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Hi, Toni!

Thanks for the email you sent me yesterday. I'll respond to you here because I know other moms are going through these same emotional and physical challenges. You are in a tough spot, for sure. It sounds like you can be thankful for discovering that your cervix had shortened and that your OB was able to do the cerclage.

Has your OB talked about vaginal progesterone? I have seen many many women here keep cookin' for weeks and oftentimes months with the combination of a cerclage and progesterone. That could happen for you, too.  :)

For your anxiety, guided meditation can really help. Take a look at these:

Another way to manage anxiety can include writing down all of your anxious thoughts to get them out of your head and on to paper. They've been documented, so you don't have to keep running them through your mind.

Here are a few of my favorite "short cervix" success stories:

Hope all this can help you! Keep us in the loop! Especially after your next OB appointment. That will help, too.

Hi my name is Toni I’m 41yrs old with my second pregnacy. I’ve been admitted to hospital yesterday with as my cervix literally opened during a scan. I’m currently 21 wks today and my baby girl is otherwise healthy and kicking away. I had an emergency cerclage put in and basically will be on bedrest with a hope to try and get to 30wks.

I had lost my first born last year due to an infection which we thought shortened my cervix. It appeara its actually because my cervix was not great that is why the infection got in.

I’m doing my very best to keep positive but its is hard I’m a Type 2 Diabetic and also hypertensive.

I need to keep my mind focussed on the good that we managed to get a stitch in because my OBGYN was doubtful he could get one in.

Every niggle, tender thing I feel is heightening my anxiousness.

I need to hear stories of success and educate myself on how to best adhere to best practices of bed rest. Please help!
Making the Best of Bed Rest / Monday Roll Call for November 12, 2018
« Last post by Angela on Today at 02:04 PM »
Hello, ladies!
You all are doing the most important job in the world and you deserve all the support you can get!

The last couple of weeks on the Live Chat have been pretty slow. It would mean a lot to me, and especially the other bedrest 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 Thursday. :)

Keep 'em cookin', mamas!

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Hi HeatherB, thanks for checking in with me. Things are stable, I guess. I went I. For a 3rd cervical length measurement and it was 1.7cm. Initial was 1.8cm and a week later it went to 2.0cm and now the 1.7cm. Specialist tried to reassure that 1.7cm isn’t that much different from 1.8cm but can’t help but feel discouraged and disappointed. I still continue to have mucus discharge tinged with pink/red.  Specialist and OB says it may be my mucus plug but they don’t seem overly concerned as I also have a friable cervix.

On top of this, just found it I have GD. I was in shock as my current diet wasn’t “bad”. But I think not being able to workout because of my shortened cervix has impacted me resulting in GD.

I’m trying to take this new hurdle in stride, at least with GD I have some sort of control and can manage it. I go for a consultation with a nutritionist next week, so I’ll have more info then.

Again, thanks for checking in with me. It’s nice to get feedback. I hope your pregnancy is going well.  May I ask what brings you to the forum HeatherB? 
How are you doing? Has your pregnancy remained stable?
Hi Sarafa,

How are you doing?  I'm in a similar situation and would like to hear how things are with you and the baby?

Positive thoughts for you and everyone going through this.
Preterm Labor: Anything and Everything / Re: Short cervix
« Last post by Mamaato on November 08, 2018 at 11:18 PM »
I think you should seek a second opinion from another doctor
Preterm Labor: Anything and Everything / Re: Short cervix
« Last post by mamabear2mycubs on November 08, 2018 at 07:32 PM »
I was hoping someone can offer encouragement with success stories.  There are a lot of happy endings in this forum and I hope to gain comfort from your experiences.  When they first measured my CL at 22 weeks it was 1.8cm, a week later it was at 2cm, and week later it is 1.7cm.  I am currently 24w5d.  Dr. said it's not that much of a change from 1.8cm but yet I'm discouraged.  I'm on nightly progesterone suppositories 200mg and instructed to "take it easy". 

Any mamas out there that can relate?
What's Your Story? Tell us. / Re: Intro
« Last post by HeatherB on November 07, 2018 at 02:58 AM »
Due to this being my 6th c-section, I have seen only the MFM for my entire pregnancy. I like it there and appreciate the added wisdom they have had dealing with high risk pregnancies. When my complications arose, they immediately took action and I feel safer knowing they deal with problems all the time.

A placenta accreta occurs when your placenta embebs too deeply into your uterus and wont detach normally so it can cause severe hemorrhaging. My mfm prefers to do a planned hysterectomy at 34 weeks with known accretas as he feels it has a better fetal and maternal outcome and is the safest route.

An accreta can happen in any pregnancy but it is most common when there is scarring of the uterus and the placenta attaches near the scar tissue. In my case, my placenta was on the front of my uterus and I also had a placenta previa. I had over a 70% chance of developing an accreta with 5 prior csections with my current placental placement.

An accreta is diagnosed through ultrasound and possibly mri. Once your lower uterine segment can be seen, they try to visualize your scar tissue in regards to your placental placement. If the placenta is no where near the scars, then your chances are small of developing the complication. If your placenta is over or near it, they look for the placenta to be embedded further into the uterus than it should be and grade the severity of it. The MRI helps them to visualize the blood flow which helps them to decide if it is detached normally or not.

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