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TaylorH

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Short Cervix Success Story
« on: March 23, 2018 at 05:39 PM »
I told myself I would come back to this website if my pregnancy ended in success. I found hope in some of the stories I read, and wish to give others some hope from mine.

I found out I was pregnant on June 1st, 2017. We went in at 8 weeks for our first appointment for measurements and heartbeat. All was normal. My next appointment was at 12 weeks, standard appointment with no ultrasound. All was normal. I was then scheduled to come in at 16 weeks for a cervical check because I had a LEEP done a few years ago. My cervical measurement was 2.9cm. I really had no idea if that was normal, so I asked and the ultrasound tech said it was a little on the short side.. but didn't give me anymore info. I then went to the next room where I would talk with my doctor. She said it wasn't a huge concern right now, because it was so close to the 3.0cm that they consider normal. She said it was up to me, but that she would refer me to the specialist, Maternal Fetal Medicine, if I wanted. I am a huge worrier, so I said YES to see the specialist. I had an appointment scheduled for about a week later.

My first appointment with MFM went well, my cervix was actually 3.2cm! I was relieved, but still had that worry in the back of my mind. When I met with the doctor, he said that it looked great but that they would continue to keep an eye on it. Well, I went once a week and the measurements were stable so they sent me back to my regular OB's office. Well, at 23 weeks my cervical measurement was 2.5cm. I was so upset, crying in the ultrasound room. I was terrified that I was only half was through this pregnancy, and was experiencing cervical shortening. They referred me back to the specialist. A week later, at my ultrasound at MFM, it dropped again to 2.3 and the doctor told me it was very risky to have a cerclage placed at this point in my pregnancy(24weeks), so we opted OUT of that. He said that we could place a pessary in if it continued to shorten. He told me to come back in 3 days to check again since it seemed to be shortening pretty fast. It ended up being the same. I was placed on modified bedrest (but I put myself on almost full bedrest because I was scared). I was also given Progesterone suppositories that I inserted vaginally each night, 200mg) I went for weekly checks until I was 27 weeks. The measurements stayed at 2.3cm. I was told that at that point in my pregnancy, that I could be checked at 30 weeks, but that it wouldn't be necessary after that! I prayed that I would make it to 30 weeks!! Sure enough, I made it to 30..then 31.. then 32... My last cervical check was 2.0cm at 30 weeks. I started going on short walks around 32 weeks and steadily increased the walk time each week. It felt SO good to get out of the house! I kept that up, and the next thing you know... I'm 39 weeks pregnant! My water broke at 39w2d and I gave birth to a beautiful, healthy baby boy.
It was not the pregnancy I had hoped for. We did not get to travel home for the holidays, and I didn't get to have a fit pregnancy. Bed rest was the most depressing time. My husband and I didn't get along and with the stress of work AND me needing him to do everything for me, he was stressed. And all I can say is that it will pass. I made it to full term, when I was praying for just the 30 week mark... and without a cerclage or pessary! I hope for successful pregnancies for all of you.

<3 Taylor
« Last Edit: March 23, 2018 at 05:45 PM by TaylorH »
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Anish

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Re: Short Cervix Success Story
« Reply #1 on: March 23, 2018 at 06:34 PM »
Thank you Taylor for the encouragement, much appreciated😊 We all need to hear such stories of hope..

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Re: Short Cervix Success Story
« Reply #2 on: March 24, 2018 at 02:37 PM »
Thank you, Taylor! This is such a wonderful story and was much-needed! My cervix is dynamic too - mine hovered around 3cm for a while but is now up to 5.4cm! Crazy! Bed rest is certainly not a great time and when there is a long road ahead (I'm 19 weeks tomorrow), it can be overwhelming. Your story has given me a lot of hope.

Thanks also for mentioning the strain it put on your relationship. It alleviated some of my concerns. My husband is doing an amazing job but it is hard not to get annoyed and stressed with him. I thought I was just being a brat. He keeps coming home each night so he must love me enough to put up with the mood swings!

Congratulations on your little boy! Our realistic goal is 28 weeks so like you, I really hope we are surprised by week 30 and beyond! Enjoy your little one! :)