I had a colposcopy years ago, but it shorten my cervix, it's just under average, which I think is 3cm, but they checked me over and said I'm low risk, and I went on to have baby at 38 weeks, all went well, baby was there within 8 hrs of the very first signs that's she was on her way I wouldn't worry at all, if they we're concerned, they would of suggested a stitch to hold baby in Hope all is well otherwise
My situation is a bit different as I was being monitored closely in this pregnancy due to two previous late loses. I was scanned every two weeks until i was finally found to be 1.4cm, an emergency stitch was put in a few hours later, I was 20 weeks. I went back up to 3.75 after the stitch only to go all the way back to 1.4cm 6 days later at 21 weeks. I'm now almost 30 weeks.
I don't want to frighten you but trust me they don't give out stitches easy hence me loosing my 2nd baby at 19 weeks and even then they still wouldn't give me a preventitive stitch. So by that I would say don't just blindly trust the Drs it's great you have no funnelling or bulging so your situation sounds good for now. Are they doing a transvaginal scan every two weeks at fetal med? If not kick up hell until they do.
My doctors were fantastic with me, even after checking me up, and re-assuring me that I was low risk, they still offered the stitch if I wanted, i decided against can't remember the reason but for sure kick up a stink if you feel unhappy with the care you're being given, but please don't stress, it ain't good for your bubba
Fatlegs sounds like you lucked out on the NHS lottery! My hospital with the first two was particularly crap but unfortunately not unusual. What I would say to others with these issues is research the hospitals surrounding you and choose one with the best fetal medicine (often they are city hospitals with NICU units and can take early preemies) not all hospitals are equal with their level of expertise and care vary greatly.
Hi, I'm 24 +3 now, had lletz treatment 14 months ago. My cervix measured at 3.1 three weeks ago and is now 2.4, no funelling
Haven't been offered a stitch, but have had steroid injections this week to help develop her lungs as a precaution and am having to use progesterone pessaries three times a day. I am seeing the consultant weekly at the moment for internal scans.
There is an American website called keepemcooking which has loads of positive stories for women in the same position
apple I do have a stitch but it's just about holding (I've shortened right to 1.3 where the stitch is and the baby is head down) I'm certain it's the progestrone that's keeping me pregnant right now. Along with strict bednest. I've been taking 400mg each night since 21 weeks.
hi littlebairn not sure why I haven't been offered the stitch, read somewhere that they don't normally do it once you have reached 24 weeks.., but am on 3 x 400mg progesterone a day. So maybe a higher dosage to avoid the stitch?
Yes they rarely do it that late in fear of rupturing the sac, introducing infection or just because it's difficult to actually put the stitch in. But the don't often offer a stitch for a first 'failure' even in their own literature from the Royal college of Obs it says statistically they want at least 2-3 failures.
My stitch was done at 20 weeks which is pretty late and the surgeon said it was one of the most difficult stitches she had ever done, it took almost 4 times as long as usual my DH started to worry I had died during surgery!
The 3x400mg is a brilliant dose! I don't know about you but I hate doing them, they have made my vagina feel really odd so you have my sympathy doing it 3x a day.
I was originally given 200mg but I then heard another patient complain she was originally on 400mg but been put down to 200mg and I realised I could get a higher dose and requested it. I remember being at 24 weeks like you are right now (admittedly it was only 6 weeks ago!) and how stressful it was waiting feeling like a ticking time bomb, so have hope if me and my cervix can get this far then you may also.
Are you doing bed rest? A lot of Drs don't really like recommending it but I feel it's made a huge difference to this pregnancy. Luckily my Dr is supportive I just need to inject each day and wear support stockings.
babybump I would phone you maternity assesement unit ASAP if it is your plug they will likely give you steroid injections to mature the babies lungs which need time to work and they will also check to make sure you aren't dilating so they can keep an eye on your infection levels. It might just we weird discharge but best to get checked over.
littlebairn thanks, all this is helping me not been advised to bed rest, next appointment on Wednesday so will see what they say. They just said no to gym and thay I could swim or walk, but that might change as I lost fluid on Friday and ended up down the hospital. They think its my hind waters but again didn't seem over concerned, so yes does feel like a ticking time bomb... just taking it one week at a time, glad you have made it so far!!