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Chrissy

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If you are reading this I'm guessing you were like me, terrified, confused alone and wondering how to keep your baby safe.   You are NOT alone!  Join the keepemcookin chat at 2pm CST every Tuesday.  Find a community and look #incomepetentcervix up on FB. 

I found out I had scarring on my cervix that was causing funneling and a short cervix at 22 weeks.  I went in at 20 weeks and was 2.7 cm so the doctors scheduled a follow up for 2 weeks later.  At 22 weeks my cervix had shortened to 1.1 cm which the doctor said was 80% effaced, and I was too far along for cerclage.  A cerclage would have been to risky due to membranes in the funneling.  I panicked and cried and went to this forum and a few others. 

The doctor had me on strict bed rest and crinone for the remainder of my pregnancy up until 36 weeks.  I got up for the bathroom and to shower.  SBR is no joke.  I recommend buying everything you can on amazon - granola bars (you'll need a backpack full of them), water bottles (you will not get up to refill your water), nail clippers, pbj sandwiches, netflix (watch Parenthood if you haven't - lots of seasons and positive storyline), books, etc.  Recline on your car seat on the way to the doctor and elevate your pelivc bone to alleviate pelivic pressure whenever possible.  I put a pillow under me to elevate.  Try to keep your feet up. 


I did wish that I knew right away what shortened your cervix and what I should avoid.  So here is a list of things that do shorten your cervix-
 - Hot showers so take cold ones!
 - Walking and sitting upright so lay horizontal or at 45 degrees.  Purchase a bed rest pillow for back support.  There are a bunch on Amazon
 - Dates start uterus contraction so avoid those
 - Sex - sperm has prostaglandins in it which softens the cervix.  Sorry no sex until after you have a cute, adorable babe or 34-36 weeks
 - Anxiety - doesn't shorten your cervix but fear and anxiety can impact your baby so stay calm and stay positive.  Easier said then done, but listen to positive pregnancy podcasts and know that you can do this.  Other women have done it and you can too.

I had friends and family help out with meals and honestly heated up hot pockets and ate things that I could grab on way back from the bathroom and heat up in less than 5 minutes. 

4 months later I had my baby.  I made it to 41 weeks and 1 day and YOU CAN TOO!!  I was able to work from home every day which was  surprisingly great even though stressful, distraction.  It's so hard to be hopeful when you are so scared about your cervix, but know that this is the best thing for your baby.  You can do it.  You are strong and you are doing everything you can to protect that nugget.  Listen to meditiations on youtube, pray, listen to Parijat's calming presentation (she is on this website), read, and work if you can.  It's true that bed rest is basically two 12 hour days.  Split up your day if you can and know that every minute you are closer to a healthier baby. 

Best of luck and prayers to everyone on bed rest.  You can do it!  Just stay still and keep that baby cooking.  You are going to be an amazing mom!!
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Gethaline

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Re: 1.1 cm at 22 weeks - made it to 41 weeks with SBR and crinone
« Reply #1 on: April 24, 2018 at 03:56 PM »
THANK YOU for this post x  I am having mono/di twin boys and my cevix went from 4cm to 2cm to 1 cm in 3 weeks.  I am 25 weeks today and holding at 1cm, cervix soft but closed and terrified.  Had a negative FFN last week which will be redone at 26 weeks.  If that is negative am hoping to get to 28 and then with meds maybe the 30s where neurological outcomes get so much better.
I am on modified bed rest but havent been out or up really in weeks my body aches from laying sideways.  only leave house for weekly appointments...this post is so reassuring thank you.  There is hope xxx

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Re: 1.1 cm at 22 weeks - made it to 41 weeks with SBR and crinone
« Reply #2 on: April 26, 2018 at 01:42 AM »
Thankyou for sharing your success story! It's always good to hear from women who've made it to the other side. 41 weeks is amazing!!

I hadn't heard about hot showers being a problem for cervical length,  was this something your dr had recommended against?

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Re: 1.1 cm at 22 weeks - made it to 41 weeks with SBR and crinone
« Reply #3 on: April 26, 2018 at 11:35 AM »
Thanks for posting your success story! Amazing! Has there been any study regarding hot showers causing the cervix to shorten? Or did your OB recommend against them? Thanks for the additional info.

Chrissy

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Re: 1.1 cm at 22 weeks - made it to 41 weeks with SBR and crinone
« Reply #4 on: May 14, 2018 at 10:05 PM »
Thankyou for sharing your success story! It's always good to hear from women who've made it to the other side. 41 weeks is amazing!!

I hadn't heard about hot showers being a problem for cervical length,  was this something your dr had recommended against?

Happy to share!  Hot showers can cause your body to relax and contractions can start in the uterus.  Just something I decided to avoid since I was high-risk and a contraction could lead to labor, and labor could be shorter with a short cervix...In my case I was over 80% effaced at 22 weeks  with a 1.1 cm cervix so anything that would make me emotionally relax like a hot shower I avoided.  It's not that hot showers will cause contractions, but they might and it's a risk that you can avoid by taking a cool one. 

Good luck!!  You can do it!