Story? Tell us. / Re: New Here. Short cervix, no cerclage
« Last post by Majickyl84 on June 02, 2020 at 10:47 AM »
Hi Becca!

I'm new here too, and I'm with you. It's been more helpful to read these stories than anything else!

My sister was in a similar situation as you with her first.  She was diagnosed at 19 weeks with an incompetent cervix - her membranes were already bulging and no one in the region would do a cerclage in her situation.  She made it 5 more weeks and had her little girl at 24-5. It was a long time in the NICU but she's a healthy girl with only minor sequelae from her ordeal... and you're already past that, with more cervix to go!

It seems to run in my family, I was 25 mm at 21 weeks, given progesterone and told come back for another scan in a week.  Doc was not terribly concerned but I brought up a cerclage immediately, knowing from my sister's experience that time was not on my side and not wanting him to drag his feet on this.

At the next scan just 6 days later I was at 9mm (baby was vertex in that one). My doctor scheduled a cerclage for the following Friday (2 days) and sent me to MFM.  MFM couldn't see me until the same time as the surgery, so he said go with them.  He knew I was a bit of a complicated patient for anesthesia and MFM is at a better hospital with a better anesthesia team, and the MFM team does more cerclages than he does.

At my MFM consult Friday morning I was 15mm (baby was breech in this one) with funneling, soft cervix, and beginning to dilate but not quite a cm.  I had a cerclage that evening, once the c-sections (like 10 of them!) were all done. 

That was this past Friday, and I've been recovering since.

I'm so thankful the timing worked out the way it did and I was short enough that it was indicated, long enough that they had tissue to work with, and had already failed progesterone treatment by 22 weeks.  I'm lucky in that respect... all the stars aligned.  Now it's countdown to viability, and then not-micro, then.... so on.

Being just short of the line like you is the worst!  Maybe you can ask about a pessary?  Have faith, a lot of women here extended their pregnancies plenty by just bed rest, and if they are willing to keep you in hospital for that rest it's great... they can act quickly to stop contractions if they need to.  If you make it 5 weeks like my sis did (and she was starting from further effaced and dilated than you are), you'll be 30 weeks!  Sure that's a bit early, but her chances are great then.  She's already viable (I'm so looking forward to when I can say my LO is viable!)  and every day she's getting stronger. 
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Making the Best of Bed Rest / Monday Roll Call for June 1, 2020
« Last post by Angela on June 01, 2020 at 10:20 AM »
Hi, ladies! How's the weather near you?

Try to find a chance to spend some time outside. For example, while eating a meal (when you'd be sitting up anyway) or reclining on a lounge chair. Do you have any other suggestions on how you can make spending some time outside happen?

I hope you all can join us Thursday at 2 pm Eastern time for the Live Chat. It's always fun, but even more so when we have several moms on. In the meantime...

Keep 'em cookin', mamas!
Angela


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What's Your Story? Tell us. / New Here. Short cervix, no cerclage
« Last post by Becca on May 28, 2020 at 09:52 AM »
Hey everyone! I’m so thankful to have found this forum so I can read other stories and hopefully get some encouragement. It was found at my anatomy scan that I had a short cervix. My doctor prescribed vaginal progestwrone and I returned in a week for another measurement. I was at 2.7cm which he said he was very happy with. Well I went back again the following week for another measurement and I was down to 1.9 cm. At that point I was 24 weeks so it was too late for a cerclage. I went home that night full of anxiety and thought I was feeling a lot of pressure. My doctor had me go in and have another measurement. 1.4cm! I was admitted and received steroids and released after three days for bed rest at home. I Was told if it continues to shorten I will need to be admitted for the remainder of my pregnancy. I would stay in hospital for months if it means baby girl won’t be born a micropreemie.  Has anyone else experienced a short cervix and how long did you make it before you delivered? I have another appointment today for a measurement and I’m so hoping it’s good. I’m 25 and 1 today.
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Making the Best of Bed Rest / Monday Roll Call for May 25, 2020
« Last post by Angela on May 26, 2020 at 08:41 AM »
Hello, ladies.

With the long weekend, were you able to spend any extra time with family? Or social distance with friends? Who is looking forward to an OB appointment this week? Did anyone have one last week you'd like to tell us about. We're looking forward to your updates!

Hope to see you all in the Chat Room Thursday at 2 pm Eastern/11 am Pacific: http://www.keepemcookin.com/live-chat/

Keep those babies cookin'!
Angela

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Making the Best of Bed Rest / Monday Roll Call for May 18, 2020
« Last post by Angela on May 18, 2020 at 09:17 AM »
Hello, ladies!
So tell us what's new! Does anyone have any new books or movies to recommend to help pass the time? Also, does anyone want to propose a topic for our live chat Thursday at 2 pm Eastern/11 am Pacific? Or, we can keep it open to discuss anything.

Keep those babies cookin'!
Angela

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What's Your Story? Tell us. / Re: Help! Hoping for reassurance
« Last post by Coolgirl23 on May 16, 2020 at 08:23 PM »
Hi everyone,
25 weeks pregnant and found that cervix decreased in length from 4 to 2.0 . On modified bed rest , too late for cerclage , so pessary is in . Nifedipine and progesterone transvaginal gel . So anxious and hoping all goes well.
Has the pessary worked for others ?
First baby and am 39 yrs old . Any advice , suggestions.
Thanks
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What's Your Story? Tell us. / 23 weeks and counting
« Last post by Katy8910 on May 12, 2020 at 05:25 PM »
Hi everyone, I just made it to 23 weeks. I started having bleeding at 17 weeks and it’s been on and off since then. They put me on modified bedrest 4 weeks ago and likely I have a partial placental abruption.

Unfortunately, this is my second abruption, I have an 18 month old that I had a abruption with at 27 weeks. I was hospitalized while pregnant with her for 8 weeks and finally delivered a perfect little lady at 26 weeks 1 day. And we were so lucky to avoid a NICU stay.

This pregnancy has been significantly more difficult, having a toddler, having the bleeding so much earlier, and not knowing if I will be hospitalized soon and whether or not I will be allowed any visitors. It’s just been emotionally draining. I know you all are going through similar struggles and I appreciate reading your stories and updates. Trying to stay positive here in Colorado!
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Making the Best of Bed Rest / Monday Roll Call for May 11, 2020
« Last post by Angela on May 11, 2020 at 11:02 AM »
Hello! Here's something to get the week started with some positive thoughts!

Tell us the most important thing you've learned while on bed rest. It can be philosophical or something practical (like knitting or a craft, or something you read in a book about newborn care) or something silly or fun (like how many animals have blue tongues: bit.ly/1QSkfen)

I'll start. When I was on bed rest, I learned that there is only so much in life you can control. For everything else, you just HAVE to let go.  (I also learned that my husband has NO idea how to fold towels, but he CAN cook.  :D )

Hope to see you all on the live chat on Thursday!

Keep 'em cookin', mamas!
Angela

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Making the Best of Bed Rest / Monday Roll Call for May 6, 2020
« Last post by Angela on May 04, 2020 at 08:20 AM »
Hello, ladies!

You all are doing the most important job in the world and you deserve all the support you can get!

The last few weeks on the Live Chat have been pretty slow. It would mean a lot to me, and especially the other bed rest moms here, if we could count on more of you to come out. It can be a lot of fun! Please let us know if you will be on the chat on Thursday. :)

Keep 'em cookin', mamas!
Angela

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What's Your Story? Tell us. / Re: Help! Hoping for reassurance
« Last post by Cebert24 on May 01, 2020 at 07:17 PM »
My cervix was remaining stable with progesterone and modified bedrest from weeks 12 through 19.  At my 20 week check it had gone down to 9mm but closed.  Devastation and sheer panic was my mood all throughout the visit.  I was admitted and received a rescue cerclage the next day they said my cervix was still closed and they were able to gain a little bit of length during the procedure.  I have just come home today and am so scared and very frustrated/upset they didnt do this sooner.  I dont know how to forgive myself if the worst happens and we lose this baby!
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