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    Default Incompetent cervix questions.

    Hi
    Not sure if this is the correct thread - I was just wondering if any of you lovely ladies had the misfortune of losing a baby due to an incompetent cervix causing a preterm delivery?

    And did you go on to have a healthy baby the second time?

    If you did, then what intervention was available for you?

    Sorry for all the questions, I should probably have asked these at the hospital but I was numb at the time.
    Thanks in advance, T.


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    Hey Tess, I was told that I may have an incompetent cervix due to having a few operations to remove abnormal cells.

    The Ob told me that if it was incompetent, I would have lost my baby at 14 weeks.

    They can put a stitch into your cervix to try and hold things together. Aleida has one, and so did Bec G, so I hope they can come and help you with more info too.

    Still thinking of you sweetheart :hugs:

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    Hi Tess,
    As Danni said I had a stitch put in with my 3rd pregnacy after losing 2 babys 17 -20 weeks.
    It took another opinion from a high risk specialist even though my second pregnancy they knew my cervix wasnt great, and monitored me thru but it was the difference between Monday it was fine Tuesday night my waters had broken...I did manage to keep her in for another 2 weeks with my head tilted to the floor and antibotics but it wasnt sucessful so with my 3rd pregnancy it was decided to have a cerledge.
    As far as intervention I didnt see my obst till 10 weeks then he scheduled me for surgery at 13 weeks. I had to have an ultrasound done the morning of to confirm that she was still viable and the cervix was ok to stitch.
    General anaesetic had the option of spinal block surgery was fine no pain alittle bleeding post but that all settled down 4 days. I stayed in bed overnight at hospital and then went to my parents for a week and then moved back home to DH. I finished work then mind you I was pananoid and did bedrest till 35 weeks. I had ultrasounds alot...sometimes weekly sometimes forntightly just to check the cervix wasnt shortening. Prev had shortened to 1.6cm it stayed above 5cm witht the stitch in
    I elected a c-sect the vivid painful memories from the previous births was too much and I had to get to the hospital over 1 hr away.
    My obst rules were:
    Stickly no intimate contact nothing Good for me not so great for DH
    No straining with no 2's
    No lifting anything!
    There are stitches and there are GOOD stitches
    I look back now I got to experience everything with this pregnancy from every kick to a hickups they was never a moment I thought I wish she would stop.
    I wish you all the best Tess..find someone who does it often rather than just an obst pref a multiples doctor as it is usually more common in those pregnancys...and as for the sucess!
    She is asleep in her room awaiting her second birthday next week
    Bec
    I'm sorry for you loss of Thomas it is just not fair to lose them this late
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    Danni - thank you for your kind words. Hope all is going well with you - not long now till you get your lovely baby in your arms. I think of you all everyday honey but find it so hard to post to you all. Take care.

    Bec G - thank you so much for your advice and sharing your experiences. I am so sorry you lost two babies before they did anything for you. I have spoken to a high risk specialist (Canberra Fetal Medicine Unit) and it was his opinion that an incompetent cervix was probably the cause this time as there was nothing else to go on. He mentioned very close monitoring of the cervix and bedrest but did not mention a stitch - maybe I will speak to him before we TTC again. I am not sure I would have the courage to try a third time. Thank you again it has really helped me feel more positive about things.

    T.

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    Tess, you are more than welcome and we miss you dearly. Please feel free to email me any time: [email protected]

    And you are more than welcome to pop into our thread whenever you like, although we know how difficult it must be for you :hugs:

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    Tess,
    I was told with my second the risk of infection over the risk of monitoring was too much to consider, well I am sure given it another time I would choose stitch everytime.
    Stitches put in before it becomes an emergency situation are more sucessful than those done whilst the cervix is shortening.
    Have a plan before you TTC, the hormones and the angel you have cause alot of stress on you. If it is all written down whilst you had time to digest it, it makes it easier
    Bec

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    Hi Tess,

    I am so sorry to hear about your loss. Losing a baby is such a traumatic thing to have to go through so I hope that you will have your next baby in your arms soon.

    I lost twin girls in 2005 due to an incompetent cervix. I was 22 weeks pregnant and had no idea that what happened was going to happen. It was a long road but we are now nearly 35 weeks and waiting for our little man to be born.

    At 14 weeks I had a cerclage put in and for a couple of weeks I had to take it very easy. I quit work as I was always on my feet. I was given antibiotics to prevent an infection when the stitch was first put in. When I got past the 30 week mark I was able to be more mobile, I was never on complete bed rest so I still had a life but I had to make sure that I wasn't on my feet for extended periods. Although it has been hard at times you are willing to do anything to bring your baby home and I wouldn't change a thing.

    We are nearly there which is very exciting. I will have the stitch taken out in a week and a half and I could potentially go into labour soon after so we'll see. At 26 weeks I was given 2 steroid shots 24 hours apart to mature the lungs of the baby just in case I were to go in early labour which obviously wasn't needed but it was a precaution.

    I hope that you find the answers you need. The stitch has done wonders for hubby and myself, I couldn't have gone through another loss.

    Good luck with everything and I hope to hear good news soon. There are wonderful ladies here that will support you all the way through.

    Love Linda

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    Linda, so great to hear from you and so great to hear you're having a boy too

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    Thank you again so much - we were advised against TTC for at least 6mths. So we will not be 'actively' trying again until about August time. The doctor at the hospital told us that as soon as we are pregnant I should see him immediately for tests and things. He did not mention a stitch but only careful monitoring but I will definately have all my questions written down for him.

    Thanks again - good luck in a couple of weeks Linda - I will be thinking of you.
    Take care, T.

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