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aciric

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Short cervix at 20 weeks
« on: July 02, 2017 at 11:19 PM »
Hi everyone,
I am new to this group and a first time mom so here is my story. I am carrying a little boy, and so far he has been giving me some pretty big scares. I spotted at 18 weeks and was sent for a stat ultrasound, which was all normal and my cervical length was 3.5 cm.

Then at my 20 week ultrasound, I was told that my cervix had shorted to 2.4 cm. Of course I freaked out because this is my first pregnancy. My doctor got me to see a specialist the next day and once they measured me, my cervix was 3.0 cm. I have a history of a LEEP procedure (last year), so I am sure that has a lot to do with this. The specialist assured me that my cervix did not have any funneling and also said that from what he was seeing, it looked more than 3.0 cm. My regular doctor took me off work and put me on modified bedrest just so we can be on the safe side. She also started me on progesterone vaginal suppositories and scheduled me for another check up with the high risk doctor in 2 weeks.

At 22 weeks, I went to see the high risk doctor again, and they measured my cervix, and it was 2.6 cm, another drop. I have continuously taken the progesterone, and been on modified bedrest and my cervix still shortened. After the first few days of using the progesterone, I had some light brown spotting but I haven't had anything since then. Baby is super active and I can feel him so much- best feeling in the world. I have also started to have some tightening of my belly that lasts no more than 10 seconds and is not regular. So I am not sure if that is Braxton Hicks contractions, or just baby stretching in there. It confuses me because i only feel this pressure on the right side of my belly-right by the belly button.

 I am writing this post and hoping some of you can help me and let me know of similar situations that you have had. I am just so scared and I worried that my cervix keeps shortening even tho I have been on the progesterone and the bedrest. I know i have until 24 weeks to get a Cerclage, but so far they have been avoiding that because they do not want any more harm to my cervix such as infection, or cause for pre term labor.
Thank you so much and hope to hear from someone soon
« Last Edit: July 03, 2017 at 12:01 AM by aciric »

DanaS

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Re: Short cervix at 20 weeks
« Reply #1 on: July 03, 2017 at 12:12 PM »
Hi Aciric,

While I don't have helpful advise for you, I will let you know that I read your post and my heart goes out to you. For my part, I wasn't given a "choice" about the cerclage vs. progesterone vs. bedrest, etc. My specialist immediately sent me to the hospital where an OB surgeon informed me that my best option was a cerclage and we could do it or risk losing the baby.

Given those options - I clearly chose surgery the next morning. I'm not sure what I would have done if surgery wasn't an option.

Concerning Braxton-Hicks or contractions, my "contractions" didn't measure on the "contraction machine". That said - after surgery for the cerclage I never had those "contractions" again until I actually went into labor and they DID measure on the machine at that time.

Speak up about what you're feeling. Hound someone for a second opinion if you can - it's your medical care and your family's future. Good luck!

Candice1313

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Re: Short cervix at 20 weeks
« Reply #2 on: July 04, 2017 at 12:18 AM »
Hi Aciric,

I had an emergency cerclage placed at 20 weeks.  I was told that I had 2 cm left of cervix after the cerclage was placed. My doctor does not contunue to make measurements of my cervix though.  He just checks to make sure the stitch is still holding.  I am on week 28 now.  I'm not sure if this information helps because I had no choice but to get a cerclage done.  My water bag had slipped through the cervix.  They had to push it back in to place the cerclage.

I am on home bedrest and only get up for the restroom and occasional shower.  I do call my doctor if I feel anything that concerns me.  I think because I am on bedrest and not out doing things, I am far more in tune with my body.  So far, my bed rest life has been uneventful. I do get tightening in my stomach depending on what the baby is doing in there :).

I think I have read stories on this site that are very similar to yours.  When I first found out I had IC, I read so many stories.  It helped to know I'm not alone however too much reading on google freaked me out! I now cross stitch, Netflix, read, reach out to others,  organize my photos...just to help keep me calm through this challenging experience.

Wish you the best! Hugs

BabyB#2

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Re: Short cervix at 20 weeks
« Reply #3 on: July 07, 2017 at 09:46 PM »
Hello Aciric,

At 18 weeks my cervix was really short, less than 2cm, but I was immediately sent to get a cerclage. They measured me at 2.5cm right after the surgery.  I remained close to that for a few weeks but at 24+4 I measured a 1.3 and was put on hospital bedrest.  I was also on bedrest at home since 18w. I am now 26+4 and at 26wks I measured 1cm.  I also get weekly progesterone shots.  I do have "irritable uterus".  Feels like Braxton Hicks but I have been getting them since about 16 weeks.  They measure really small when I am monitored and are not affecting my cervix (meaning they aren't dilating me).  My doc says my cerclage is probably what is keeping me closed this long.  I would bring it up to your doc or get a 2nd opinion before it's too late.

aciric

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Re: Short cervix at 20 weeks
« Reply #4 on: August 13, 2017 at 03:14 PM »
Hi ladies, I thank you all for responding and I am sorry I haven't made it back on here for an update. I am currently 28 weeks pregnant- I can't believe I made it this Far! Ended up being that I have what's called a dynamic cervix- meaning it shortens and lengthens on its own( craziest thing I have ever seen). At my 24 week ultrasound, my cervix was fluctuating from 0.7mm to 1.7mm all on its own, it looked like a sponge, getting small and stretching. The MFM didn't want to do cerclage at all because it would not hold especially with the cervix moving so much, and also did not want me to go into preterm labor. He also does not want to measure my cervix anymore, and he is promising that dynamic cervix is better than incompetent cervix. I follow with my ob doctor weekly and she is the only one that checks my cervix- so far it's closed! I have been on bedrest for 2 months now and In and out of the hospital for pre term labor that was stopped by magnesium sulfate! The MFM also put me On procardia 3 times a day and that has been helping keep my uterus somewhat calm because I also have an "irritable uterus" . I still contract but I have learned to listen to my body and know when it's time to go to the hospital. I am a baby nurse and for anyone that is reading this blog, I suggest to follow your body. And if you have to go get checked, go! It is better to be safe than sorry. So far every time I went to the hospital, I was right and I was able to get the treatment I needed to keep my little guy cooking more.
« Last Edit: August 13, 2017 at 03:19 PM by aciric »