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DOES ANYBODY KNOW WHAT HAVING A SHORT CERVIX MEANS???

Posted by on Mar. 3, 2013 at 2:42 AM
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I'm 22 weeks & I went for an regular appointment on Wednesday an my doctor checked my cervix because an US said they suspect fluid leakage in my uterus (I didn't understand this and neither did my Dr, which I found strange) so she check to make sure it was close and she said it was but it is shorter than average. I do have to see a specialist next Wednesday for a follow up to check the suspected fluid leakage but will he also measure my cervix? Does or did anybody ever had or have this problem cause I really don't understand at all?

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Keda84
by Bronze Member on Mar. 3, 2013 at 3:37 AM
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LilliesValley
by on Mar. 3, 2013 at 7:25 AM
If your cervix is shortening it can compromise your pregnancy. I think the standard cervical length is 5 cm and if it gets around 3 then there is a risk that your mucus plug could come out or bacteria could get in. Normally the plug if the cervix is the right length then the baby is protected, fluid stays in, etc. I would try to stay on bed rest as much as possible because its not the best situation to be in. I'm surprised they are taking that long to get you in to a specialist. Mltn they will put in a cerclage which is a stich in your cervix and will help hold the baby in and keep the mucus plug in place.

I had a cerclage with dd and it wasn't a breeze by any means but it was better than the alternative. I have a compromised cervix so basically I start out where you are now. My cerclage actually popped twice and had to be redone. After the original I was put on bedrest for a week but after it popped twice (in one week) they redid it and put me on bedrest for a month.

I'm seven weeks now and should get my cerclage in for this pregnancy around 12-14 weeks.
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meam4444
by Emerald Member on Mar. 3, 2013 at 8:18 AM

 As your body preps for labor, the cervix shortens (and when baby is ready to come out...there would be none to shorten).  I had a short cervix my second pregnancy.  It wasn't discovered until I was around 33 weeks or so, and I was on bed rest until 36 weeks to avoid it shortening anymore.

I hope all will go well at your appt mama.  (hugs)

tashaluvanthony
by on Mar. 7, 2013 at 4:45 PM
Well my cervix is short but it's not that short that it needs to be watched. But there is fluid in my uterus and they wanna check again in two weeks to see if it's a little at a time or alot. Anyone have this???
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NoraDun
by Platinum Member on Mar. 7, 2013 at 5:07 PM

During early pregnancy your cervix is long and closed. Normally once you get close to deliver your cervix begins to shorten, thin and dilate. If you are on 22 wks and your cervix is thinning/shortning too early it could lead to premature delivery. But just because your cervix is short doesn't nessesarily mean you will deliver prematurally. They may conisder watching you close, or putting you on bed rest. Once it gets to a certainly length it will start to dilate and that is what they want to prevent. Good Luck Hun keep us posted!

tashaluvanthony
by on Mar. 7, 2013 at 8:23 PM
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Thanks for the information. I will keep everyone posted. I have another ultrasound check on the 21st.


Quoting NoraDun:

During early pregnancy your cervix is long and closed. Normally once you get close to deliver your cervix begins to shorten, thin and dilate. If you are on 22 wks and your cervix is thinning/shortning too early it could lead to premature delivery. But just because your cervix is short doesn't nessesarily mean you will deliver prematurally. They may conisder watching you close, or putting you on bed rest. Once it gets to a certainly length it will start to dilate and that is what they want to prevent. Good Luck Hun keep us posted!


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starpurple
by on Mar. 7, 2013 at 8:56 PM

That why im on bed rest right now. I have dr app in morning to see how its going.

tashaluvanthony
by on Mar. 7, 2013 at 10:40 PM
Let me know how your appointment goes. Hope everything works out...


Quoting starpurple:

That why im on bed rest right now. I have dr app in morning to see how its going.


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Pandapanda
by Cafe Panda on Mar. 7, 2013 at 10:41 PM
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Good luck! 

starpurple
by on Mar. 8, 2013 at 3:15 PM

I have be putting progesterone )how ever u spell that) in my cervix to stop or slow the shorting. Well today found out its working.

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