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The Short Cervix Club

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Pizdets Mon 10-Jun-13 19:25:31

Given the high number of threads started in 'pregnancy' on short/incompetent cervixes of late, I thought I'd have a crack at starting a club which we can join to share how we're getting on and pool the information we've been given which hopefully can also reassure or inform other ladies coming on here and worried about the state of their cervixes.

I'll kick off with a bit about my own story:

I'm currently 24+4, due 26th September. I had a scan at the prem clinic at Queen Charlotte's in London who measured my cervix as 2.3/2.4cm and advised a stitch (they do this for anyone who measures under 2.5cm). I had the stitch put in at 15 weeks with a spinal block and so far so good - I'm walking the dog, doing pregnancy yoga, still fairly active and no problems or twinges at all (so far!).

Please feel free to share your experiences, ask questions or update, it's great to hear from other people going through the same worry and so reassuring to know if things are going well!


mauritia Sat 26-Sep-15 17:22:02

Hi Kelly1804,

I am not sure if you are still receiving the answers to your post, but I have almost exactly the same condition you described about your cervix. Now in week 16, half a cerclage done at week 12 (cervix was only .5 then, now on 3.1cm) and forbidden any activities. I would be curious how your story went? Did everything go well? Ah, and I have twins!

Charlotteeee Fri 14-Aug-15 17:22:22

I'm so sorry to hear of your losses and what you are currently going through. I am sending you loads of positive thoughts and hang in there.
If it helps I've read lots of positive stories of people in a similar situation and the stitch has held for them. You are in the best place so stay strong.

How do I find the other more current threads? This is all new to me so I can't seem to find them easily. X

Itscurtainsforyou Fri 14-Aug-15 12:52:32

I've also been posting on the other board.
I lost twins a couple of years ago at 22w+5 and 22w+6. At the time they said it was because they were twins (more weight/pressure etc) and my cervix couldn't cope. I already had a little boy who was 2-3 at the time (no similar problems with him).

I'm now pregnant again, they put in a stitch at 15w as my cervix was shortening. A scan last week showed that my cervix had funnelled down to the stitch and I'm now 2cm dilated. The stitch is the only thing holding the baby inside.

Since the scan I've been on hospital bedrest, only getting up to go to the loo. I'm currently 22w+4 and desperate to get past the weekend and past the gestation of my twins.

I can feel the stitch pulling and have had some spotting. I'm just hoping that lying at a tilt will take the pressure off my cervix and buy me a bit more time.

Charlotteeee Fri 14-Aug-15 11:14:11

Hi Pizdets,
Thanks for your message- I will definitely check out the more current boards as I feel like this is definitely helping. Just reading other peoples stories and knowing I'm not alone is a great help. Its so nice to hear success stories. All this is very new to me and I found this thread whilst googling and felt I needed to get in touch with others as it seems so many people have taken comfort in chatting to others in a similar situation.

April, I definitely know what you mean about getting to the stage where my son was born last time- I have nearly 5 weeks to go so just counting down the days, and then each day after will be a blessing- As you said, its knowing the stitch is doing its job.

I have definitely embraced my new status as couch potato, thanks for sharing your blog- I will be sure to check it out.
Would love to stay in touch xxx

Pizdets Thu 13-Aug-15 20:31:50

Hi charlotte this has dropped off my threads but just spotted you've been chatting to april. I started this thread over 2 years ago and am now pregnant again and 27 weeks. I had a stitch again at 14 weeks and so far so good.

So sorry to hear about your loss, so many stories of heartbreak on here and it doesn't make subsequent pregnancies any easier. Sounds like things are going well for you and you're a bit more in control this time.

There's a more current short cervix conversation going on in the pregnancy boards I think with a few people going through the same thing (which is where I've spoken to April before) if you want more reading/people to talk to.


April1984 Wed 12-Aug-15 19:38:23

No problem. I'm always around (not doing much generally so the Internet is my link to the world!). I totally understand your anxiety. I have and continue to feel the same. The hardest part of dealing with the recent loss of my son too has been the fact that however hard they try. Friends and family just can't understand. I think they feel I'm ok now in pregnant again. This is why these groups are great.

I wish I could give you an easy way to get through it but after a loss it's always going to be hard. My biggest milestone was passing the date i had my son. Psychologically this gave me a little bit of confidence in the stitch. Then I tried to just look at small targets and to try hard to celebrate the milestones as they came(-easier said than done!). I have a blog I've being doing which has some bed rest tips on. Here it is http://mum-blings.com/front-page/photos/top-5-things-to-do-whilst-on-bed-rest/ if you're interested! Keep in touch. X

Charlotteeee Wed 12-Aug-15 18:41:02

Hi April1984 - thanks for replying to me! I too am so sorry about your loss. It's lovely to hear from someone who understands the situation.
I find it so hard not knowing how this pregnancy is going to turn out and I feel like I have so far to go before I'm out of the woods. I too have put myself on modified best rest and I have been told by the consultant no sex, swimming, heavy lifting etc. I'm doing everything I can. I'm being really well looked after by the hospital and I've just got to hope for the best.
Good luck to you and I wish you all the best x

April1984 Wed 12-Aug-15 18:13:43

Sorry I'm on my phone, I didn't see the part where you said you'd had a stitch too. You therefore have a v similar treatment strategy to me. I'm currently 28 weeks (another boy) . All ok so far. I put myself on modified bed rest, eg no excercise, sex, baths, swimming etc. but it hasn't been formally advised - I just felt I had to do this and luckily my circumstances permitted this as I'm still on maternity leave from my first son. You sounds like you are doing very well. Feel free to ask lots of questions, there are lots of people in this group who have been through this, some for the second time with a stitch.

April1984 Wed 12-Aug-15 18:09:21

Hi Charllotte

I am sorry for your loss. I have a very similar story. I lost our first boy in December at 24+5 after going to a routine appt days before to find out I was 3cm dilated. I had an emergency stitch but it failed 3 days later. Our little boy did amazingly well but died after an infection after 12 days in the NICU.

I find it afterwards I had a short cervix. It was measured when I wasn't pregnant after my loss and it was around 2.2-2.5 cm.

Do you know how short your cervix is? My only advice is get a second opinion. I got 5 separate opinions when I got pregnant again and it was helpful tho they all said different things! I ended up getting a stitch at 12 weeks. Also on progesterone. Is it a specialist you are seeing. Sadly you often have to be quite pushy with doctors x

Charlotteeee Tue 11-Aug-15 11:27:41

Hi ladies, just wondering if there is anyone out there going through pregnancy at the moment with a short cervix? I've read nearly all the posts on this thread and have taken such comfort in the success stories and wondered if there is anyone out there going through this currently?
This is my 2nd pregnancy- my baby boy arrived last October after a 1 week stay in hospital at 24+1 due to an IC but he died shortly after he was born. I knew I had this problem almost from the start of my pregnancy due to LLETZ treatment I had in 2010 but the decision was made by doctors to not do a stitch, but I was having scans to check the length of my cervix. I started dilating at 23 weeks and was put on hospital bed rest.
I am now 18 weeks pregnant with another boy and I've had a stitch in since 12 weeks and in 200mg progesterone pessaries each night and I'm so worried about what will happen this time. I'm not working so just staying rested on the sofa. Having scans every 2 weeks and all I know is that my cervix is "very short" - I was too scared to ask about measurements at my last scan as I didn't want to know.
If anyone is out there would be great to hear from you xxx

Jellybean81 Tue 28-Jul-15 11:15:32

I was the lady with the 4mm cervix at 25weeks, drs were certain baby would come early to the point they wanted me to tour my local NICU so I wouldn't be shocked by the wires and machines. It was too late for a stitch so I was given 200mg progesterone once a day and told to 'take it easy', but stay within 10mins of hospital. I did my own research and took the decision to go on bed/couch rest. I did this for 10 weeks and baby arrived at 39.3weeks safe and sound after an idyllic water labour and birth. Defying all our drs and midwives expectations one Dr said at 36 weeks "if you'd asked me your odds of delivering before 34 weeks I'd have said 100%"

I hope that isn't too gloaty but I wanted to post this as I remember how scared I was and I couldn't find anyone that had a cervix as short as mine so early on and it is a happy ending so don't lose faith

applecore0317 Tue 28-Jul-15 10:08:31

Should have updated before, after having steroid injections at 24 weeks. Being signed off work at 32 weeks and using three x 400mg cyclogest progesterone pessaries a day from 24 weeks I ended up getting to 40+5 and delivering a beautiful baby girl smile

The progesterone pessaries and bed rest more than did their job.

Pizdets Sat 04-Jul-15 17:35:08

beetleandbug gosh sounds like you did brilliantly! Huge congratulations on the birth of your son, hope you are all settling well at home!

xigxag sorry to hear about all your stress. I haven't been told to take it easy this time either although I think it's natural to do so.

21 weeks here and I had a bit of bleeding a couple of weeks ago which I had checked and was deemed to be fine. 20 week scan last week was all good - just counting down now. As long as all goes well this will be my last pregnancy - I will be very pleased not to have to do this again!!

Beetleandbug Sat 04-Jul-15 17:26:13

Just wanted to drop back in to update. I had a planned cervical and occlusion stitch placed at 13 weeks after my waters broke at 18 weeks in a previous pregnancy. I managed to get to 30 weeks this time before my waters broke again. The stitch was removed but I didn't go into labour or dilate and had to be induced at 34 weeks. Our bouncing baby boy arrived strong and healthy despite being early and was home within the week.

They still don't know why my waters have broken twice but it seems although I had a short cervix, it wasn't the catalyst. I did put myself on modified bed rest after my waters broke and took it very easy from 14 weeks onwards.

Good luck to all the ladies holding on!

xixag15 Tue 16-Jun-15 16:26:21

Hello everybody, Im from Boston, Ma. I have 2 children 14 yrs old and 8 yrs old. In 2013 I had an abortion when I was 1 month and in 2014 I had a miscarriage when I was 6 week pregnant and on the date of my ultrasound when I was 12 week, the found out the fetus stop breathing at 6 week. Now I'm pregnant again 22 weeks my dd is Oct 2015 a baby boy, 2 week ago I was feeling a terrible pressure in my cervix I knew something wasn't right last week I had an ultrasound and the baby is doing great moving a lot, I told the nurse about the cervix and the pressure, she checked they found out my cervix is 1.5cm short, I was send to my Dr. he told me he is not worried about it because I had two full pregnancy and he doesn't know if this is normal for me anyway he prescribed me progesterone 200mg every night I have to put a supositorio in my vagina, I have an appointment this week to check my cervix. What really concerns me is that my Dr. didn't told me to slow down, bed rest or nothing but I been reading a lot of about this since I found out and it seen 1.5 cm is high risk I don't know if I should put myself in bed rest until my appointment.

Pizdets Wed 22-Apr-15 13:37:45

Dewdrop I just saw this. So sorry to hear your news. Getting and staying pregnant sucks big time, it's thepst horrible thing. Sending loads of love and hope you'll be back and worrying about your cervix again soon. Take care of yourself

Dewdrop2015 Sun 19-Apr-15 20:51:25

Hi pizdets thanks for asking it wasn't so good, I half expected it due to not feeling pregnant for the last 2 weeks. I wish you and everyone else well with your pregnancy.

Pizdets Sat 18-Apr-15 09:58:30

dewdrop how did the scan go? I think having an older child must be great, she will be able to help you out. DS is indeed adorable jellybean but he's quite clingy and gets jealous so I if things go ok with the pregnancy he's in for a bit of a shock! I had hoped his dog and cat brothers would teach him about sharing but he totally rules them, poor sods! He's been ill over the last few weeks which hasn't helped and is even more clingy than usual.

Hi Delice, sorry to hear you've ha a hard time too. Will you be able to come off bed rest of your cervix continues to look good?

Dewdrop2015 Thu 16-Apr-15 22:44:50

Thanks jellybean, my first baby is no longer a baby at almost 5! I did have an op when she was 2 which meant I couldn't lift her for a few weeks which was really hard. Wow delice, 20 weeks bedrest! Guess the end is almost in sight for you. When do they take the stitch out, how was it having it put in?

Jellybean81 Thu 16-Apr-15 21:11:26

Fingers and toes crossed for you tomorrow Dewdrop.

Pizdets and Dewdrop really sorry to hear about your losses, it's such an awful thing to go through.

From what I've read the earlier the stitch the better as the uterus is still quite high so it's a bit safer. My consultant's criteria for a stitch was less than 22 weeks and cervix opening so by the time they thought it necessary it was too late to be an option.

Pizdets, your little one sounds adorable!

My OH is an only child and MIL has been mostly great but every now and again comes up with some interesting statements!

I'll check out Amazon for Patchwork kits.

Hello Delice, I'm on bed rest as well (week 4). Are you at home? what're you doing to keep yourself entertained?

Delice Thu 16-Apr-15 18:38:41

was devastating! My second pregnancy the Doctors watched me weekly to see if they could see a problem before it got out of hand which they were able to see my cervix shorten around the same time as with my first pregnancy. And that is when I had the Cervical Cerclage put in (17w)My doctor took me off work for the remaining of my pregnancy(I'm now almost 20w on bed rest) I saw my dc yesterday and my cerivx is longer now than 2 weeks ago from 22mm up 32mm x

Pizdets Thu 16-Apr-15 14:19:21

Oh wow jellybean I would have slapped my mother in law if she said that! As the mother of a boy I am taking a lot of notes from my MIL about what NOT to say to one's daughter in law! Have you ever done patchwork? You can stitch by hand and make a little blanket for the baby. Sounds like you're taking it a week at a time which is good, fingers crossed for you that you're posting here about how bored you are for another good few weeks!

Dewdrop how old is your first baby? DS is 18 months and just gorgeous but a very cuddly baby and wants to bounce on me and be carried around a lot - it's going to be hard to do that less once the stitch goes in.

Having had the stitch last time I would say it's not that much of a big deal but having it for the first time was definitely very daunting, not least because we'd lost the previous baby only 6 months or so before, so it all seemed very vivid. Totally understand why you'd be um-ing and ah-ing about it!

Dewdrop2015 Thu 16-Apr-15 13:29:24

I think we were writing at the same time! funny about your MIL, since when did bedrest include getting up and going for walk!! At least I was in hospital, they wouldn't even let me off the ward to go to the shop/cafe unless I was in a wheelchair. You never know about you being busy, it could just have easily happened if you hadnt been rushing around I'm sure.
I was the same about buying stuff although I did spend hours reading reviews of buggys, car seats, slings etc etc so when I did eventually buy them I would have the perfect one! Although I don't think that really exists! Have you read the posts on short cervix and pregnant again under pregnancy chat might find some info there too

Dewdrop2015 Thu 16-Apr-15 13:15:45

Thanks pizdets and congrats. I'm also 10 weeks today, not feeling very pregnant though which im hoping isn't a bad sign. I'm having an ealy Scan tomorrow so will find out then if things going ok. If it is then I see the consultant next week. They gave me a choice about having a stitch last time last time (had and early mc though). In my case, as I've never had a late pregnancy loss due to my cervix they aren't sure if my cervix would hold out or maybe is naturally short and maybe strong and not in competent. (Hate that word, sounds like I'm not really trying hard enough!). I don't fancy really testing it though, it sounds to me like having a stitch isn't that much of s big deal and risk of problems very low. Another thing they've asked me to do is have swabs taken for infection like strep b and BV as if you have this and then thr stitch is put in it can cause problems.
And agree box sets def the way to go! I also had plans to learn a new language but could never quite get my brain in gear to do it, I just wanted to escape if you like into books and tv to to take my mind off it all! It was definitely worth it though, have to keep your mind on the end goal!

Jellybean81 Thu 16-Apr-15 13:05:34

I love to hear all the positive stories, so encouraging. smile Right now my goal is the next two weeks - I can't even imagine hitting 40!

I'm finding the bed/couch rest quite difficult tbh. I'm usually a very active person and I think my cervix issue was probably my body saying slow down. The length went from 28mm to 4mm in two weeks, those were two very busy weeks - I'd travelled to Bristol for meetings and as part of my training to be a reflexologist I was giving treatments 4 evenings a week.

Even though it's hard and depressing doing nothing I'm trying to be good. I've finally made my MIL stop encouraging me to 'just get up and go for a walk'. Work have been really flexible and I'm working from home until I start mat leave.

Lol about the knitting - I tried and have made a pair of booties that don't match and started a hat that could probably fit me. Still figuring out how to fill my days, catchup TV is great and i try to have at least a couple friends pop over each week. I'm looking forward to shopping but my OH is very superstitious so buying stuff for newborn is out.

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