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esokatz

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A Good Story
« on: February 27, 2019 at 04:03 AM »
Hello All,

I have been planning to write this for a while now, because I recall how much these stories meant to me when I was at my lowest, and I think that some form of "optimism" is definitely called for in all of our cases ...

I lost my son last year at seventeen/eighteen weeks due to PPROM. We didn't know why my sac ruptured, but it was devastating and, because it was my first pregnancy, it haunted my hopes for future pregnancies. This summer, I discovered I was pregnant again and went about finding a committed OBGYN to monitor this pregnancy. At eighteen weeks and some days, I felt something was "off" — it was a combination of instinct and the very physical feeling of pelvic pressure — and my doctor saw me for an emergency ultrasound screening where we discovered that I had a funneling cervix ,and that my functional cervical length was somewhere around 7 mm. I had a cerclage done the week after and spent the rest of my pregnancy on bed rest, counting each week as it passed. At 23 weeks, I was admitted to the hospital again and given steroids to help develop the baby's lungs, as the cerclage procedure seemed to have irritated my uterus and shortened the cervix to 9 mm (from 25 after the procedure). All in all, very stressful time and very difficult to process psychologically and emotionally.
I am now (today!) 36 weeks pregnant and will have the cerclage removed next week at term. My cervix stayed stable between 9 - 11 mm for almost 13 weeks. I really didn't want to allow myself to believe that this was possible at 23 weeks ... or even at 30 or 32 weeks ... but an outcome like this IS possible. I've been mobile since about 34 weeks and am finally beginning to feel like my "normal" self.

Ladies, I know how hard all of this is ... the bedrest, the isolation, the stress, the worrying, but I wanted to share my story just to give you a sense that a positive outcome is also possible.

I wish all of you the very best for your pregnancies.

Gracie_mummy

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Re: A Good Story
« Reply #1 on: March 01, 2019 at 12:49 PM »
Thank you for your positive story and well done on reaching 36 weeks! It’s so comforting to read stories like these. Can you let me know why you went back to hospital at 23 weeks? I don’t have a further checkup until 24 weeks but I Hope everything is still ok.

esokatz

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Re: A Good Story
« Reply #2 on: March 02, 2019 at 03:24 AM »
Hello Gracie_Mummy. I was admitted back at 23 weeks, because my doctor wanted to take every precaution in the event that she were to arrive early, but also because the cerclage procedure seems to have irritated my uterus and caused me to have Braxton Hicks contractions that shortened my cervical length. When I went in for the cerclage at 18 weeks, my functional cervical length was 7 mm. After the procedure, I was at 25 mm and I shortened down to 7 mm again at 23 weeks. I was on hospital bedrest for a week in the hospital on tocolytics, which seem to have calmed my uterus enough that I didn't get Braxton Hicks contractions (still don't have any!) after I was released at 24 weeks.

I hope that you have a calm and happy pregnancy and carry to term. I am very happy that my story helped. I am looking forward to getting the stitches removed in four days!!

Camellia1117

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« Reply #3 on: March 11, 2019 at 12:33 PM »
Hello my name is Camellia. This is my first day in the forum. Blessings to all of you! I am currently 19 weeks +5 days as of today. I just had a cerclage placed on 3/4, a week ago. This is my first pregnancy as well.

Esokatz — It seems that I’m experiencing what you have expressed. I started experiencing Braxton Hicks contractions on Friday 3/8. Very mild and sporadic. But it seems that the cerclage has irritated things. I’m drinking tons of water, staying in bed and emptying my bladder. They do subside of course. But just find it odd they started after the cerclage placement. While it is stated it’s normal to start feeling these during this stage in pregnancy. I have a doctors appointment with my high risk specialist today so I’ll express what I’m experiencing and see what she says. She will be checking up on my cervix and doing an ultrasound to see how I’m doing post cerclage.

But yes I had to respond when i saw your feedback as it seems to be the exact experience I’m having. I’m grateful for this forum because I don’t feel alone in this. Has me freaking out a bit which isn’t good considering the idea is NOT to stress. God bless!

esokatz

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Re: A Good Story
« Reply #4 on: March 11, 2019 at 03:24 PM »
Hi Camellia,
I definitely think that the procedure irritated my uterus and caused me to start having contractions between 20 and 23 weeks. Not all contractions have an effect on cervical length, so try and stay calm, but you may want to ask your doctor about the possibility of getting an infusion of tocolytics. I am convinced that the week that I spent between 23 and 24 weeks on the tocolytics helped calm everything down and keep me at a stable length.

And keep the faith! I had the cerclage removed last Wednesday at 37 weeks and am still pregnant.  :) :)

all best

Camellia1117

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« Reply #5 on: March 11, 2019 at 06:38 PM »
Thank you for your words of encouragement. I went to specialist and now she wants me admitted due to 99.1 temp, in combination with the Braxton Hicks contractions that started on Friday. She looked at cervix but said it wasn’t clear (she wasn’t my specialist as my specialist was on vacation today) but she checked my cervix physically and felt that it was still in place etc. she’s concerned due to baby’s elevated heart rate of my temp of possible infection. I’m so scared. Literally on my way to the hospital with my husband. I’m praying no infection is found near the baby, the fluid or placenta. This is so hard. Will have to be observed for at least overnight she stated. Please pray for me and the baby.

esokatz

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« Reply #6 on: March 13, 2019 at 04:42 AM »
I am sorry to hear that you have a fever and that baby's heartbeat is elevated. Hoping you pull through.