Cervical cerclage





Definition

A cervical cerclage is a minor surgical procedure in which the opening to the uterus (the cervix) is stitched closed in order to prevent a miscarriage or premature birth.


Purpose

Approximately 10% of pregnancies end in preterm delivery, defined as a delivery that occurs before week 37 of pregnancy (the average pregnancy lasts 40 weeks). Premature birth is a major cause of serious health problems in neonates (newborn babies), including respiratory distress, difficulty regulating body temperature, and infection. More than 85% of long-term disabilities in otherwise healthy babies and 75% of deaths among newborns occur as a result of preterm delivery.

A woman with an incompetent cervix is 3.3 times more likely to deliver prematurely. The cervix is the neck-shaped opening at the lower part of the uterus and is normally closed tight during pregnancy until the baby is ready to be delivered, at which point it expands (dilates) to roughly 4 in (10 cm) in diameter. An incompetent cervix is prone to dilating and/or effacing (shortening) prematurely during the second trimester. The growing fetus subsequently places too great a strain on the cervix, leading to miscarriage (loss before week 20 of pregnancy) or premature delivery (loss after week 20). Approximately 1% of women will be diagnosed with an incompetent cervix (one in 500–2,000 pregnancies). It is the cause of 25% of losses during the second trimester.

A doctor might recommend a cerclage be performed if a woman has one or more of the following risk factors:

  • a previous preterm delivery
  • previous trauma or surgery to the cervix
  • early rupture of membranes ("breaking water")
  • hormonal influences
  • abnormalities of the uterus or cervix
  • exposure as a fetus to diethylstilbestrol (DES), a synthetic hormone that was used in the mid-twentieth century to treat recurrent miscarriages

Demographics

Racial and socioeconomic factors influence a woman's risk of delivering prematurely: African-American women are at more risk (16–18%) than white women (7–9%); women under 18 and over 35 are also at greater risk. Less educated women are more likely to deliver prematurely. Smoking during pregnancy is associated with a 20–30% greater risk of delivering prematurely. Male fetuses are more likely to be born prematurely and have a higher rate of fetal death than female fetuses (a difference of 2.8–9.8%).


Description

Elective cervical cerclage is a minor surgical procedure that is generally performed between 12 and 14 weeks of pregnancy (at the beginning of the second trimester) before symptoms of premature labor begin. Emergent cerclages are those placed later in pregnancy when cervical changes have already begun.

The patient will usually receive regional (epidural or spinal) anesthesia during the procedure, although general anesthesia is sometimes used. Spinal anesthesia involves inserting a needle into a region between the vertebrae of the lower back and injecting numbing medications. An epidural is similar to a spinal except that a catheter is inserted so that numbing medications may be administered as needed. Some women experience a drop in blood pressure when a regional anesthetic is administered; this effect can be countered with fluids and/or medications.

While there are numerous techniques for performing cerclage, the McDonald and Shirodkar techniques are the most common. The McDonald cerclage involves stitching the cervix with a 0.2 in (5 mm) band of suture. The cerclage is placed high on the cervix when the lower part has already started to efface. The stitch is usually removed around week 37 of pregnancy. The classic Shirodkar procedure involves a permanent "purse-string" stitch around the cervix; because it will not be removed, a cesarean section will be necessary to deliver the baby. Most Shirodkar cerclages are now performed with a modified technique that allows the sutures to be later removed.

Some less common methods of cerclage include:

  • Hefner (or Wurm) cerclage (usually reserved for later in pregnancy when there is little cervix to work with)
  • abdominal cerclage (a permanent stitch performed through an abdominal incision instead of the vagina; reserved for when a vaginal cerclage has failed or is not possible)
  • Lash cerclage (a permanent stitch performed before pregnancy because of trauma to the cervix or an anatomical abnormality)

Diagnosis/Preparation

Diagnosis of an incompetent cervix is usually done by medical history and/or by examination (manually during a pelvic exam or using ultrasound technology). Some symptoms of an incompetent cervix used to decide if a cerclage is necessary are:

  • cervical dilation
  • shortening of the cervix
  • funneling of 25% or more (when the internal opening of the cervix has begun to dilate but the external opening remains closed)

Women who are more than 1.5 in (4 cm) dilated, who have already experienced rupture of membranes, or whose fetus has died are ineligible for cerclage.

Before the procedure may be performed, there are a number of preparatory steps that must be taken. A complete medical history will be taken. A cervical exam will be necessary to assess the state of the cervix; usually a transvaginal (through the vagina) ultrasound will be performed. No food or drink will be allowed after midnight before the day of surgery to avoid nausea and vomiting during and after the procedure. The patient will also be instructed to avoid sexual intercourse, tampons, and douches for 24 hours before the procedure. Before the procedure is performed, an intravenous (IV) catheter will be placed in order to administrate fluids and medications.


Aftercare

After the cerclage has been placed, the patient will be observed for at least several hours (sometimes overnight) to ensure that she does not go into premature labor. The patient will then be allowed to return home, but will be instructed to remain in bed or avoid physical activity for two to three days. Follow-up appointments will usually take place so that her doctor can monitor the cervix and stitch and watch for signs of premature labor.


Risks

While cerclage is generally a safe procedure, there are a number of potential complications that may arise during or after surgery. These include:

  • risks associated with regional or general anesthesia
  • premature labor
  • premature rupture of membranes
  • infection of the cervix
  • infection of the amniotic sac (chorioamnionitis)
  • cervical rupture (may occur if the stitch is not removed before onset of labor)
  • injury to the cervix or bladder
  • bleeding

Normal results

The success rate for cervical cerclage is approximately 80–90% for elective cerclages, and 40–60% for emergent cerclages. A cerclage is considered successful if labor and delivery is delayed to at least 37 weeks (full term).


Morbidity and mortality rates

Approximately 1–9% of women will experience premature labor after cerclage. The risk of chorioamnionitis is 1–7%, but increases to 30% if the cervix is dilated greater than 1.2 in (3 cm). The risks associated with premature delivery, however, are far greater. Babies born between 22 and 25 weeks of pregnancy are at significant risk of moderate to severe disabilities (46–56%) or death (approximately 10–30% survive at 22 weeks, increasing to 50% at 24 weeks, and 95% by 26 weeks).


Alternatives

Depending on her specific condition, a woman may have some alternative therapies available to her to avoid or delay premature labor. These include:

  • Bed rest. At least 20% of pregnant women in the United States have at least one week of bed rest prescribed to them at some point of their pregnancy. The idea of bed rest is to avoid putting unnecessary pressure on the cervix.
  • Tocolytics. These are drugs that are designed to stop or delay labor. Ritrodrine, terbutaline, and magnesium sulfate are some common tocolytics.
  • Antibiotics . Some infections are associated with a high risk of preterm labor (e.g., upper genital tract infection). Antibiotics may be successful in preventing preterm labor from occurring by treating the infection.

Resources

BOOKS

Enkin, Murray, et al. A Guide to Effective Care in Pregnancy and Childbirth, 3rd ed. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2000.


PERIODICALS

Goldenberg, Robert L. "The Management of Preterm Labor." Obstetrics & Gynecology 100, no. 5 (November 2002): 1020–37.

MacDonald, Hugh. "Perinatal Care at the Threshold of Viability." American Academy of Pediatrics 110, no. 5 (November 2002): 1024–7.

Matijevic, Ratko, Branka Olujic, Jasua Tumbri, and Asim Kurjak. "Cervical Incompetence: The Use of Selective and Emergency Cerclage." Journal of Perinatal Medicine 29 (2001): 31–5.

Weismiller, David G. "Preterm Labor." American Family Physician February 1, 1999: 593–604.


ORGANIZATIONS

American Academy of Family Physicians. 8880 Ward Parkway, Kansas City, MO 64114. (816) 333-9700. http://www.aafp.org .

American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology. 2915 Vine Street, Dallas, TX 75204. (214) 871-1619. http://www.abog.org .

American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. 409 12th St., SW, PO Box 96920, Washington, DC 20090-6920. http://www.acog.org .


OTHER

Bernstein, Peter S. "Controversies in Obstetrics: Cervical Cerclage." Third World Congress on Controversies in Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Infertility. 2002 [cited March 1, 2003]. http://www.medscape.com/viewprogram/1964 .

Pincock, Stephen. "Cervical Cerclage Associated with Good Pregnancy Outcome." Reuters Health. February 13, 2003 [cited March 1, 2003]. http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/449414 .

"Shortened Cervix in Second Trimester Possible Warning Sign for Premature Birth." National Institute of Child Health and Development. September 18, 2001 [cited March 1, 2003]. http://www.nichd.nih.gov/new/releases/cervix.cfm .

Starzyk, Kathryn A. and Carolyn M. Salafia. "A Perinatal Pathology View of Preterm Labor." Medscape Women's Health eJournal. 2000 [cited March 1, 2003]. http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/408936_1 .

Weiss, Robin Elise. "The Incompetent Cervix." [cited March 1, 2003.] http://pregnancy.about.com/library/weekly/aa011298.htm .


Stephanie Dionne Sherk

WHO PERFORMS THE PROCEDURE AND WHERE IS IT PERFORMED?


A cervical cerclage is generally performed in a hospital operating room by an obstetrician/gynecologist who specializes in the areas of women's general health, pregnancy, labor and childbirth, prenatal testing, and genetics. Anesthesia will be administered by an anesthesiologist.

QUESTIONS TO ASK THE DOCTOR


  • How many cerclages do you perform each year?
  • What is your rate of complications?
  • Why is cerclage recommended for my particular condition?
  • What are my options for anesthesia?
  • After the cerclage is placed, do I have to alter my day-to-day routine?
  • What alternatives to cerclage are available to me?


User Contributions:

Shelly
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May 9, 2006 @ 10:22 pm
If a hospital is known for it's infection rate, shouldn't this be a factor to consider when performing an emergent cerclage? Is a physician or ER department responsible for ensuring that the patient understands all of the risk involved in the procedure, thus enabling the patient to make alternate decisions, e.g., finding a specialist in the field independant of a particular hospital? Does undergoing the procedure and experiencing chorioamnionitis, having an emergency C section at 24 weeks, impede any later pregnancy's? I am close to a family going through much trama right now and understanding what has happened will help alleviate the pain they are experiencing.
jessie
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Aug 14, 2007 @ 1:01 am
hi. i have had 4 prem pregnancies. no.1 girl born at 23.4 wks, is 6 years old. no.2 boy born 22.4 weeks, died. no.3 boy born 24.2 weeks, now 2 years old (cervical cerclage) no.4 boy born 22 weeks, died ( cervical cerclage). i have abnormal uterus from birth. extremely weak cervix. have had operation to remove dividing septum. water breaks with no pain. cerclages have been removed while in labour. no damage done. i know thats not a lot of information but i was wondering if there is anything else that can be done? one of the stitches that is placed at the top of the cervix that isnt removed? would love any information available. i have had my tubes tied. thankyou. p.s i am 25, living in australia.
Angela
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Oct 24, 2007 @ 4:04 am
After cerclage surgery and two-three weeks of healing, is it still possible to have sex?
leyfin
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Nov 3, 2007 @ 9:09 am
I AM 37 I HAVE BEEN PREGNANT 7 TIMES I HAVE 1 15 YEAR OLD SON. I AM CURRENTLY 15 WEEKS PREGNANT AWIATING MY CERCLAGE. BEFORE THIS PREGNANCY I HAD A CERCLAGE AND AT 19 WEEKS MY MEMBRANE RUPTURED AND I WENT INTO PREMATURE LABOR. AT SOME POINT THE CERCLAGE WORKS AND IN OTHERS IT IS ALL BASED ON YOUR FAITH IN GOD.
ally
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Nov 22, 2007 @ 6:06 am
I am going in Monday to have my third cerclage. The first two were at 13 weeks and this one is at 15 weeks, which is making me super nervouse! My previous two (cerclage) pregnancies were successful and I delivered healthy 37 week babies, so I am a real advocate of the procedure.
Regina
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Nov 27, 2007 @ 1:01 am
My 1st pregnancy I was 4 months along & my water bag slipped through my cervix. The doctor tried to push my water bag back up & do the curclage but he punctured the water bag & I miscarried. 2nd time I was 6 months old, was seeing a different doctor than before, he was totally clueless about my condition & I went into premature labor. My little girl passed away the next day. 3rd pregnancy I miscarried at 3 months along. 4th pregnancy I changed doctors again, he was very experienced & new exactly what to do to help me & highly recommended having a cervical curclage. He referred us to a specialist also for a 2nd opinion & she recommended that we have the surgery done. So we did at 4 months, I carried my son full term & had to have a c-section 2 days before my due date. He weighed almost 10 lbs & was 21" long, as healthy as could be!!! So now I'm pregnant with my 6th pregnancy and my wonderful doctor has retired & now it's like starting all over again b/c the only doctor in town is the one that I was seeing the very 1st time I was pregnant. Maybe I should've given him a chance for the 2nd & 3rd pregnancies b/c he was trying to do the cerclage from the beginning, but it was too late the 1st time. I'd recommend anybody going through this, listen to your body, get lots of rest, no stress, don't worry about exercising, eat healthy, drink lots of purified water, and have faith in Jesus Christ!
Latisha
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Dec 10, 2007 @ 2:02 am
The first time i got pregnant, i was 17 and at 20wks i delivered a baby girl b/c my water bag dropped out. She died right after delivery. The doctor told me he had no idea why i had went into premature labor. My second pregnancy, I was 19 and delivered at 25wks, my son weighed 1 lb 9oz and was hospitalized for 3 1/2 months. He is now 15months old and is doing fine. The doctor (same dr.) repeated what he had said the first time, "I don't know why you delivered prematurely" I am pregnant now, and am seeing a different doctor. He and a specialist both recommended that i get a cervical cerclage b/c at the time of the transvaginal ultrasound my cervix was already opening. I am now 35 weeks and i get my cerclage removed next week. I thank the Lord God everyday for this doctor knowing exactly what to do.
maria
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Dec 28, 2007 @ 7:07 am
i have had a terrible history, at 18 delivered full term son now 5 years old, at 20 delivered baby girl at 27 weeks, she spent four months in intensive care, heart surgery, liver failure and came home on loads of meds. Now she is 21/2. At 21 had baby girl at 26 weeks, membranes ruptured. Told was at hosp i delivered at i should have had a cerclage. baby died aged 8 weeks old. this april i delivered a son at 32 weeks died during delivery as was breech and got stuck. pregnant again and relly want a cerclage, the last 2 times they werent done was cos i live in uk and the nhs is falling 2 bits. it has no money and refuses things like this 2 save cash. Its sooo wrong
Jessica
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Mar 3, 2008 @ 11:23 pm
Has anyone had a cervical cerclage placed and removed, yet dilated without any contractions after the cerclage was taken out? I am feeling tons of pressure on my cervix after having my cerclage removed last week. I have had intermittent contrations, but with my 1st daughter, I started dilating with no contractions due to my weak cervix. Has anyone had a similar experience? I am anxious and nervous!
Cornellious Chand
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May 12, 2008 @ 11:11 am
My wife is 27 years old & we have been married for 1 1/2 years approxmately. She is 17 weeks pregnant & her cervix length in Ultrasound is 3.8cm. We have been suggested by our doctor to have a shirodkar stitch becasue the cervix is short. We also took a second opinion from another doctor where the other doctor said that the cervix opening is closed & since it is my wife's first pregnancy there is no need for any shirodkar stitch. Please advise what should we do asap? I would be highly greatful. Thanks
Sylvia
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May 15, 2008 @ 12:12 pm
To the post above from May 12th at 11:11 am...... Not sure if you still need advise but if you do.....

I say go for it. I lost my baby at 22 weeks on the 12th at 10:54 AM. This was my first baby and my cervix started to dilate. Don't take any chances! The doctors might say it's not necessary but then if you do lose the baby they will say there was no way to tell.

All I have to say that I think any parent would go to the extreme to save their baby.

Next time I will.
jenileygonzalez
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Aug 21, 2008 @ 9:09 am
This article is very helpful for a person like me looking for this kind of information it answered all my questions and concerns, i think its wonderful. Thank you very much
jenileyg
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Aug 21, 2008 @ 10:10 am
My first pregnancy was a miscarrage i was 4 week pregnant, my 2nd pregnancy i was 20 weeks and went in to premature labor i gave birth to him may 19 2008 at 5.40pm the doctor told me i have an incompetent cervix so next time i get pregnant i need to have a cerclage put in at 13 weeks, Im planning on getting pregnant next year but im very nerves and scared, but i guess i have to give it a tried.
jenileygonzalez
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Aug 21, 2008 @ 10:10 am
This article is very helpful for a person like me looking for this kind of information it answered all my questions and concerns, i think its wonderful. Thank you very much
CLARISSA SALINAS
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Sep 13, 2008 @ 7:19 pm
LAST YEAR WHEN I WAS TWO DAYS SHY OF BECOMING 20 WEEKS PREGNANT WITH TWINS, I FOUND OUT I WAS IN LABOR. THEY SAID I COULD HAVE BEEN IN LABOR FOR THREE DAYS AND NOT HAVE KNOWN IT. ALTOUGH, I DO REMEMBER PAINS, BUT WHEN I CALLED THE NURSE SHE SAID IT WAS MY BELLY STRECTHING BECAUSE I WAS HAVING TWINS. NOW I AM 11 WEEKS PREGNANT, THROUGH INVITRO AND THE DOCTOR TOLD ME I HAVE TO OPTIONS TO GET THE CERVIX BAND OR HOPE FOR A MIRACLE THAT IT DOESN'T HAPPEN AGAIN. I'M AN INFERTILITY PATIENT SO THESE BABIES MEAN SO MUCH TO ME. I WANT TO GET IT DONE, BECAUSE I THINK IF I CAN'T HOLD THEM AT ALMOST FIVE MONTHS, WHAT MAKES MYSELF THINK I CAN HOLD THEM THIS TIME? BUT I AM SCARED OF GOING INTO LABOR FROM THIS. IS IT TRUE IF YOU DO IT EARLIER YOUR CHANCES OF GOING INTO LABOR ARE LESS SLIM THAN WAITING UNTIL I AM FURTHER ALONG? THANKS FOR ANY HELP OR SUGGESTIONS.
Angel
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Oct 13, 2008 @ 4:16 pm
My first pregnancy ended in miscarriage at 15 weeks in April 2006. We are FINALLY pregnant again. I am now 16 weeks. I just had a cervical cerclage put in on Friday. It is now Monday. What are some symptoms you've experienced after the surgery?
Kristi
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Oct 20, 2008 @ 2:14 pm
Well, I enjoyed reading through all these comments. It makes me realize there are so many others going trough similar situations. My history is this: I was pregnant at 22 with my first and delivered a healthy baby girl at 34 weeks after my water broke...contractions started a day later. Doctor had no reason for this to happen. I was pregnant again a year and a half later...started leaking amniotic fluid at 14 weeks, went on complete bedrest. The leak sealed up (quite unusual) and I was told at 20 weeks that bedres wasn't needed after that. My water broke a week later and I stayed pregnant for another four weeks but our baby was delivered and passed away at 24 weeks. After that I knew there had to be some reason for my problems. I saw a fertility specialist who diagnosed me with a uterine abnormality and my ob diagnosed me with IC. My third preg. I recieved a Cerclage at 12 weeks, had lots of preterm labor after 20 weeks but stayed pregnant with meds until the day the perin. took my stitch out at 35 weeks. Was blessed with a healty baby girl. My fourth pregnancy at 30 years old I also received a cerclage at 12 weeks and after a similar pregnancy of lots of preterm labor after 20 weeks I had a C-section because of breach baby and had a healthy baby boy at 35 weeks. NOW, I just found out I am pregnant again and so excited but quite nervous. I think because I know what it takes to get to the finish line. I guess I will phoe the doc and set up my first appt. and schedule my cerclage. I also think...the earlier the better as soon as the doc will allow since with my second preg. I allready started leaking fluid at 14 weeks. I will wait to see what the Lord has in store for our family.
Esther
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Jan 22, 2009 @ 7:07 am
I HAVE HAD TWO MISCARRIAGES AT 25 AND TWENTY SIX WEEKS. NEXT I HAD MY GIRL WITH THE HELP OF AN EMERGENT CERCLAGE AT 24 WEEKS. THEN I HAD MY SECOND CERCLAGE AT 17 WEEKS WHICH WAS ALSO SUCCESSFUL. I HAVE JUST HAD A THIRD CERCLAGE AT 14 WEEKS. MY WORRY IS THAT I HADLY FEEL IT WHILE ON THE OTHER TWO I FELT THE PRESSURE EACH TIME I DID A BIT OF WORK. I SNEEZED AND FELT SOME PAIN IN THE HIP FOR ABOUT TWO DAYS THEN IT DISAPPERED. CAN IT HAPPEN THAT IT COULD HAVE FALLEN OFF WITHOUT ME REALISING IT. HAVENT HAD ANY SPOTTING THOUGH
Amy
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Feb 25, 2009 @ 10:10 am
Hi everyone,
I am looking for some advice and comments on what you think I should do or need to do. at my 19 weeks app my cervix was 2.8 CM now I am 21 weeks 2 days and had an u/s done and I am still 2.8 CM. The doctor told me it may not be a good idea for having a cerclage done but let me get more rest and no sex, he is checking my cervix again in 2 weeks. Should I be getting a second opinion or is there anyone who has been thru this. thanks in advance for all your help and advice.
Stacy
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Mar 2, 2009 @ 9:09 am
Hi all,
I am currently 19 weeks pregnant. My first baby I had @ 35 weeks due to 3 months of preterm from IC. My cervix is short with with pregnancy and they have been watching it now with U/S every two weeks. They have opted not to do the cerlage at this point because my cervix is too irritable and they worry that my body will reject it entirely. Now I am showing evidence of funneling so the cerlage is back on the table. I am really scared because I'm 19 weeks and because they didn't want to do it to begin with because of my cervix. I see the specialist Wednesday. What should I do?
Doris F
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Mar 4, 2009 @ 8:20 pm
Hi, I was 20 weeks when my doctor noticed I was dilated 1-2 cm (this is our first pregnancy and I have an incompetent cervix and I am under 35 and no previous pregnancies, abortions, etc.) during my 5 month checkup. She said I was not eligible for a cerclage because of my bulging membranes. The doctor thought I had an infection in my uterus she said my only option was to terminate the pregnancy (even though she could not clinically determine that I had an infection). I left her office and I got a second opinion from a hospital in Hackensack, NJ (Hackensack University Medical Center). None of the other doctors wanted to do the procedure, because I was so far along (22 wks). God sent a doctor who would do the cerclage for me. The doctor told us our options and the dangers of the procedure, but my husband and I were determined to do all that we could to save our baby. My miracle doctor did the procedure which only lasted 20 minutes. I was in the hospital for one week and I am now home on bed rest until futher notice. The doctor said I should have gotten this done as soon as I found out. I have a visiting nurse coming in every week to give me a progesterone shot so I won't go into preterm labor and they will set me up with a fetal monitor to check for contractions. I would advise all women to take the chance to save their baby. I am praying that all goes well and I believe our faith in God will take us through these next 14 weeks (that is when the cerclage will be take out). God Bless
Amy
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Mar 6, 2009 @ 6:06 am
Doris F, I will keep you in my prayers, I am currently in my 23 weeks and I am so worried about my cervix, I am hoping it doesn't shorting and as you said we need to put more faith in God.

Stacy, I would get a second opinion before you get more advance in your pregnancy anything below 2.5 CM and lower should be checked out, that's what my dr told me. All the best.
Amber
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Mar 24, 2009 @ 7:19 pm
Well in my first pregnancy at 22 I was flown to a better hospital at 20 weeks due to premature labor, there I had a cerclage and I carried right up to 40 weeks. Proud to say I have a beautiful 6 month baby girl now! Now I am on my second pregnancy and am being told that I should get the cerlage again but at 12 weeks and at my local hospital. I dont know what I should do I wish I could go back to the hospital who did my first cerclage but dont think I can afford it. My local hospital is not experienced in cerclages at all, any advice?
bmoore
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Apr 29, 2009 @ 11:11 am
Hello Everyone:
I'm glad I came across your comments with people who have had some of the same pregnancy concerns & issues as myself. My Story: I had the cervical cerclage done at exactly 5mths/20wks
(spinal tap anesthesia, doubled stitched knots located at 11&12o'clk ). It was done successfully with no side effects or complications. I am now 7 months pregnant and counting down to my last two months. The cerclage will be removed when I turn 32 weeks. My cervix started shortening in my 4th month(5.6cm, 4.6cm to 1cm). They monitored it for 3 weeks but each week it got shorter & shorter. So my doctor suggested I have the procedure done ASAP. I am 37 yrs old this is my second pregnancy. My first pregnancy was at 22 yrs old and it ended in having a stillborn at 8 months when my baby girls heart stop. I had a vaginal delivery, knowing my child was already dead before she was born. It was a really bad experience for me and I had a hard time getting pregnant after that. But, when I started feeling like maybe it wasn't meant for me to get pregnant there was the big "Surprise" your pregnant! I was and still is very nervous about making it to the finish line, but I'm more educated, aware & keeping track of all things concerning my pregnancy. (a good relationship with your OB/GYN is well recommended & ask questions and address your concerns). Overall, have faith and put baby in GOD hands.
My Suggestions: I was very nervous & wary about having the cervical cerclage done. But I'm very please with how the surgery went. It maximized my chances of prolonging my pregnancy without miscarriage, pre-term labor and having a healthy baby girl. I have had NO complications or side effects since the procedure. Every womans body is different but if you want to give your baby a chance I say have it done by all means necessary.
Misty
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Jul 7, 2009 @ 7:19 pm
I am 17 I went into preterm labor at 20weeks. I was hospitalized for 2weeks because i had dianamic cervixs. They did not suggest a cerclage until i was 22weeks that same night i went into labor. My water broke and we had a baby boy that weighed 1.02lbs. It was a devistating time in our lives. We are pregnant again but going to a diff doc. They seem to want to do everything they can to help us keep the baby to full term. I am now 10weeks and am so nervous tht the same thing is going to happen to me... What is some advice for me?
Rejoy Thadathil
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Aug 20, 2009 @ 5:05 am
Hi all,

My wife had 2 miscarriages at 20 weeks with a boy and girl respectively. We went to a different doc who suggested McDonald's cerclage, now everything seems to be fine and she is 35 weeks pregnant and am excited to have a boy. Now my question is, Is normal delivery suggested or c-section due to incompetency as we do not want to take any risk on this.
Amber E
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Sep 10, 2009 @ 4:16 pm
I'm currently pregnant with my 2nd child. I lost my daughter in March 2009 because of my IC. I was on my honeymoon, which we flew home because I was not feeling well. We got admitted to our local hospital, where the doctor came in and said she was sorry after examining me. I was later air lifted to the closet high risk laboring hospital about 1 hr 1/2 away. I was put on magnesium and the bed was tilted downwards (towards my head) to help stop the contractions. But our daughter had different plans, 2 days later she was born at 24 weeks. Sophia lived for 6 days, and truly made a huge impact on our lives. I'm now pregnant again, 14 weeks, and I had a cerclage placed 2 weeks ago. I see my doctor every other week, where they continue monitoring my pregnancy to make sure my cervix is not shortening again. Next week we start the shots which will help with premature labor. I would recommend everyone to be comfortable with their doctor and if your not, seek additional supports. Life is so precious, and with all the hard times... having a healthy child is something every woman wants to experience. My family and myself are thinking positive and doing whatever we need to do to ensure we do not have another loss.
Angela F
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Sep 20, 2009 @ 5:05 am
Don't risk it. Get the stitch! it is not painfula and it will most probably save your babies life:)
Thula
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Sep 21, 2009 @ 5:17 pm
Thank you for allowing us to comments regarding the Cerclage: I`m a medical student and tomorrow have a tut on the same topic, but what I can is: Cerclage is a good method if you suffer from Cervical incompetence, you should discuss it with your doctor or with various doctor. Try to get more opinions. This procudure is also done in the public hospital and they do it very sucessfully, especially here in south africa. I wish you, ladies all the best!!
Teria
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Sep 27, 2009 @ 2:14 pm
WELL FIRST THANKS FOR POSTING YOUR ARTICLE THAT REALLY INSPIRED ME. THIS IS MY THIRD PREGNANCY MY FIRST PREGNANCY WAS A BABY BOY I DELEVERED AT 23 WEEKS AND HE DIED THE SECOND ONE I HAD A CERCLAGE PUT THE DOCTOR DID IT AT 20 WEEKS AND I WENT INTO PREMATURE LABOR AT 21 WEEKS AND BY GRACE I PREGNANT AGAIN AND HAD A CERCLAGE DONE AT 14 WEEKS THAT WAS A MCDONALD AND I AM 22 WEEKS PREGNANT. SO THOSE ARTICLES GAVE ME PLENTY OF ENCOURAGEMENT. THANKS SO MUCH AND KEEP ME IN YOUR PRAYERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Sophia
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Oct 27, 2009 @ 5:05 am
I am 14 weeks pregnant and have had the MacDonald stitch how safe is it. Is it safe to have sex after the MacDonald Stitch has been done. Do people deliver normally after having MacDonald Stitch without having CS.
Sade
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Dec 5, 2009 @ 10:10 am
Hi ,my first pregnancy, when my cervix started to open and my doctor noticed it, it was too late for a cerclage. I was monitored closely, seeing my doctor every other week.. When I was 28 weeks. My mucus plug broke. I was dilated for 4cm for 2 whole weeks. They had me on bedrest in the hospital (which i was so miserable) However had I not went to the hospital that day I may have had her too early.. After the 2 weeks I was sent home and a week later she came!! A itty bitty 3 lbs and 15 oz. She is now 2 1/2 and as healthy as she can be. I am now 3 1/2 months pregnant with my 2nd. Considering what happened before. A cerclage was well needed. I got the cerclage put in 3 days ago. As happy as I am to be able to carry fullterm and be able to hold my baby instead of him being shipped to the NICU is exiting. However, Im still very scared of anything happening.
Chrys
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Jan 8, 2010 @ 8:20 pm
I am scheduled to have a cerclage done on monday. My perinatologist has put me on 'rest' until then. I was looking forward to the procedure but after reading all the comments left by others. I am very nervous about it all (especially the days leading up to the surgery) I am a hair dresser and have been able to cancel most of my clients, except for two. Which I have tomorrow morning. I am very nervous about leaving my bed and putting all that pressure on my cervix while standing. :( I am 23wks and have had losses in the past at 24wks (boy) 22wks (boy and girl) and 10wks(triplets) this will be my first cerclage, and hopefully my first living child, I would hate to put her in danger of preterm labor. But from the looks of it many seem to go into preterm labor even after having the cerclage placed! Its all so scary! Guess I just needed to vent?
Rato
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Jan 18, 2010 @ 7:07 am
I am 12 weeks pregnant tomorrow and will also be going for a stitch. I had two miscarriages, one at 23wks and another was a blighted ovum (due to low progesterone levels) at 14weeks. My son was born at 32 weeks after my membranes raptured. I had a stitch with my second pregnancy and infections subsequent to that. My current gynae picked up that my uterus is just over 2cm wide and that explained the early labour that I had with my first born and please bear in mind that my first gynae couldn't explain it, he just recommended an op. I found another gynae who advised that I should have been on antibiotics before and after the procedure. I am now on clyclogen and antibiotics. My questions are to those ladies that had the stitch, were you put on antibiotics? Did you have problems with candida after the stitch or any other such infections after the procedure?
K'Lani
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Jan 20, 2010 @ 1:01 am
On my 24th birthday while having a bowel movement I spotted blood clots in the toilet and on the tissue. I rushed to a hospital that was closest to me rather than the hospital my doctor delivered at, my doctor was out of town. Got there at 1:30pm and was put on IV and a machine that monitored the babys heart beat, her heart rate was 150 which was good, she was still moving around and kicking. I received an ultrasound to see if anything was wrong with my cervix that could have cause the bleeding. I was seen by only nurses never saw a doctor the whole visit they told me I had contractions but they had stopped and everything was fine. Nurse said i could go home it was 8:30pm I just had stay on bed rest til i could see my doctor. I went home thinkin everything was going to be ok. Later that night i went to the restroom and felt something coming out of me. This time i rushed to my doctors hospital and was told my water bag had left my cervix and was sitting in my vagina. Being only 20wks I would have to deliver my baby even though her lungs were not yet developed and she was not going to be able to make it. They ruptured my water bag and shortly after I gave birth to a baby girl 11ounces 9inches. She had died right before the delivery. Her umbilical cord was wrapped around her neck. This is my first child. I feel if the first hospital had taken me seriously let me see a doctor and paid closer attention to the ultra sound they would have seen i needed to be sewn up and my baby girl would still be here today.
sheryl
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Jan 20, 2010 @ 1:13 pm
I am 28 years old I have had 3 pregnancies. First delivery at 22 weeks due to incompetent cervix baby girl died her lungs weren't formed enough yet,second delivery at 35 weeks healthy baby boy now 17 months and third pregnancy got a cerclage at 23 weeks, delivered a baby girl at 31 weeks on january 8th 2010 because my water bag had broke and cerclage had poked a finger size hole in my bladder. now i have to wait 12 weeks until I'm healed from cesarean to have bladder surgery. I'm torn on what to think about cerclage.
Peggy
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Jan 23, 2010 @ 7:19 pm
Have been pregnant 3 times, cerclage put in twice. First time, heavy pressure at 18 weeks, cervix had already shortened to 3.1 but doctors felt it was too risky to do a cerclage at that time, so total bedrest, delivered my oldest son (now 7) at 39w, healthy and the easiest delivery. Second pregnancy, cerclage put in at 14 weeks, bedrest at 32 weeks for early contractions had cerclage removed at 37w 2 days, healthy and went right into labor. Third child (2 weeks old) had cerclage put in at 13 weeks, bedrest at 25 weeks for possible amniotic fluid leaking, although test was inconclusive but to be safe went on bedrest, tried to remove cerclage at 38 and delivered her right then, although tore cervix b/c I was contracting before the dr. could technically get the stich out so had to have c-section.
I have had much success with the cerclage, would not have my beautiful children had I not had it, the key is getting it in early.
shanitta jordan
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Jan 24, 2010 @ 4:16 pm
i had a cerclage placed at 16 weeks and i lost my baby at 22 weeks and the doctors told me they couldnt do nothing because he was infected by me having a urinary tract infection and i didnt know i had it until i started hurting real bad on 1-9-10 and lost him on 1-11-10 and they gave me some antibiotics but it was too late because they said it spreaded to him but my thing is why my doctor didnt tell me it was something wrong when i went for my prenatal visit?
brandy
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Jan 28, 2010 @ 10:22 pm
I HAVE A PERMANANT STIICH IT'S AND ABDOMINAL CERCLAUGE. I COULD NOT HAVE THE OTHERS BECAUSE MY CERVIX WAS TO SHORT,THEY PERFORMED THE SERGERY AT 13 WEEKS AND I WENT TO 9 MONTHS OF BEING PREGNANT. I WAS ON A LOT OF BED REST AND I HAD A LOT OF DISCOMFORT WHEN MY SON GOT BIGGER AND GREW INSIDE ME. I WAS SO HAPPY 7 TIMES AND IT IS GONNA WORK AND IT DID, THE ONLY BAD NEWS WAS I LEFT MY HOUSE TO PICK MY FIANCE UP AND WAS IN A THREE CAR PILE UP AND SUFFERED SEVERE DAMAGE. I WENT INTO LABOR. I DON'T REMEMBER MUCH, BUT WHEN I DID 4 DAYS LATER HE DID NOT MAKE IT. HE DIED FROM HEAD INJURY. I WAS JUST A FREAK ACCIDENT AND CAN HAPPEN, BUT IF THE ACCIDENT DID NOT ACCURE MY SON ADEN WOULD BE 1 YEAR AND 3 MONTHS. SO IF THE MCDONALD AND OTHER CERCLAUGES DID NOT WORK ASK ABOUT THE ABDOMINAL ONE. IT WORKS I PROMISE. I WAS SCARED BUT I COULD FEEL LIFE IN ME AND IT IS SOMETHING I WILL NEVER FORGET AND I HAVE NOT GIVEN UP. I STILL HAVE THE CERCLAUGE IT WAS NOT DAMAGED WHEN THEY OPENED ME FOR SERGERY. I KNOW IT GOES THROUGH YOUR STOMACH AND IN YOUR CERVIX THAT WAY IT HOLDS BETTER. NOW I KNOW MY STORY IS SAD, BUT DON'T GIVE UP. IT WORKS.
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Feb 5, 2010 @ 8:20 pm
Hie lm very gratefull for ur comments they have help me alot
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Feb 8, 2010 @ 7:19 pm
Delivered at 22 weeks 2 days with my first baby girl. Was automatically considered high risk for my current pregnancy. Just had a cerclage placed at 14 wks 4 days on Saturday. Even though I am super nervous and still on bed rest for another week, I am hopeful.
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Feb 12, 2010 @ 4:04 am
My 1st pregnancy was a miscarrage was 19 weeks pregnant, my 2nd pregnancy i was 8 weeks and 3rd pregnancy i was 22 weeks. For my 4th pregnancy the doctor told me, next pregnant i need to have a cerclage put in at 13 weeks. Now i was pregnant. I'm very nerves and scared about that.But, this article is very helpful. For a person like me looking for this kind of information.However, i'm still very scare of everything happening.
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Mar 12, 2010 @ 1:13 pm
My wife is 27 year old. She have first miscarriage at the 19th week at the age of 24. then she have a 6 month bed rest before the second pregnancy. She was gone with the Cervical Cerclage in the 13 week and have a beautiful daughter in the 38 week. now after the break of 2 year expecting again and have the same Cervical Cerclage in the 14th week. i have to ask few Question.

1 Last time we had no sex from the sixth week to the date of birth. do it safe to do so.

2 What kind of care should be taken after this Cervical Cerclage operation. eg. can she lift our daughter 12 Kg (29 pounds). House work like cleaning, cooking, washing, Using stairs to go up and down as we live in apartments and have no lifts

3 What kind of food to taken and about Bowl Movement issues

4.Does she need to have bed rest till the time of Delivery or she can live like a normal woman after this Cervical Cerclage operation.

Regards

Kamran Ahmed ( Karachi )
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Mar 31, 2010 @ 12:00 am
I recently had a vaginal cerclage placed and removed due to preterm Labor.
I have been told due ot my history that I am a good candidate for a permnent cerclage. Can a permanent cerclage be placed prior to a pregnancy beginning?
I'd rather be able to heal from the surgery before placing more weight and pressure to my cervix.

Any advice or guidence?
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Apr 8, 2010 @ 12:12 pm
To Angela's posting from March 31, 2010:

Yes - you can have a cerclage put in before your pregnancy. Problem is finding a doctor that will do it and and insurance provider that will pay for it if it is elective. A good physician will monitor you closely if there is any reason to expect problems. Otherwise, you just kind of have to have a little faith in nature and God.

I am getting the cerclage in a few days, and I have been instructed to have no sex since we found out I was pregnant due to the nature of our previous loss of our daughter last year. With a cerclage you should definitely NOT be having intercourse. Talk about irritating your cervix AND severely increasing your chances of infection . . . if you want to have a child bad enough you just have to deal with no sex. As my doctor days - in the course of your life, this is only a season . . . it will be over before you know it! Good luck to all of you, positive outcomes or not!
Jodian
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Apr 8, 2010 @ 1:13 pm
how soon after a cerclage is it safe for a woman to resume pregnancy?
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Apr 21, 2010 @ 1:13 pm
Am 37 and lost all 5 pregnancy due to incompetent cevix.frist one at 20 weeks didn`t know about i/c.secound at 8 weeks.third at 21 weeks with cerclage, had a rupture membranes.forth at 6weeks don`t know what happen and last on 17 april 10 at 20 weeks with cerclage. bleeding and clotting after 2weeks after the surgical procedure( was told it was dead blood due to the procedure)a week later my cervix began opening` a week after membrain bulging was hospitlize and still lost they had to brake the water bag in other to cut the stitch. I`ve done everything possible to provent this from happening.I am happy for all those who have a child.
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May 1, 2010 @ 7:19 pm
Am 22 years old with my first pregnancy.. i had a cerclage when i was 23weeks .. because they found out that i had a short cervix.. i'm now going to be 27 weeks prego..i go to my doctor every 2 weeks and get a sonogram every 2 weeks .. last appo was on monday and sono on wens and they told me everything is looking good my cervix is close.but im still nervous , but i have alot of faith in god that everything is going to be ok.. for all of u guys that are thinking about having a cerclage go for it . no pain and the best of all you are going to be holding ur greatest treasure in your arms.. like they say after the storm the sun comes out.. luck to all..
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Jun 3, 2010 @ 9:09 am
Am 33 years old with 4th pregnancy. I have had two preterm deliveries and one miscarriage at 10 weeks. My first preterm my membranes ruptured at 24 weeks and by the time I got to the hospital I was already dilated 4 cm. There was nothing they could do to stop labor. My son was born later that evening and after a long stay in the hospital with alot of complications he is now 9 years old and fine. However, my second pregancy I was going to the perinatal dr for a consult because a spot was found on baby's heart at 20 week u/s so they thought it may have down syndrome. At 22 weeks When I got to the perinatal dr and they did a vaginal u/s my cervix was already dilated and my bag was bulging through. He said my cervix was shortened. He sent me straight to the hospital where I was admitted and put on bed rest, and also put on monitor for contractions. I was having contractions even though I could not feel them so they also gave me medication to stop the contractions. It was working good for about a week then all of a sudden my membranes ruptured again and my baby boy was born at 23 weeks. He did not fair as well as my first and died after alot of complications. My third pregnancy I miscarried at 10 weeks. Now, I am currently pregnant again at 13 weeks. My current ob doesn't seem to think that I need a cerclage and that my problems are caused by PTL and not I/C. I, however, am not so sure and would like to see about getting a cerclage placed, but she doesn't want to do one just wants to put me on 17P injections and nothing else. I just don't see that working. I could be wrong, but I feel like it is my cervix. I really want to go to another dr and get a second opinion because I feel like my current OB/GYN is being a little too relaxed about the whole thing. I just want to know anyone else's thoughts on this?
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Jun 10, 2010 @ 8:20 pm
Hi All, It has been great to read all your stories, it really helps to read aout others going through the same thing as me. I felt preassure in my vagina at 18 weeks & went to the hospital, they dais my cervix was dialated and my membranes were bulging, in emergency they said that I would loose the baby. However I insisted on seeing my private obgyn. He admitted me and put me on observation for 12 hours to make sure I didn't go into labor, get an infection or rupture my membranes. They then did another ultrasound and he decided I was a good candidate to try the cervical cercilage. So he wisked me of to surgery & put one in, they managed to put my membranes back in and stitch me up. I sayed in hospital for another week to keep an eye on me, but after everything was going well he sent me home on bed rest. I am now 25 weeks pregnant and still holding in there. So I am praying that the stitch hold till term but so far i'm feeling good. I also already have 2 healthy kids born at 38 weeks with no complications, so dr said it was very unusual for someone to have 2 normal pregnancies & then I/C. All I can recommend to you is go with your heart and make sure you get all the answers. If it was up to the drs in the ER I would have lost my baby 7 weeks ago!
Berlinda
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Jun 29, 2010 @ 6:18 pm
Hello All,

I am scheduled to have a cerclage done on Thursday to prevent preterm labor. I am 19 weeks pregnant and a nervous wreck! I had my son at 37 weeks he is now 7 and this is my second pregnancy and my cervix has went from 2.6cm to 1.10cm. I have never had this done before. Any advice to a scared mother? I truly believe in God because I know that only he can do all things, but I am still scared. Any advice or encouragement would be helpful. God Bless.
Mina
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Jul 19, 2010 @ 9:21 pm
Hello All,

Two years ago, I delivered my baby boy @ 28 weeks, after being on a strict bed rest for 2 months.
At 21 weeks, my cervix mesured only 0.8 cm, and it was too late to do a cerclage. My baby is very healthy now, despite spending two months at the NICU.

I'm pregnant again, and this time I had a cerclage put in @ 12 weeks. Last week, at 22 weeks, I started bleeding, very light, more like spotting, so I was ordered to bed-rest. Spotting has been on and off since then. I'm waiting to see my doctor this thrusday. Has anyone had the same experience? Thank you.
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Aug 9, 2010 @ 7:07 am
Cerclage is a miracle! With my first preg I was starting to dilate at 26 weeks. I was hospitalized and delivered her at 30.5 weeks. She is now a healthy 6 year old. Pregnant now with #2 little boy. Got cerclage put in at 17 weeks, have had NO problems with it at all. I also receive weekly progesterone injections to help keep the uterus from contracting. I am now almost 35 weeks along. They say each pregnancy is different, but if you have had a preterm baby before, I would demand the cerclage. Better safe than sorry!
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Aug 12, 2010 @ 9:21 pm
Hi!

First thanks for all the comments. I want to be pregnant again and it helps me, since in most of the cases with a early cerclage it went to a full terme delivery.

My stories as well, cerclage saved my twins! I had a first pregnancy, I had to deliver my baby girl at almost 20 weeks and she was too young to survive, at that time they didn't know why. Then I was pregnant again with twins, I wanted to have a cerclage but they didn't think it was necessary. Finally, at 22 weeks , the same was happening again I was losing the mucus plug so I went fast at the hospital,they found out I really had an IC, thanks to the doctor who saw it. I had a cerclage, was on bedrest at hospital until 28 weeks, then the same at home and delivered at almost 36 weeks, when I finally got up. It's possible to SAVE your babies with a cerclage, it's a MIRACLE for us, I'm so glad I did it. And I was HUGE at 36, a lot bigger than lot of my friends that had them full term, so it supported a lot, even though there was only one cm left. My advice : always lying, someone else makes your food, no sex and positive thinking, each days that passes is a blessing for your child.

So now I'm looking to make up my mind about a third child, that I want but I want to make sure I deliver him safely, with no harm because of this condition. This time I won't be able to be totally on bed rest with my two toddlers so... if you have any advice or you had a normal pregnancy with an early cerclage(no bed rest, no limitations) I'll take them! thanx a lot!
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Aug 25, 2010 @ 6:18 pm
I am 31 and have lost two pregnancies in my mid 20s, one at 16 weeks (delivered in the toilet)and the other at 20 weeks still with membranes in tact. At my last loss which occurred at St James' hospital in Leeds (UK), I was advised that I required a stitch to prevent another loss. So, at 15 weeks, just a few weeks ago, I had one inserted in Ealing Hospital in london. I am still off work to allow the stitch to heal, but I admit that I am nervous every single day. Also I don't feel healed, I feel uncomfortable and fear every sneeze, cough and hiccup because it hurts. Even going to the loo to do a poo is like torture for me, I am convinced the baby is on its way! I wish more people would talk about whether they still experienced pains and discomfort and for how long...this is my third weeks since surgery and I still feel delicate and have occasional pangs of pain. My first week was hell and my second week I felt like I had a lead weight inserted in my womb - such was the feeling of pressure I felt.

Love to hear how other people have been coping post-op.

Also, please pray I see this baby to full-term. Dr suggests he will remove the stitch at 37 weeks.

Zing
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Sep 1, 2010 @ 5:17 pm
its been 2 weeks since my ceclage. may I have the sex now?
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Oct 11, 2010 @ 2:14 pm
My Story:

I am 36 y.o. and currently in my 8th pregnancy. We have 1 living child. So I'm sure some of you can relate and imagine the emotional rollercoaster we have been through. My miscarriages range from oblighted ovum to incompetent cervix, all taking place 16 wks or earlier in pregnancy from 1999-2008.
My 1st pregnancy with my now 16 y.o. son wasn't a walk in the park and we did have some complications with him, but we were blessed and I delivered him at 39 wks. My next 6 pregnancies were due to infertility drugs. In 1999, I was diagnosed with PCOS. In 2007 I was diagnosed w/a uterine septum (my uterus was shaped like a heart) that the Dr's claim to be the culperate of all of my early miscariages. I did get pregnant shortly after the surgery, but unfortunatley that pregnancy ended in an I/C (no pain, no warning). 3 months ago we found out we were pregnant, again. This time is truly a blessing, it was unexpected and NO infertility drugs.
I've just had my 1st cervical cerclage. My ob/gyn Dr advised this due to my history. I'm glad we were given this option.
We are very nervous only because we don't know what to expect w/this cerclage, I am worried with every little pain or twitch I feel, but God has blessed my family and I with this amazing SURPRISE!
Good luck and take care to you all!!
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Oct 28, 2010 @ 2:14 pm
hi ! i have a question that keep on running in my mind.can a doctor knows for sure that a pregnant woman needs cerclage after doing all the necessary test or is it impossible to know until the woman experience a preterm labor?thank you for considering my question
Debbie
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Nov 1, 2010 @ 2:02 am
Hi,
Thank you all for your comments and experiences. I am currently 9 weeks and a cervical stitch is extremely likely and I'm feeling nervious. My cervix is 2cms. Looking at having the stitch at 14 weeks.

I had our first baby in January this year at 29 weeks and he died at 3 weeks as he caught a bacterial infection in his second week.

So please keep updating as it helps me to understand particularly others going through it.

Any hints to help it be more successful are sooo welcome.

Thanks
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Nov 18, 2010 @ 11:23 pm
Hi everyone,

I was 29 when fall preg with a baby boy and i got interaction at 16 weeks and went to hospital and delivered my baby who was already dead. After examination and everything doctors found that i had caught infection and the baby also cought lung infections.

After 2 months I fall prge again and this time I delievered a preterm baby boy at 24 weeks. I did not want to keep him for health related problems then. I went for another proper check up and surgery. My doctor found out that I had mid term spitum cervix and incomptent cervix.

I fall preg again this November and nerveous what will happen if i put cerclage, hard and heart devastating experiences of loss. I dont want to lose again. May god help us.
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Nov 26, 2010 @ 5:05 am
HI All,

Well I'm having the stitch put in next week at 14 weeks and feeling a little scared.

Did you have a general or an epidural?
Thanks
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Nov 30, 2010 @ 9:09 am
Hi everyone,

My heart and my hopes goes out to you all. It's so hard to somehow get through these sad times.
In April this year I lost my first baby, she lived for a few days. This was at 24 weeks due to Incompetent cervix.
Now I'm pregnant again. So glad to be pregnant although it's still a long way to go yet. I hope and pray. I daren't get too attatched to this baby. Trying hard to relax.

Last week I had the shirodkar stitch placed. This was at 14 weeks. I'm worried now but I know that I'd be much more worried if I'd decided to go for the 'wait and see' approach. I feel like the chances for this baby have gone up. The stories on here are very re-assuring.
Physically - I stayed in hospital the night. Everything seemed to be going okay. When the spinal anaesthetic wore off I was in bad pain. Like intense period pains. I was bleeding, not lot's. It helped me to remember that the blood was not baby or anything it was only the stitch settling in. Since coming home, I've been on bed rest except for going to the loo, for 4 days. Taking anti-biotics. I stopped bleeding and (sorry if its's too much Info but these are the things that I'm worried abput - Is this normal, okay ? )I stopped bleeding, then had nothing, no discharge or blood. This seemed positive. I was glad not to be bleeding. Then, on day 5 after stitch I felt something leaking. Only a very small amount. It was ( sorry if TMI ) browny discharge. Not much, but as I'd had nothing for days I worried much more. I decided that it was to be expected, as- only 5 days after surgery. Is this normal? I've had pains, like period pains now and then. I keep asking myself whether im having tightenings or not but I think not. I think pains and some discharge/blood in small amount is to be expected. I'm not sure though. Now on day 7 after stitch - getting small amounts when wiping. Very worried about this. does anyone know?
All my love and hopes to you all. X
pooja
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Dec 1, 2010 @ 3:03 am
hi i had 2 misscarriages one at 13weeks and one at 16weeks the doctors told me they didnt kn what was the reason. than i had cycst removed and a spetum removed as well last year than was on meds to fall pregnant and just when we were told to consider IVF i fell pregnant we were very happi. i saw a private doctor who told me i had weak cervix and i should geta stich put in but the hospital(Liverpool) told me no and i should have my cervix checked every 2 weekly and on my visit they told me i was having shorting of cervix i should get the stich put in. i asked my private doctor and he did it for me at 14weeks. Everything was fine till one morning i had seen mucus coming out rang hospital was told it was normal and i went shopping after that but things went worse when i came home my membrane popped out of my stitch rang hospital and went straight in was told i needed to get my stich out but i refused as i wanted my own doctors opioion since it was sunday so on monday when i called him he was away and i was at the mercy of hospital. they finally told me they would restitch me but despite that the infection got better of me and i gave birth to my baby gal at 22weeks. she was alive but i was told before hand that the hospital wont do anything to help her. my girl was born with the stitch still in place. it was very hard for me as i always wanted a gal and she was very healthy. now iam being told i need a permatant stitch put in before i start trying to fall pregnant. all i can say anything can go wrong so i hope i get thru this time as i dont have any kids.i wish everyone best of luck with everything
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Dec 1, 2010 @ 3:03 am
Hi Gemma,
I'm going tomorrow for my stitch so I can't help. Wish I could. I will ask tomorrow, not that, that helps you. I hope you have called to ask. Don't be shy this time. ring the doctors or midwife whenever you need. You have every right. This little one is precious.
Take care.
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Dec 3, 2010 @ 11:11 am
Hi Debbie,

I hope everything's going well.

I'm sure you're taking lot's of rest right now.

Take care.
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Dec 4, 2010 @ 1:01 am
HI Gemma,

Yes resting up. So far so good. 48hours since the op and it went well. Just indigestion which I hadn't had till now and some cramping overnight but thats gone today at the moment. So pretty happy at the minute.

How are you going? Everything still ok I assume?

Do you live in Australia too?

Take care too.
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Dec 4, 2010 @ 10:10 am
Hi Debbie,

I'm very glad to hear that everything's gone well for you.

I'm just about starting to think, this little baby's staying put, until due date time.

It's such a big 'hurdle' to leap going in for the op. I'm now 15weeks. I feel also a glimmer of happiness.
Since the loss of my daughter earlier this year I've had so many days and dates to struggle through, like her due date and when she would have been 6 months etc. Even this Christmas time is going to be another tough time. I feel so empty handed without my little babe with me.
So, being pregnant again gives me the feeling of a little more hope. I feel like this little baby is going to really, really turn my life around, back into something happy and with some normality again. My constant sad-ness this year has been , just awful. Being at this point now is really giving me some much needed joy. Even though I'm so worried and fully aware that there are still more hurdles to cross.

My worries have calmed down a little now. I feel like i know what signs to look out for if, god forbid, anything un-usual or serious started to happen. Regarding my worry last week with the browny stuff. I think it was a tiny amount of blood left around the healing stitch. It was less than a week since i'd had the op. I've been 'clear' since then. I've stopped worrying every-time I go to the toilet now. I think clear is a good sign. If this changed later on down the line then I'd go into hospital for re-assurance.
I've been taking things slowly and avoiding getting up where I can. I'll ask my boyfriend to make a cup of tea where I'd usually make one! I'm so looking forward to feeling the baby move in the next few weeks, it will be amazing. I so hope to be with a huge bump, and then with a healthy baby.

Wow, Australia! I'm live in England!

Praying, hoping and trying to enjoy each precious moment with this little one.
Wish you all the best, take care.
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Dec 6, 2010 @ 12:00 am
HI Gemma,

I'm still going well, day 4 since the stitch has been put in and I can relate to everything your feeling. I have sent you an email, let me know if you got it.

Take Care
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Dec 10, 2010 @ 10:10 am
Hi.
So, I had a miscarriage at 16 weeks, 20 years ago (I was 20 years old at the time.) And after the loss, my Doc spoke about me needing a Cerclage in my childbearing future. Since then, I have not attempted to have a baby in all these years.

Now, my husband and I are trying to get pregnant. I am 40 years old now--very healthy! Anyway, we were wondering if I will need a Cerclage, now, after so many years since the first miscarriage. Will the ObGyn be able to tell me in advance (unlike the first time around--when he figured it out AFTER my miscarriage,) if I will need this?

Help! I'm scared in more ways than one. I'll appreciate any info!

Thanks, and have a great day.

Caly
pooja
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Dec 11, 2010 @ 5:17 pm
hi caly
how r u well first of all i wanted to know if u r frm australia and in sydney because there is a very good doctor in liverpool who will answer your question he doesnt waste your time and money he is very very good his name is doctor David Knight. i hope this was helpfull too you as some people dont app what you tell them but i hope this helps you if not just google doctors in your country and iam very sure you will find someone who would explain it to you. but since you were told you need the Cerclage than you do thats what my doctor told me. please do find out as it is very hard to cope with the loss because i have been through it three times,two without cerclage and one with the cerclage so my personal advise is please please do your research before you do anything. i hope this helps you. all the best and good luck.
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Dec 21, 2010 @ 8:08 am
i had a shirodkar suture. 7 days later i experienced vaginal bleeding. What could be the cause? Could it be a sign of miscarriage?
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Dec 22, 2010 @ 8:08 am
I AM 31 YEARS OLD AND I HAVE BEEN PREGNANT 12 TIMES IN MY LIFE. I DELIVERED 5 CHILDREN, BUT ONLY 4 ARE LIVING AND THAT IS DUE TO THE CERVICAL CERCLAGE PROCEDURE. THE FIRST ONE WAS AN EMERGENCY PLACED AT 31 WEEKS AND THE OTHER 3 WERE PLACED AT 14 WEEKS JUSTATION.I AM ON MY 12TH PREGNANCY AND I AM NOW 15 WEEKS PREGNANT BUT THIS TIME THEY DO NOT WANT TO DO THE PROCEDURE. IT SEEMS THAT SINCE MY LAST DELIVERY IN 2005 THERE HAS BEEN A HIGH RATE OF MOTHERS AND BABIES GETTING SEPTIC DUE TO INFECTIONS (ONE OF THE COMPLICATIONS OF HAVING A CERCLAGE)DEVELOPING AROUND THE SUTURE AND THEN ENTERING THE AMNIO SACK AND THEN THE BLOOD STREAM. I AM NOT ONE OF THE WOMEN IN THAT STATISTIC, ON THE CONTRARY ALL OF MINES WERE SUCCESSFUL, AND WHEN AN INFECTION STARTED TO DEVELOP IT WAS TREATED ON THE SPOT THANKS TO MY WONDERFUL DOCTORS AT WESTCHESTER MEDICAL CENTER IN VALHALLA, NY. I AM GOING TO THE DOCTOR TODAY TO BEGIN A NEW TREATMENT, INJECTIONS THAT I HAVE TO TAKE EVERY WEEK TO PREVENT MY CERVIX FROM OPENING. I AM A LITTLE APPREHENSIVE BECAUSE THE CERCLAGE HAS WORKE FOR ME AND ALLOWED ME TO HAVE 4 BEAUTIFUL CHILDREN AGES 13, 9,7 AND 5...BUT I TRUST MY DOCTORS AND THEY WANT TO HEAD IN THAT DIRECTION. IF AT ANY POINT MY CERVIX BEGINS TO EFFACE OR DIALTE BEFORE TIME..THEY ASSURED ME THAT THEY WILL PROCEED TO DO AN EMERGENCY CERCLAGE. I AM REALLY NERVOUS AND I KNOW NOTHING ABOUT THIS NEW DRUG BUT SINCE THEY STARTED USING IT IT HAS HAD A SUCCESS RATE IN THE 90%. WISH ME LUCK AND GOOD BLESSINGS!
shalu
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Dec 29, 2010 @ 4:04 am
FIRST pregnancy i had a misscarriage in 8 weeks second time i had a misscarriage in 23 weeks 3rd time doctor had suggested for cerclage and was done in 14 weeks but in 22 weeks suddenly i had pain and doctor said that i have a short cervix and that stich is put to utreus so i will not have any problem but i had a misscarriage in 22 weeks when i asked to doctor she said there is no problem but dont know why this happened can u tell me why
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Jan 2, 2011 @ 6:18 pm
HI Keisha,

Good luck with the drug. Let us know how it goes I have never heard of it. That doesn't mean much though. I am now 18 weeks and had the stitch at 13weeks and 5 days. All is going well do far. I too am 31 years old. I hope like you my stitch is successful too. Bub has been moving plenty so it seems fine. Fingers crossed it stays that way. I'm finishing work in a couple of weeks just to take it easy and help the stitch hold.

Thanks
Deb
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Jan 4, 2011 @ 1:13 pm
Hi Merry,

Found this review of cervical cerclage and thought it was a great review of the possible risks associated with this vs. the new drug, and also mentions some patients that might not be candidates for this procedure therefor benefiting from this new drug.

Best regards and Good luck with your detail!
Pam
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Jan 6, 2011 @ 12:00 am
HI MY NAME IS DANIELLE ALFORD. IN AUG OF 09 I GAVE BIRTH TO A BEAUTIFUL BABY BOY AT 28WKS GESTATION. UNFORTUNATELY HE DIED AT 3WKS ANDD 2 DAYS OLD DUE TO NECROTIZING ENTERCOLITIS WHICH IS AN INFECTION IN PREMAURE BABIES TUMMIES.I HAD A CERCLAGE PLACED LATE ON IN THE PREGNANCY AT 22WKS WHICH DIDN'T HOLD DUE TO THE FACT THAT I WAS FUNNELING. I AM NOW 29WKS PREGNANT WITH A LITTLE GIRL AND MY CERCLAGE WAS PLACED AT 12WKS AND HAS HELD EXTREMELY WELL.I PRAY THAT THEY WILL HOLD THESE SEVEN MORE WKS UNTIL THEY ARE REMOVED AND ALA'HNA WILL BLESS THE WORLD WITH HER PRESENCE.MY HEART GOES OUT TO ALL MOTHERS WHO HAVE LOST A CHILD AND I PRAY GOD BLESSES YOU WITH ANOTHER BUNDLE OF JOY. R.I.P BABY ROBERT EARL DAVIS III "MOMMIES SUPERMAN"
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Jan 30, 2011 @ 7:07 am
how many times cerclages must one have in her hole life ? because there are some riskes
wina
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Feb 2, 2011 @ 5:17 pm
I would recommend a cerclage, the procedure isnt as bad as you think. i lost 2 babies one at 18 weeks and the other at 19 weeks.i have had 2 successful pregnancies and am now on my 3rd. i have been very lucky and have not been on bedrest just no lifting or excessive walking. it is well worth it you get to hold you baby in the end. and if you feel like you need it and your current dr doesnt think so look for a 2nd opinion and explain your history
MAITIA
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Feb 10, 2011 @ 7:07 am
i had 4 miscarries, 3 at 6-8wks and one at 26wks before i had the pregnancy that i carried to full term 37wks 5days.wen i was 10wks 5dya i started bleeding and my gynae put me on "total bedrest" for 5wks and it helped 15wks i had a cervical cerclage, ten days later i was bleedingthe best way i dealt with it was to rest a lot, on exercise at all bathing eating and sleeping became my everyday routine and it was worth wen i look at my 2yr old daughter. i was due to have the stitch removed at 38wk but 2days short of that my waters broke but the onset of labour only happened 2hrs later, my stitch was removed while i was in labour,no damaged was done. i am 14wks pregnant and is due to have another cervical cerdage in 2days. resting is the best gift that you can give your unborn child during your pregnancy there will be a lot of time to get back in shape
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Mar 8, 2011 @ 3:15 pm
I jus had a cerclage last friday @ 20wks. I went in at 5:00am and was discharged at 3:00pm. I stayed on bedrest untill Monday. Today is Tuesday and I am up and about jus alot of sitting time instead of bedtime. I am very nervous about this procedure. I have a great Dr. here in Meridian MS that performed the surgery. I had really bad headaches 3 days afterwards.I feel really good now and I go back for a check up on Friday March 11, 2011. I have my faith in God that every thing will be alright. I have a 3 yr old lil girl. I had no complications with that pregnancy. That was the best pregnancy ever. I am now 5months (20 weeks) and their is hardly any movement with this lil boy untill I eat which makes me nervous, but like I say if I trust in the man above and have the faith of a mustard seed everything will be alright. :)
misty
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Apr 10, 2011 @ 8:20 pm
all of you are so helpful. my story is i was 18 when i had my first son now 3 1/2 and he was a emergency c section due to the drop in his heart rate during delivery. last September 2010 my water broke at 20 weeks i was 21 and i was airlifed to the next town a really great hospital was in labor 30 hrs before we had our son who was stillborn at the time of delivery. i am now 12 weeks pregnant and my doctor referred me to a doctor back at that really awesome hospital to have a cerclage placed in at 14 weeks i am really scared because i don't really know if this is gonna work for me i live 21/2 hours away from this place and if something goes wrong i am gonna be airlifed back over and the doctors and hospital here can not help me. if i were to lose another one i dont know what i would do it hurts sooo bad and i still cant get over the lose of our son. we are already haveing terrible issues with this pregnancy that im not sure it will help.
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Apr 11, 2011 @ 4:04 am
Hi Misty,

All you can do is take the doctors advice. I had the stitch put in at 14weeks after my first pregnancy having our son at 29 weeks and he died after 3 weeks of an ecoli infection Feb last year. I am now 32 weeks and 2 days and feeling a bit better about things. My stitch has held well so far. I had my stitch in my home town but if anything happens before 34 weeks I too will be airlift as the big town is 2.5 hours away as well. It is a nerve racking time. The thing I keep remembering is worrying isn't going to help my baby or change the outcome. I just have to hope. I wish you the best of luck and I am hoping for you too.
Take care.
Deb
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Apr 23, 2011 @ 3:15 pm
hey everyone i read all your comments. and im so happy i found so many information, thank you very much for taking the time to write your stories. i never thought i would of be writing mines here too but you guys are so inspiring that i want to share. so a week ago i was 17 weeks and 2days in my pregnancy im 21 years old, and i started having some pain so i went to the er and they checked me and told me everything was fine that i was my uterus getting big bc of my bby. so i was sent home so went i stop at the grocery store and i saw my pants i was bleeding my husband and i drove back over there. and they did an ultrasound and found that my cervix was dilated and that the soak was out of the place where the baby was. so they told me i will have a miscarriage. and i was already in labor with the worst pain i have felt in my life and an hour later i felt the baby just come out of me and that was it. the doctor didnt gave pain medicine or anything and they clean everything like that without putting medicine on me or anything they only had to take the placenta out and thats it. so i dont know if i had a d and c or anything. they didnt tell me the reason why it happened. but thanks to all the support of my church im doing fine and i know jesus christ my savior will bless me with another baby. i have no physical pain or anything just little spotting. and the doctor spoke to me about getting the stich for my next pregnacy. i have so many questions: after the dilation of the cervix when can i start to try to concive? i feel fine i have no pain and i feel like i want to have sex which is weird after a miscarrage. and can you get both the stich and the drug? and do you have to get a special doctor to tell you if you need the stich or you regular ob doctor could tell you? I will really appreciate your answer and thank you already for the time to read my comment. i will keep you in my prayers so God could make us God parents. love you all.
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May 10, 2011 @ 6:06 am
I have just found out that after five years my doctor forgot to remove the cercloge after c-section and emergency hystorectomy. I am scheduled to have surgery to have it removed but i am worried that this has caused me some damage to my bladder and my ovaries that he had left in. What can I do about this? How can a doctor leave something behind that he was was paid to remove?
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May 20, 2011 @ 11:11 am
In july 2010 my wife feels bleeding in the 20 week and in 22 week . She gave premature birh to son who died. Know she is 14 week pregnent . Doctor gave stitch on cervical. Both of we require councellig of expert in this matter for keeping the smile safe.
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May 21, 2011 @ 5:05 am
Well my stitch was all the difference. I had our daughter 2 weeks ago today. The stitch was the only thing holding her in from 34 weeks as my cervix thinned completely.I was hospilaised on complete bedrest until she arrived. I went into labour at 35 weeks and 5 days and the stitch was cut and I immediately dilated 3 cms and felt the biggest relief of pressure. Then the labour stopped until the next night when it started again and I had her the next afternoon at 36 weeks to the day. She is perfect. 6lb 11oz. I made it 7 weeks longer then our son(little angel). I thank my doctor everyday for putting in my stitch and giving us such happiness again. Good luck everyone. Deb
Indya
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May 26, 2011 @ 2:14 pm
In 96 I had a son born at 24 weeks due to a weak cervix and passed away. the Dr I actually seen for that pregnancy was horrible.In 1998 had a cerclage put in got infection in sac so membranes ruptured @ 24 wks had to be put in hospital had son at 29/6 awesome 12 yr old. Pregnant again in 2000/2002 cerclage placed delivered term two awesome sons. Due to this had tubes tied day after birth in 2002 they came untied 2009 pregnant again cerclage in place delivered full term awesome son. The crazy Dr didn't tell me my cervix tore found that out this year when I became pregnant again and had to get another cerclage placed this past March. Thank God all has been well w cerclages but Dr did advise me that my cervix cd not handle ne more cerclages.
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May 28, 2011 @ 5:05 am
Hi,

Anybody reccomend Shirodkar to be done in 30 weeks to avoid pre-term.

Regards
Mohana
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Jun 4, 2011 @ 9:21 pm
I too have lost 2 children. Both right around 23 weeks. :( I am on my 3rd pregnancy, and we have a new Doctor. He refered us to UC Davis in California for a specialized opinion. My situation was up in the air. Was a cerclage necessary or did I need more horomones? They were hesitant about the cerclage for me. My labors were full on with contractions. Also cerclages are prone to infection (which cause preterm labor) and bed rest can as well because your chances of getting a blood clott are so high. So for me im on progestrone shots each week, with cervical length checks each week, and so far so good. I am 23 weeks now, so well see how it all goes.
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Jun 8, 2011 @ 7:07 am
I too have lost a baby at 22wks due to preterm labor. The doctor that I went to checked my cervix at 20 wks and I was already dilated to 1. He went ahead and did the rescue cerclage oat 20wks but 2wks later my water broke. I'm pretty sure I had got an infection which had caused for my water to break. It was the worst thing I had to go through. I lost my baby girl at 22wks.
6 yrs later I had got pregnant again. I decided that I would go to a different doctor this time around. I brought my medical records with and explained my situation. My new doctor went ahead and put a cerclage on my cervix at 12wks. I was put on bedrest for a week afterwards. Had tons of restrictions, did not work and It was a success!!! The doctor took the cerclage off at 36wks and stripped my membranes. I delivered a healthy baby boy at 38 wks. He is now 4 yrs old.
I am now 13wks and 4days pregnant again. My previous doctor is now retired so I had to find a new one. I decided to stay at the same office with another doctor. I am also seeing a high risk doctor about an hr away. They both tried to make me understand that I may not need a cerclage due to the risks of infection and my water can break at any time. I did alot of research, talked to many friends and family, shed alot of tears for about a month before we decided that the cerclage is the best option for this pregnancy. The risks of the cerclage are slim the earlier it is done. I went back to see my high risk doctor this past monday to further discuss the cerclage. Yesterday I had it put on. So far so great! I was put totally under this time and I feel great. I have had bearly any spotting and no pain so far. I have been put on bedrest for a week to give things a chance to heal. All I can do now is pray that we do not have any problems. I also have been recommended the progestorone shots starting at 16wks until 34 or 36wks. I hate needles but will do about anything to help my little one cook long enough. I wish everyone the best that has to go through things like this!
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Jun 13, 2011 @ 12:12 pm
hi ,i ave my cerclage at week 16 after 3 days i started having a mucous discharge ,i hope all is well cos am a first timer
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Jul 2, 2011 @ 7:19 pm
my uterus is heart shaped ive had 7 miscarriages is it safe to get pregnant again im 37 yrs old i have 4 children now
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Jul 5, 2011 @ 12:12 pm
hi. if a woman that his pregnant had cerclage in at 12 weeks in her pregnancy can she return to work after 3weeks bed rest.
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Jul 17, 2011 @ 12:12 pm
Hi, i had a cerclage inserted at 13 weeks for my third pregnancy. at 27 weeks my water broke, and my doctor placed me on bed rest in the hospital with the hope that i would get to atleast 34 weeks before i deliver, i was placed on antibiotics and recieved 3 shots of steriods that would help mature the babay's lungs. unfortunately after spending 2 wks in the hospital my pulse started rising which the doctor said was a sign of infection, i was induced and delivered the baby vaginally. she spent nine hours in the incubator and died of respiratory infection. i am so scared of getting pregnant again, because this is the second time i am having the problem of ruptured membranes.
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Jul 26, 2011 @ 4:04 am
IM 17 WEEKS PREGNANT,I FEEL HAVINESS AND PAINS IN MY ABDOMEN AND A YELLOW DISCHARGE OCCURS,I AM WORRIED CAUSE IM IN LOVE WITH MA TWIN PREGNANT, PLZ HELP I DO NOT WANT TO LOOSE THEM. PLZZZ
Lydia Sowa
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Aug 6, 2011 @ 9:09 am
I had cerclage on my cervix 10yrs,i got the baby through an operation and since 2001 not conceived ever not even a miscarriage,could it be my cervix was permanently stitched? I visited my gynae ,done tests but not to date,kindly assist/advice.
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Aug 21, 2011 @ 2:14 pm
Hi Toke.
I will advise you go to your doctor, if there is any issue so that it can be dealt with asap. It shall b well with your baby in Jesus' name.

My sad story: I have lost 3pregnancies and a living pretty daughter(4yr): 1st preg at 14wks as my water was leaking, was on bed rest for 2wks and eventually lost my baby at 16weeks. i was told by my doctor(in Nigeria) that i hav an IC and advised that cerclage will be put in for d next pregnancy. few months after was pregnant and at 12weeks my doctor put in d cerclage and was removed at 36weeks without any problem and to d glory of God i had my girl at 38weeks healthy and weights 3.5kg. My family moved to d UK after she was born.

Got pregnant last year august and told my new doctor(OB/GYN consultant) my pregnancy history and she agreed to put in cerclage but at 13weeks, but at 12week d baby's heart beat stopped and so evacuation was done.

Got pregnant again 4months after. I was closely monitored. Cerclage was put in at 13weeks even though i insisted it should b done at 12weeks,all was well till i went for my 20wks scan and was told by another dr that he's not comfortable with d length of my cervix but had nothing to compare d current length with as my consultant didn't record in my note d length of my cervix after d op. So, was given app 4wks after. but unfortunately lost my son at 23wks/2day gestation(exactly a month ago today 21/7/2011) as d suture gave way, my water broke and was infected. I gave birth to him varginally, kissed and held him for a while b4 he was taken away.

This is d most sorrowful and devastating time for me and my family, it is so hard to move on as my daughter keep asking for her little brother Nathan. we plan to try again and all shall be well in Jesus' name.

I pray we shall all have our heart desires in Jesus'name. Amen.
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Aug 24, 2011 @ 11:11 am
I WOULD LIKE TO KNOW IF I CAN GET PREGNANT WITH THE CERCLAGE THERE THEY LEFT IT INSIDE ME AND I WANT TO HAVE ANOTHER CHILD AND I CAN PLEASE HELP ME I WOULD LIKE TO KNOW PLEASE THANK YOU
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Aug 26, 2011 @ 10:22 pm
Dear Yemi,
Your sad story bought tears to my eyes as I too have been through very similar circumstances. This is my 12th pregnancy, however, I am lucky to have 2 beautiful boys aged 7 (born@28 weeks 2003) and 2 (who was born @38 weeks in 2010 after emergent cervical clercage put in). My baby Jake was born @ 24 weeks inbetween my 2 boys in 2008 and died at 5 days old. I also sufferd 8 miscarriages between 6 weeks and 19 weeks over the years. After so many losses I am blessed not only with my boys but am now 38 weeks with a little girl after a cervical clercage put in at 13 weeks. I had it removed yesterday. During my two "Stitched" pregnancies I put myself on bedrest as the docs were not much help and made sure I drank lots of water. I was also given fortnightly anti biotics both times to ward off infection. Don't give up hope, with your faith you can make your dreams come true. Those cuddles from your little girl will get you through I'm sure... all the best x
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Sep 22, 2011 @ 8:08 am
Hi everyone. when i was 17 i lost my first child at 16 weeks. im first son.my doctor told me that i need to have a cervical cerclage if i were to get pregnate again. at 18 i lost another baby boy at 17 weeks as i was seeing a new doctor and he said i didnt need one. At 20 i had a m/c at 11 weeks. nothing they could have done. at 21 i had a cervical cerclage put in at 14 weeks and my cervix was already opening. I delivered at 21 weeks and lost my 3rd baby boy. im 23 now and im 13 weeks and 3 days i had the cervical cerclage put in at 12 weeks. Im hoping that things go good and im able to have this baby at full term. Doctor said that my cervix is still closed but in the back of my head i cant help but worrie that im dreams of becoming a mother is just a dream. Im praying everyday that iwill be fine. I have lil sharp pains sence i had it in but my doctor said its from my uterus is streching. I hope this give light that anything can happen no matter what. you just have to have faith.
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Sep 29, 2011 @ 9:09 am
Hi everyone. so, i am completely scared to death. i had a cerclage last weeks at 21 weeks pregnant. My doc said the surgery went great. my cervix pre-surgery was 1.5 and after surgery went to a 5. i have an appointment next week, they will do a vaginal ultrasound to make sure it is not getting shorter. This is my third child. I have said a prayer everyday. Good luck to everyone else.
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Oct 28, 2011 @ 3:03 am
HI,I`m pregnant of 12 weeks,and I had an operation when I had 8 weeks pregnancy,they inserted a stitch.I would like to know if it is safe to have sex,when your pregnant and have this type of stitch please.

Hope to hear from you at your earliest convenience.
Regards
Kirsten.
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Oct 29, 2011 @ 8:20 pm
hi i found out at 20 weeks that i had a short cervix had the cerclage done and a week later i started having contractions i stayed over night and was set home the very next day after i was sent home my water broke i delivered my baby boy the next day he lived for two hours i contracted mrsa in the vagina from the hospital and thats what put me in preterm labor it has been 2 weeks since this happened i am so very angry and scared to try again
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Nov 2, 2011 @ 11:23 pm
I am currently 28 years old and pregnant with twins. My oldest daughter (3 1/2) was born prematurely at 32 weeks. Thankfully she was very strong and we were home 17 days after her delivery. The doctors were not sure what caused her to come early, so with my second pregnancy I had a cerclage at 12 weeks. My daughter (2) was delivered at 39 weeks. I go back in a few days to have another cerclage put on because of my history, the fact that these are twins, and because of some early bleeding. I am of course a bit nervous, but I know my doctor has done many of these procedures and is very well educated in his field. I would do anything to keep these babies healthy and deliver them at full term. The procedure is very quick and only takes a few days to fully recover from. I would highly recommend it to anybody in a similar situation. Having a full term baby and being able to bring her home with us was such a blessing. I am praying that we are able to do the same with our twins.
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Nov 13, 2011 @ 11:11 am
I got a cerclage done Friday morning and today I started having a sore throat and swollen glands, can this cause an infection in my stiching? I am very worried, maybe I should call my doctor?
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Nov 21, 2011 @ 8:20 pm
HI Kirsten,

We decided after my stitch was put in at 13 weeks to not have sex for the remainder of my pregnancy just because we were scared of infection and I had my little girl at 36 weeks as she was pushing down with nothing holding her in but the stitch.Thank goodness for the stitch. I don't know if there is much risk we were just scared and thought we'll just have to make up for it after. Felt like forever though but totally worth it now.

Take care.
Deb
babs
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Nov 26, 2011 @ 4:04 am
HI, THNK U ALL FOR UR TOTS GOVEN ME LOTS OF HOPE. I HAD MY CERCLAGE DONE 2WEEKS AGO N IM TAKIN EACH DAY AT A TYM. LOTS OF REST N TRUST IN GOD TO SEE ME TRU THIS PREGN\NCY
Artresha rusher
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Dec 22, 2011 @ 5:17 pm
What is the best thing to do after having a cerclage?
Moriam
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Dec 25, 2011 @ 3:15 pm
Having lost 4 pregnancies in 3yrs with 3 consecutive failed cerclages at 21,22 and 22 weeks respectively I am thinking of going for an abdominal cerclage
Victoria McAdams
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Jan 8, 2012 @ 8:20 pm
I wanted to know what happens if u go into labor early and have a cerclage? Wht if medication doesn't work to stop contractions and dialition, do thy do a c-section?
Anna
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Jan 14, 2012 @ 3:03 am
In the uk we have a specialist hospital in London called st Mary's .prof. Reagan runs her recurrent miscarriage clinic.you can ask your gp to refer you there is you have had 3 or more miscarriages or 1 per term delivery.They are one of the major research centres for the uk and deal with women with miscarriage problems everyday , they helped me achieve a full term delivery after many miscarriages .
cammy83
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Jan 15, 2012 @ 10:22 pm
Am so sorry for your lost.
I had 3 miscarriage all at approxiamately 22 weeks(mar00,jun01,dec04.until today my lost still depresses me
last thursday my dr told me that i might be pregnant but needs to confirm with blood test.
I was being careful failed plan B.
my periods is 12 days late and am having abdominal pain went from severe to mild. feels like contraction
Slight pink then discharge turn brown lasted a few days.
Am really scared that i might be having an etopic pregnancy.

am worried i hope everything is ok.
I will definiately will need to put the cerclage in.

Please could someone who have had it done before tell me
Can i have sex once the cerclage is in place?
can i do work/exercise/house chores?
approx. weight gain?
please tell me any other info you think i should know.

thanks very much.
cammy83
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Jan 16, 2012 @ 3:03 am
Am so sorry for your lost.
I had 3 miscarriage all at approxiamately 22 weeks(mar00,jun01,dec04.until today my lost still depresses me
last thursday my dr told me that i might be pregnant but needs to confirm with blood test.
I was being careful failed plan B.
my periods is 12 days late and am having abdominal pain went from severe to mild. feels like contraction
Slight pink then discharge turn brown lasted a few days.
Am really scared that i might be having an etopic pregnancy.

am worried i hope everything is ok.
I will definiately will need to put the cerclage in.

Please could someone who have had it done before tell me
Can i have sex once the cerclage is in place?
can i do work/exercise/house chores?
approx. weight gain?
please tell me any other info you think i should know.

thanks very much.
treasure
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Jan 20, 2012 @ 4:04 am
Hi cammy, please rest a lot,tk lots of time off work,take ur meds,stay in bed,lying down.dont lift any heavy thing,eat moderately,fibres,fruits,drink a lot of water,no exercise,have the preg monitored closely and no,no sex!
Lee
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Feb 22, 2012 @ 8:08 am
Hi! I had 3 miscarrige the first one i was 7mnths and went to a Public Hospital in Gauteng and they failed to save my twince. the other i was 5mths and last 1 was 3mths. But know i have a permanent Mcdonald stich after the pregnancy threaten to abort then i gave birth to a very beautiful baby girl. It works and my Gyaeno adviced me to leave it until i stop giving birth, the only thing is i will give all my delivery unnatural.
Deb
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Apr 10, 2012 @ 6:06 am
Hi all,
well 17 weeks and 2 days and had stitch put in at 12 weeks and 5 days and all going well so far. This is my second stitch as our 2nd baby was all thanks to a stitch.She was born at 36 weeks with the stitch needing removing as my cervix was openning and I went into labour, but 36 weeks was far better then the 29 weeks without a stitch with our angel son. Still very nervous and I hate I can't lift our daughter but focusing on a positive outcome of this pregnancy fingers crossed.

Hope everyone is going well.
Terry65
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Apr 10, 2012 @ 9:09 am
If in doubt, please don't take any chances. My first pregancy, I was 23 and wnet into premature labour at 24 weeks, and lost my baby girl after 36 hours. Got preganant again when I was 27, and started bleeding at 12 weeks and had to undergo D&C. My doctor advised me to see him again as soon as I knew that I was pregnant.

When I got pregnant again, I went to see my doctor said I needed to have a shirodkar stitch (SS), and it was done when I was 12 weeks and was hospitalised for bedrest for 10 weeks; my daughter is now 19 years old. Two years later, I got pregnant again and the put the SS and my daughter is 17 years old. With my older daughter, I used to get frequent contractions and backache. I would immediately lay down til I felt ok. With the second one I knew better that rest was the best remedy to discomforts.

Both SS were removed at 37 weeks, with the first one, I went into labour one week later, the second one I delivered the next day. So don't take chances, save yourselves from loss and grief.

Terry
kerrie furner
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May 9, 2012 @ 8:20 pm
i have four kids two where prem first prem 32weeks she is nilly 7 second prem was 34 weeks and is now 4 i have had 2 misscarriges since and i am now 10w and 3d and dr is talking about the stitch. i am really worried about the fact that i have been prone to infection in the passed that this may just onset some form of infection that could cause waht we r trying to stop. i would like to know if the anistetic has to be put into my back or can it be done another way?
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May 15, 2012 @ 8:20 pm
I'm on my 6th pregnancy.im 18 wks.had my cerclage @ 13 wks.thid is my 4th cerclage.da 1st lasted til 33 wks.2nd 36 wks.3rd 33 wks.this time around i noy only had da cerlage im also receiving wkly shots of progesterone to help me get to 37 wkd.they hurt like heck but if it helps me that be great.all my pregnancies have been csections.this will b my 5th csection.only my 1st was delivered naturally.i believe God is 1st in whom we should trust,to huode our pregnancy as far as he wants n 2nd a cerclage is good if it helps u get passed 30 wks.
Judita
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Jun 24, 2012 @ 4:04 am
I hav rily learn more about cervical cerclage,but can it be do wen there is already signs of threaten abortions?
ray
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Jul 10, 2012 @ 9:21 pm
I am 20 going through my first pregnancy. At my 18 week ultra sound to find out the sex of my baby the doctor noticed that my cervix looked a little short so she ended up checking it and saw that it was open my daughter actually put her hand in it when she put pressure on my stomach. Worst news I've every gotten in my life but she said there were things they could do to save me from delivering early. They perscribed me to progesterone for a week to see if it helped my cervix close any. I went back last monday and my cervix had actually opened more so they did an emergency surgery to give me the cerclage. After the surgery I started to have small contractions (that I couldn't feel) so they put me on mag. sulfate and watched me overnight as they went away... So now I am at home on bed rest until further notice I am hoping and praying that I make it through full term. It isn't in anybody's hands but the man about us all and I trust in him enough that he will get myself and family through this. And same to all going though the same situation.

-Rayvn
kiara
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Jul 17, 2012 @ 11:23 pm
I am 21 going through my second pregnancy. After finding out the sex of my baby i found out my cervix was short. So they perscribed me progesterone which i decided not to take. So now i will be going to surgery for a cerclage. I dont know what may happen but i wish for the best this will b my first surgery.
Nessy
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Jul 24, 2012 @ 8:08 am
I blessed by reading your comments. i have been schedule for a cervical cerclage because of my short cervix. my doctor daid he will do it when am 15wks pregnate. I have lots of hopes considering what i have just read. This is my first baby. I'm believing God for a sucessful section.
JJ
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Aug 2, 2012 @ 11:11 am
I hav had 2 successful pregnancies: 1st in Dec 2004. I had an emergency cerclage when I was 4 mth & 2 wks bc my cervice had funnelled and my son had already dropped into the funnel. Was on bed rest for 2 wks with the bed tilted downwards towards my head. then the cerclage, then another 2 wks of bed rest. I went back to work after the bed rest when i was about 5mths + and had my baby at 37 wks. 3 yrs later, I got pregnant again, my dr did not take chances with me at all (it was same dr), cerclage was dn at 13 wks, stayed in de hospital for 2 dys and had rest for another 2 dys and afterwards went back to work and had her at 37 wk +. Now am 12 wks pregant after 4 yrs+ and seing same dr and is already shceduled for cerclage in wk 14. My Nigerian dr is great and God is using her to save lives here. Unfortunately, I was warned to abstain from sex for all those 2 pregnancies because of my perculiar situations. Outside of my official job, I did nothing else at home. Did no shopping, no cooking no house chores at all. My husband was very suportive and it turned out great for us. My kids 7yrs & 4yrs. Please do everything honest within your power to save your baby, it is only 9 months and u will be home & dry. Most importantly, trust the giver of the child - God, and it will be well with you. Good luck
patricia
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Aug 21, 2012 @ 4:16 pm
I'M 21 WKS PREGNANT AND I HAD THIS LEAKAGE BUT MY DOCTOR SAYS HE CANT PERFORM THE CERCLAGE FOR ME BUT TO RELAX,NO WORK,DRINK PLENTY OF WATER AND NO MOVEMENT.ITS MY FIRST TIME AND TWIN AND I DONT WANT TO LOOSE THEM.ANY HELP OR ADVICE PLEASE.GHANA
StarrT2006
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Aug 22, 2012 @ 9:21 pm
Hi. I'm 32 yrs old. I have 6to living children. My first (girl) born 32.5 wks for servere pre-eclampsia and my 2nd (boy) at 38.5 wks, #3 (girl) born at 33w 6d, #4 (boy) born at 38w, #5 (girl) born at 36w 1d, #6 born at 35 wks all with my ex hubby. Had one miscarriage with him: was 13 wks but baby stopped growing at 7wks. Had D&C done 2-15-07. Now my current bf/fiance and I have had 4-54-5 miscarriages (I've lost count) and now we are 22w 6d as of 8-22-12. Had a McDonald cerclage on Monday 8-20 as my cervix was down to 1.5cm (should be 3cm). This is my first cerclage. I may have needed one with previous pregnancies. I've had all 6 of my other kids by c/s. On complete bed rest til delivery. Got to go back to both high risk dr and reg ob on Monday 8-27. Hope this works. Was nervous about the cerclage surgery, but I was in and out in an hr and the placement only took 4min! This is my bf's first baby at the ripe age of 52! We have a son on the way! And hopefully he'll make his debut no sooner than 37 wks. I'm on bed rest with potty privileges only and no sex til delivery. Due 12-20-12.
geraldine g.karan
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Sep 9, 2012 @ 7:19 pm
hi,when i was 19 yrs old i delivery my baby girl. As n0rmal nd n0w she 12 ysr old and few yrs 3times i ab0rti0n, after that, when my age 31 i accept god gift im possitive pregnant i check to my ob baby everything is n0rmal my due date is n0venber 10 when my due time i didnt fell anything,n0 sign,after two week n0v. 23 .9pm i felt pain ,when i reach to h0spital,d0ct0r induce,but i really super the pain .when my baby come out she died.i sow the cord like yellowish. Its pain for me looseng my baby.well, now im pregnant again 6weeks, plz advise me,what to do,im scared ,what happend to my past,will be happend again.
Chasity
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Dec 14, 2012 @ 2:14 pm
Its very interesting to read about others with the same or similar problems as I... My first pregnancy was at 15 and my water broke at home, I was 20 weeks and delivered a babygirl at the ER.. 6months later I found out I was pregnant again and was 4cm at 6months with no signs of labor.. I was hospitalized n put on bedrest for 21 days and the same day they let me up I went back into labor and had my daughter at 29wks6days..due to my incompotent cervix.. She stayed in NICU for 2wks and went to level 2 for 2wks then came home! 5 years later n I jus found out im pregnant and am looking forward to having a cerclage at 16wks..
ann
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Feb 9, 2013 @ 4:16 pm
Am encouraged to have gone all what fellow women have gone through, I lost my 2nd pregnancy when I was 5mnths old, coz the doctor o was seeing couldn't detect the problem I had premature labor thus the cervix opened and o miscarried. Now am 1 mnth pregnant but seeing a different Gynacologist who proposed for the stich at 3mths.am prepared and ready to have my 2nd born. I have faith God will see me through the whole exercise
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Mar 25, 2013 @ 9:09 am
Hi im one womam who also experinced this problems, got 5 miscareages and two ectopic pregnancy the last miscare was on 26 weeks in 2010 when my water broke but baby couldnt came out so my doc sd i need stich but according to him he will do it before I conceive which one is that? can someone help me im afraid to try again but also willing to go ahead where to start? Again tell me the stitch before you conceive, how am i going to fall pregnant because it seems as if after the stich you no sex is allowed.
Kristie
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Apr 1, 2013 @ 3:15 pm
Cerclage placed at 23 weeks. First one IC. My 5th child. Three full term, fourth child 26 weeeker due to ruptured placenta. I had two Leeps done in 2002. Went in with this pregnancy & my cervix went from 3.7 to 2.2 in a week
EVAS
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Apr 20, 2013 @ 4:04 am
Am 32weeks pregnant and i have cervical cerclage .am very much worried whether i will have a normal delivery and give birth to a normal kid .advice me
maryjane
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Jul 15, 2013 @ 3:15 pm
GOT MY CERCLAGE DONE AT ABOUT 12WEEKS. NOW I AM 18WEEKS BUT THE CERCLAGE INFECTED THE AMNIOTIC SACK AND RUPTURED IT AND HAD TO REMOVE THE CERCLAGE. BABY IS STILL ALIVE AND I AM IN HOSPITAL IN STRICT BEDREST, LOSING WATER DAILY. HAS ANYONE EXPERIENCED SOMETHING LIKE THIS I NEED HELP ?
Ally
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Oct 15, 2013 @ 7:19 pm
Lost our first baby at 19 weeks 4 days, bleeding, contraction, cramping and water-broke. Second time around we got an emergency cerclage at 20 weeks and diagnosed with incompetent cervix. Went in to find out the sex of the baby and found out my cervix was close to opening. Went from 3.6 cm to 1 cm in one week. High Risk Doctor took us right in and did a cerclage that night. Now I'm just waiting to see how it goes and hoping there is no infection and we'll be find. Can't afford to lose another baby, good luck everyone.
Shayla
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Oct 16, 2013 @ 4:16 pm
I lost my first baby at 22.5 weeks due to incompetent cervix. 3 Months later we got pregnant with our second baby who is 3 now. The second time around I had a shirodkar cerclage put in at 15 weeks pregnant, I got put to sleep and it went well and was put on modified bed rest for a week following the procedure. The Doctor had said that everything should be good from there on out and I was to be off work at 20 weeks and to do modified bed rest (periods of rest each day). At 21 weeks I had an ultrasound done which showed by cervix had thinned out a lot and I was having minor contractions. I was put on strict bed rest in the hospital and the contractions subsided, 2 weeks later I received another ultra sound hoping nothing would have changed but my cervix thinned out so much it was basically just holding on by the stich after that I stayed on strict bed rest to prevent me from going into labour until 35 weeks at 37 weeks I had the stich removed just at the doctors office which barely hurt and a week later I had me son at 38 weeks.
Shonna
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Jan 18, 2014 @ 9:21 pm
I'm 25 years old and I have had several miscarriages, a stillborn, and two amazing daughters. (5 & 3 1/2 years old)
I am now 15 weeks pregnant and recently had my cercloge done last week. I also had a cercloge placed with my two successful pregnancies. I did not have a cercloge prior with my other pregnancies. I have had 3 miscarriages, one at 12, 13 and 17 weeks. I gave birth to my son who was a stillborn @ 23 weeks. I got my first cercloge with my oldest daughter and carried her full term. I was induced at 39 weeks. My second daughter I ended up goin into early labor. My water broke at 34 weeks.
Candice B
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Jan 19, 2014 @ 10:22 pm
Hello, i got throught my first pregnancy with labour starting on time but was in labour for two and a half days which ended with a emergant c-section. my baby girl didnt want to come out she was turned just slightly to the side so her head wasnt quite facing the right way for delivery and my body wouldnt dilate past 5 cm and swelled to much. But otherwise was born very healthy. i am on my 2nd pregnancy and went for an ultrasound to find out the sex of my baby but never ended up finding out because they noticed my uterus was small. I had totally finish effacement and now all that was left to do was to dilate. I was only 18 weeks and 6 days. The radiologist called my doctor right away when he noticed it and my doctor had them send me to the labour and delivery at the hospital immediately. So my family and I (husband and 15 month old daughter)went straight there! I was confused as to why i was there. i felt fine so i didnt fully understand the severity of why i was there. We waited there til my doctor arrive and when he did. he told me i was gonna go into labour anytime now and wasnt sure what to do about it because of how far along i was and how close i was to dilating. he told me that my baby wouldnt survive if i gave birth now. He also said me to hang tight and that he was waiting on hearing from a speacialist. the speacialist came and told me she wasnt sure what to do with me either. She talked about doing a cerclage but she didnt think i would be elegable for one and that i might have to just wait it out and to be prepared for this to end badly. Bascally that my pregnancy wouldnt last much longer and my baby wouldnt survive. she also told me that she was waiting to hear from other speacailists like her. when she did hear from them. only 1 of them said to go ahead with the cerclage. he came in and spoke to me on how the cerclage is done and what it does and told me to think about it. he left and the first speacailist came back in and ask me what i wanted to do. i decided to go through with it but was very terrified because im doing this aware that the reason no one else thought i was eligable for the cerclage was because they think for sure that will i go into labour and lose the baby while they try to do the surgery. They admitted me for the night and gave me medicine to keep and contractions from coming and the next day at 19 weeks pregnant they did the surgery. i am happy and ever so thankful for those that did this for me because my baby and i pulled through safe and sound. they released me the day next morning after close monitering overnight. Its only been two days since my cerclage was put in. and my baby is doing very well, and kicking lots. I've had very minor small amount of cramping with pain level at 2-3 on a scale 1-10. i see my doctor tomorrow and my specialist who did the surgery (god bless her soul) in a couple of days for a follow up. i promised to blog back with my follow up results and what they have in store for me next. i see from other blogs that i'll prob be closely monitored each week and be given medicine to prevent contractions. but we will see. i also know that we arent out of the ball park yet. i know very well that anything could still go wrong, cause my surgeryhad to be an emergant cerclage which has a lower success rate then those that are eligable. But we are trying to keep our hopes up and taking it one day at a time. my heart heart goes out to all pregnant woman that are going through this, and with the best of wishes for your story to be a successful one with happy endings. hopefully mine will have a Happy ending too.

With fingers crossed,

Candice B..
amy
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Feb 7, 2014 @ 10:10 am
if u had a celonge put in 8days ago do u think it is safe to walk around and go shopping
mariz
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May 23, 2014 @ 9:21 pm
I was 19W2D when I had the mucosy discharged with streak of blood. I went to ER and my cervix was dilated 1cm and the membrane coming out. They gave me an anti-labor pills and was put on trendeluburg position before surgery. They did an emergency cerclage on me 5 days ago where they pushed back the membrane and stitched me closed. The surgery went well and I have no pain. I had pinkish discahrged during 2-3 days and now its just white and mucosy. doc says its niormal. Im still on antibiotics IV for a week, Im on bed rest. also im taking progesterone vaginallu tp help strengthen the cervix. I want to know if theres anyone out there who had has similar case and is successfull and carry their babies full term. Thank you.

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