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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!


Kelly1814 Tue 16-Sep-14 06:59:17

38 weeks is amazing. My planned section was so lovely and calm, I'm so glad I did it. I'm so excited for you!

TaytoCrisp Tue 16-Sep-14 06:33:30

Hi all. Hope you are keeping well amum.

38 weeks tomorrow! Can hardly believe it. Due for planned section in 8 days (wk 39). Hoping for no major action til then....though I'm feeling quiet ready. Hospital not far away if we need to get there quickly!!

Kelly1814 Mon 15-Sep-14 16:28:53

Sorry, and amuminwaiting, well done too. So many names smile

Kelly1814 Mon 15-Sep-14 16:28:14

Hello everyone! This thread dropped off my watch list for some reason.

I'm so glad to come back and to see good news, Lawro congrats on your baby girl!

Tao and beetling well done, as the weeks go by you are getting closer and closer.

My stitch baby turns one tomorrow! I'll confess to feeling quite emotional. Not about her getting older, more all the memories of the fear and stress of the pregnancy have come rushing back.

I will never forget it, or the kind ladies on this thread who held my hand and literally got me through day by day. You are all marvellous people and I think it's fair to say we are all bloody brave and brilliant.

Onwards, short cervix club! I look forward to more positive updates. Stay strong everyone smile

aMuminwaiting Tue 02-Sep-14 08:21:20

Everything was fine and has remained fine so far (everything crossed). Have another consultation and scan tomorrow to check my cervical length. He said if all good he'll leave my suture in until 37-38 weeks, much longer than St Marys suggestion of 34 weeks. It makes sense that if it's working then why take the risk of removing it and having the baby early when I could have the possibility of going full term. My only worry on that is if I do still go into labour with it in place will they make as much of a hash job of removing it as last time?! I have very vivid nightmares about it. Can't believe I'm 23 weeks, never been this far before. How is everyone else doing?

PuppyProblems Mon 01-Sep-14 13:37:24

How did it go with the consultant muminwaiting? Everything ok now?

aMuminwaiting Mon 18-Aug-14 16:21:16

Just realised I wrote the stuff about stitch thread coming out on my own topic. Just to catch you up:
I had a shirodkar suture put in at St Marys at 14 weeks. Am now 20+4 and have lost some stitch thread when wiping over the past two days. I was told at my last clinic there that this may happen and there may be some spotting in the next week but nothing happened so I thought nothing of it. Then over the past few days there was the thread. The doctor who performed the suture never mentioned this and it was only mentioned in passing by this other doctor who checked me out at 17 weeks for concern about uterine pressure. I took the bits of thread to my midwife just for some reassurance but she said she had no idea and to talk to the consultant about it on Wednesday. I went to the hospital to get checked out for cramps and back pain and was looked at with a speculum. He didn't say anything about noticing thread coming out and it happened when I got home and went to the loo. Please tell me I'm worrying about nothing. I can't find anything about this online. Only a diagram of a shirodkar suture with stitched holding the band down in place.
Anyone else had this?
Seems to have all come out now. Fingers crossed all ok. Seeing the consultant Wednesday.

aMuminwaiting Mon 18-Aug-14 16:16:13

I'm ok. It all seems to have come out now and I was reassured it was just the thread used to hold the suture in place initially.

BeetlingAbout Mon 18-Aug-14 10:14:04

How are you getting on muminwaiting? I hope the anxiety isn't getting the better of you. Are you still feeling sore?

BeetlingAbout Mon 18-Aug-14 10:13:55

How are you getting on muminwaiting? I hope the anxiety isn't getting the better of you. Are you still feeling sore?

BeetlingAbout Mon 18-Aug-14 10:13:28

How are you getting on muminwaiting? I hope the anxiety isn't getting the better of you. Are you still feeling sore?

aMuminwaiting Fri 15-Aug-14 11:35:44

I had the shirodkar stitch but wan't told anything at all about a small stitch holding it in place until I saw a doctor at 17 weeks in a clinic when I felt pressure and she checked me with a speculum. As my midwife said today she would have thought they'd seen that it was coming out when I was checked with the speculum last night but nothing was mentioned. She said to mention it to the consultant next week. So much get to next Wednesday without freaking out!

BeetlingAbout Fri 15-Aug-14 08:56:45

muminwaiting, it's called an occlusion stitch. I have one too as well as the deeper macdonald. It's purpose is to seal the cervix to prevent bacteria from the vagina ascending up the cervix to the stitch and beyond.

However, I wasn't told to expect any thread loss and didn't experience this, so maybe you have something slightly different.

As for the pop above the bladder, sounds like a baby kick to me! I panic often after sudden, sharp kicks that my waters have broken, but everything is still fine so far (26+2).

aMuminwaiting Fri 15-Aug-14 06:24:09

When I went to St Marys at 17 weeks the doctor said that they'd put some stitches at the opening of my cervix (can't remember reason) as well as the actual suture deep inside and that in about a week I may have spotting and see the black bit of stitch but not to panic, that was all fine. Well that didn't happen so I forgot about it. Then for past two days (am 20 weeks now) had some mild cramps and backache as well as a weird pop sensation just above my bladder area so went to the hospital where they checked me over and said I was fine. In the early hours I went for a pee, wiped and there was this dark bit of very thin string like stuff with a knot in it. It looks like the same stuff as I pulled out of my navel after having exploratory surgery in January. Anyone els had this?

TaytoCrisp Wed 13-Aug-14 23:44:14

Great to hear that all is going well iola apart from the feeding frenzy!

lawro - many congrats on your little baby girl! That is fantastic news. I'm also aiming for stitch removal during a planned section at 39 weeks so it's great to know it has worked well for you and genevieve.

Hope you are doing ok amum. Do let us know..

33 weeks here which is fantastic. The aspirin, heparin, iron and stitch seem to be working. Very tired and can't wait to finish work (and move house!) in 2 weeks. But pleased to be this far. Just hope baby can stay put now til week 39.

Great to hear the good news stories girls!

Lawro Sun 10-Aug-14 11:15:33

Genevieve was born 11 days ago at 39 weeks after having an emergency stitch at 23+5. (last baby born at 24wks) Stitch was removed during a planned section. We are v grateful for a healthy little girl!! Phew!!!

Iolaway32 Sat 09-Aug-14 11:30:45

Amumin, how are you now? You must be 20+ Weeks?
Hope you are well and that everything went well on your scan.

Taytocrisp how you feeling that you made into the 30, s Weeks mark?
Well done hon and hope you enjoying the lovely summer and please keep us posted.
Yasmin is doing really well and been a proper demanding baby(been on my breasts all day and night) I said to my hubby that all I need is just a pair of trousers not to worry with a top because Yasmin will not let me even move from same spot.
Anyway take care and speak to you soon.xx

Iolaway32 Sat 09-Aug-14 11:19:23

Liezeljimenezbacag,how are you doing now?

Iam sure you will be fine,I just had my baby exactly 3 weeks ago at 37 Weeks pregnant and she was every ounce perfect, her wieght was 7lbs exactly.
I had a Macdonald Cerlage done at 22 Weeks pregnant when my cervix only measured 4mm. It was the most difficult time and very long 15 Weeks ahead but it was a saver the cerlage without it my baby would be born very early or miscarriage. My consultant removed my stitches at 36 Weeks and she was born 8 days later.
I totally aggree with you when people have a completely free pregnancy and we have to go through all this. Hope everything goes well for you.

liezeljimenezbacag Wed 30-Jul-14 08:45:41

I'm jealous to those woman who don't have problem during their pregnancy. I even felt pity about myself.

liezeljimenezbacag Wed 30-Jul-14 07:01:07

I am 12 weeks pregnant, diagnosed of having IC. My cervix measured 19mm. Dr. advised to have a cerclage 3 weeks after. I lost my baby last year due to cervical incompetence. I was put to bed rest last week because I was dilating. Now I'm back to work. But, plan to have an early leave. Hope things get better for I don't want to loseanother baby.

Iolaway32 Sun 27-Jul-14 16:12:00

Thank you everyone for the lovely messages you been sending, I am feeling absolutely shattered with sleep deprivation & visitors,although we nicely said that we as a family would like to spend baby,s first Week just us as family and close relatives,last night only manage to get 3 hours all together of sleeping.
Anyway that is a small price to pay when you have a beautiful baby that thought would never happen.

Lawro,hope everything goes well with you C.section next week and just to say you done haver so well in holding the stitches since 23 Weeks to now 38+5 Weeks.

TaytoCrisp hope everything is going well and will keep checking any news on you and buba,it must be so exciting in getting closer and closer.

Amum,another week went and so near the 20 Weeks Scan and having your cervix measured,good things is each week that goes by shows that stitches are stronger and holding buba.

Pizdets Thu 24-Jul-14 18:38:01

Congrats Iolaway, wonderful news and a lovely name! So pleased it went ok for you and that your gorgeous little girl has arrived.

Good luck to everyone else, it feels like it's forever but so worth it in the end!

Kelly1814 Thu 24-Jul-14 18:17:54

So thrilled by your news iolaway! It is wonderful to see your journey and that you now have your beautiful baby. We get there eventually, even though we feel like we never will. Sending much love to you and your family.

Stay strong everyone.

Mum in waiting, I had incessant thrush whilst pregnant, the only thing that helps was taking probiotic tablets. The joys of pregnancy!

aMuminwaiting Mon 21-Jul-14 17:42:33

Congratulations Iolaway, wonderful news! Gives me hope.
Am 17 weeks today and feeling really uncomfortable. My lady bits are all puffed up and everything feels really sore and heavy. Saw my midwife Friday and the urine was clear but she took a swab to check for thrush. I've begged for a scan to check my cervix but they said they won't see me until 19-20 weeks which feels like an age away! Tried booking a private scan because they told me last month they can do cervical length checks but when I called to book she said they can't do that until 20 weeks. Urrrgghhhhhh.

TaytoCrisp Mon 21-Jul-14 00:17:55

I'm delighted to hear your news iola! That is just fantastic! Welcome Yasmin! 7lb is great at 37wks. Hope she is settling in and you are all adapting. Great to hear these good news stories! Xxxx

Hang in ther amum. I gt a couple of extra scans but never any cervix checks either... Not long to go til the big scan though. If you really feel anxious perhaps they will be understanding and offer you a scan sooner. 16weeks - time is flying by;-) (though I know it doesn't always feel like that).

Goodnight little shineycnew yasmin(;-)).

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