Post # 1
I have had very irregular cycles all last year, so when I found out I was pregnant I had no idea how far along I was. So my doctor scheduled an ultrasound to find out how far along I am and they found out that I have a short cervix. So I have to get another ultrasound before my 20 week ultrasound to see if it is longer.
I am a little worried about this, although I have an appointment in two weeks were I can ask my actual doctor (not nurse pract.) about it. I was just wondering if anyone else has or does have this.
Post # 3
It turns out that I have an incompetent cervix and I lost my baby at 20 weeks and 6 days. I actually went into labor because of an infection in my aminotic fluid. I take it no one in this form has had this problem since no has replied.
I have blogged my whole story so far if anyone is interested just PM me and I’ll send you the link.
Post # 4
I just wanted to say that I am very sorry for your loss. HUGS
Post # 5
So sorry for your loss. Have you tried checking pregnancy forums? Maybe you can find others who have been through what you have- it helps to have a support network with something so heartbreaking.
Post # 6
@Engaged_With_Love: I’m really sorry for your loss.
Post # 7
So sorry to hear your news.
I also have a short cervix (but due to surgery–had early stage cervical cancer) and was told if I ever got pregnant, they would probably have to sew my cervix closed in order for me to carry to term. I guess it’s not really quite as simple as that, unfortunately…
Post # 8
I am sorry for your loss.
Incomptenent cervix is not that uncommon. What it means is that as the fetus grows and the uterus enlarges, the cervix is not able to stay closed. A miscarriage usually follows.
Once the problem is diagnosed, with a futue pregnancy they put a suture called a Shirodkar , or purse string suture though the cervix to keep it closed.
When you reach term ,they remove the suture-generally planned for before you go into labour.
Here’s some reliable health information:
Post # 9
Thanks ladies.I have been on some pregnancy forums but thought maybe if someone else was having the same problem that we could relate.
I spent the first two weeks after delivering her doing research. My doctor knew at 10 weeks that I had a short cervix and decided to check it again in the middle of my 17th week when it was too late. There is only one maternal fetal medicine office in my area so I am having some consultations with a few specialist near my parents (where I am from). With future pregnancies I will be staying with my parents until my husband can tranfer out there.
I don’t mean to sound snarky but I did not have a miscarriage. It might seem stupid to someone who has not dealt with this but it was not a miscarriage. I was in labor, i felt labor pains, I gave birth to my daughter (by myself because the stupid nurses weren’t listening to me), I held my daughter who was alive. She only lived for 23 minutes. The autopsy showed cause of death was actually pnuemonia, she developed an infection in her lungs from the infected amnio fluid. Even if she didn’t have the infection in her lungs she wouldn’t have lasted long. My daughter has a birth and death certificate and a social security number. I wonder what would have happened had they given me preventative antibiotics…
Post # 10
@Engaged_With_Love: I apologize if I caused you any hurt. I was using the medical definition of miscarriage.
“A miscarriage is any pregnancy that ends spontaneously before the fetus can survive. A miscarriage is medically referred to as a spontaneous abortion. The World Health Organization defines this unsurvivable state as an embryo or fetus weighing 500 grams or less, which typically corresponds to a fetal age (gestational age) of 20 to 22 weeks or less.”
Having had 2 miscarriages myself, one at 12 weeks and one at 19 weeks, I assure you that I have empathy for your situation.
As a nurse I also know that women who “miscarry” go through labor- although it may be shorter than a regular delivery (depending on the age of the fetus) and also grieve for the loss of their baby.
The issue of birth and death certificates is a legislated one. The absence of a birth and death certificate for a baby lost at 19 weeks does not make their loss any less.
Now that your situation has been diagnosed, I wish you the best in the future.
Post # 10
Engaged_With_Love: hi I know you posted along time ago but I just found out after an Erpoc for miscarriage that I have a short cervix only 1cm long so I am worried about future pregnancies just wondering how you was doing and if you have had any more pregnanciws and how they went thanks 🙂