Incompetent CervixWhat can be done to fix an incompetent cervix?
During pregnancy, the cervix is supposed to be tightly closed until right before delivery when it will begin to dilate. A growing baby not only puts pressure on your back, abdomen and other muscles, the weight also puts pressure on your cervix. Sometimes the pressure will cause the cerivx to dilate prematurely. This condition is known as incompetent cervix or weakened cervix. An incompetent cervix occurs in approximately 1 out of 100 pregnancies. Because doctors do not generally check for an incompetent cervix during an exam, it is usually not diagnosed until a miscarriage has occured. However, this is not always the case. Some women will know ahead of time that their cervix is weakened. A doctor can diagnose the condition with a pelvic exam or ultrasound exam if there is reason to believe that an incompetent cervix might be an issue.
An incompetent cervix can be caused by damage during a previous birth or a previous surgery on the cervix. A previous D&C from a miscarriage or abortion may also lead to an incompetent cervix in some cases. Some women are born with a defect in their cervix that can cause the condition as well. Women that have been exposed to DES (Diethylstilbestrol) are more likely to suffer from an incompetent cervix as well.
Women that suffer from an incompetent cervix have a higher chance of miscarriage and preterm delivery. To treat an incompetent cervix doctors will perform a cerclage. A cerclage is a procedure in which the doctor will sew the cervix closed with sutures to reinforce the cervix and prevent it from dilating to early. Most doctors will perform the cerclage when the mother is in her 14-16 week of pregnancy and remove the stitch once she has reached the 36-38 week. If the cervix has already dilated to 4 cm or the amniotic fluids have ruptured, a cerclage can not performed. Although rare, there are a few complications that are involved with a cerlcage. Having a cerclage can put a woman at higher risk for uterine and bladder rupture, premature labor or early rupture of membranes.
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65 days ago.
dmayala- hey there woman. Congrats!. Crazy isn't it. We are both due in April. This site is so slow, makes me sad. I've been active on BabyCenter. Not sure if you are there or not. If you are, and you join the April 2016 birth group, my name is LooLoosmom email@example.com
130 days ago.
beegee- Its dmayala....haven't been on in forever but thought I'd check! Your pregnant again? me too this time i'm due April 19, 2016! I am on bed rest for hopefully only 2 weeks I just got the TAC! so excited to have a semi normal pregnancy! beegee
194 days ago.
hi ladies. I hope you are all well bebriel trying
401 days ago.
hi.. we've been 10months married now but we've been more than 3 years living together.. and we are looking forward to conceive a baby this year or i might say this month.. i hope this site could help.. carlos-erin
630 days ago.
Begee almost 1.5 In June they will actually be 1.5 but its 2 girls and boy. They are getting into everything. how are your little ones doing?
632 days ago.
dmayala- good luck TTCing, I want to be there too, but we'll see. monika- I hope all is still well with you. erin- 1.5 already? Holy moly!!! Time flies. Every time I watch Greys Anatomy I think of you and your boys. carlos-erin
634 days ago.
That's awesome. Love being able to be pregnant & get to enjoy the pregnancy like everyone else does. For us everything is good very busy. We used to have a lot of Dr. appts since they were born so early but now they are basically just catching up & every once in a while we see a specialist
649 days ago.
carlos~ Wow 1.5 how is everything./? must be a handful but double the smiles :O)) ~~ all is well with me got my TAC last may took 7 months to get preggy but now i have had NO bed rest .. so awesome 22wks now and feeling good :O)) carlos-erin
653 days ago.
Glad everyone & their babies are doing so good. My little ones are almost 1.5 years now. They are growing up so fast! Monika01 how is your pregnancy been going?
681 days ago.
Monika- congrats! HOpe all is well! Beegee glad to hear you are well! As for me my 3 are great the baby is already 9 months and such a mamas boy...we are ttc so hopefully in a few months we will see! monika01
714 days ago.
hi beegee~ yes it does scare me but i am looking forward to two lil ones:O) i am 13 wks now… going ok going on bed rest for a few months…due in sept. but csection for 36/37 wks… i am having some new sensations with the tac.. but glad i have it... beegee
715 days ago.
monika- Hard..hard..hard. Remember the days of sleeping when baby is sleeping? Yup, those days are gone. When my 2 yr old goes down for a nap, the newborn just happens to want to nurse. And after she eats, guess what the 2 yr old is waking up. No alone time. Having a hard time spending time with them each individually. And trying to get out of the house is a job in itself. But I LOVE MY GIRLS! So worth the pain and lack of sleep to watch my 2 yr old playing with the baby. I really am lucky that I have such beautiful and smart baby girls. How are you doing? Monika01
750 days ago.
thanks bee gee~ i am happy to have my first and last tac baby. still will be on bed rest from 16-24 and moderate after but thats ok. my ob says its not a bad idea after seeing my cervix turns out its off to the side cand under the uterus more then it usually is .. which will mean extra pressure especially with my big big baby history . how is having 2 children???? i am so scared..lol beegee
757 days ago.
monika- I'm finally back... congrats congrats congrats
779 days ago.
hallo ladies, anyone on here?? i am now 4/5 wks pg with my first TAC baby! monika01
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854 days ago.
Hey ladies, I'm so sorry I've been MIA. I have birth to my daughter Autumn Marie Rory MacMillan at 7:01pm, Friday Oct 4, 2013. I was 38wks 6days. I haven't been on a real computer lately, so when I get a chance I will write her birth story. Hope everyone its doing well
863 days ago.
Can I just check ladies, a lot of talk about Cerclage Pessaries as an alternative to the stiches.
I have found 2 different Cerclage Pessaries:
and this one
Does anyone know what the perforated ones for? Which one is better and what determines which one you need?
Thank You. xx monika01
891 days ago.
dmayla~ ya 2 months.. wow that is so fast ~ yes i know.. i am trying not to focus on it. applied for school. and doing 'it' every 2 days to help./.. so well see/ i wish i had gone with a tac during pg./.. bc yes it makes a difference. the scar tissue the stress the all of it !! but it will happen eventually.. ~~ ya for all those still cooking ~ dmayala
893 days ago.
Wow so glad to hear all is well with you ladies! beegee- good to hear your still cooking! Monika -when you dont try it will just happen! Carloserin how are the babies? Good luck to all the new ladies on the board! As for me i met with the doctor who will be doing my TAC and he said he perfers to do them while pregnant as to avoid any complications with fertility, he also said that he will do both a TAC and a TVIC to make sure! Well bryson is 2 months old already and weighs 9 lbs hes only breastfed so I am happy that hes gaining weight good doctor did have me adding neosure to breastmilk to make my milk more calories but stopped that since he refuses to take a bottle anymore! I posted some pics of the boys finally! soontobemommyof6
905 days ago.
baby girl is head down (now questioning if she ever was breech) but 37 weeks monday, stitch removal set for 1030 am Monday, and if it's like the last one, I should be holding my baby girl a few short hours after! carlos-erin
905 days ago.
Beegeee-32 weeks is awesome. Loves the TAC with my son it was such an easy pregnancy. Monika good luck and hopefully this is it. If not I do know you can get the tests a lot easier through co-ops on facebook when there is a buy for them going on.
906 days ago.
monika- keep positive