Short Cervix Anyone Else

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kasiawojo - January 13

i am 23 weeks pregnant with my 3rd child. i was told on friday my cervix was 24mm, was sent home and my midwife told me to `take it easy`and she would get in touch with an ob for referal. it is now wednesday and i still have not had any contact with anyone. No real information was given as to what a short cervix meant or what the most probable next step would be. i only know the basics from reading credible research journals otherwise my midwife hasn`t been much help. should i keep paging her, is this something i should worry about or just sit tight and look after my two (very young boys) as usual. what does anyone think.

 

bedrestgal - September 8

Well, it's probably too late to help you, since you asked this question last January, but to anyone else reading this forum, I would say that I am plagued with a shortened cervix, but I've already had one successful pregnancy and am now on bedrest with my second. The best thing you can do is listen to your body--and to your doctor. If you feel constant pressure on your cervix or bladder (and I don't know about other women, but during my first pregnancy, I was convinced I had a urinary tract infection because I had the constant need to pee--it was, in fact, pressure from the baby bearing down on my bladder), tell your doctor and get off your feet immediately. And stay off your feet. If the pressure gets too bad, your doctor can prescribe medication like aposolvent and magnesium that will help relax the muscles in your uterus and relieve some of the pain, but the very best thing that you can do for yourself is to stay down. It's a real pain in the a__s, particularly when you have other small children, but so is preterm labour and/or giving birth to a underdeveloped baby. And when I say "stay down," I mean fully down--not propped up or sitting up, but completely horizontal so that as much pressure as possible is taken off the cervix. And remember--it's not good to lie on your back--you should be lying on your sides, left side preferably. I'm no doctor, but I know what it's like to go through a pregnancy with a shortened cervix (last check was 24 mm); during my first pregnancy, I went to 40 weeks and 4 days--proof that it can be done if you take doctor's orders seriously. I'm at 24 weeks this time around and am praying that I can make it through again and have a successful pregnancy.

 

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