If you are looking for more information on how to carry full term with an incompetent cervix then you’ve come to the right place.
Do you have an incompetent cervix?
Unfortunately, I found out about this the hard or the hardest way I should say: I got pregnant and had a miscarriage at 3 months of pregnancy.
Do you know how painful this is both physically and mentally?! Let me tell you: worst pain ever, especially when you wanted that baby so much…
It was devastating and extremely traumatizing to me. And to make it even worse it happened when I was finishing Dental Hygiene School, which meant I was caught up with all the stress of the board exams.
I knew I would try to have a baby as soon as I had the doctor’s approval, and I think this was what kept me still in pieces.
WHAT EXACTLY IS AN INCOMPETENT CERVIX?
Mayoclinic states that it “occurs when weak cervical tissue causes or contributes to premature birth or the loss of an otherwise healthy pregnancy”.
This accurately describes my situation.
I GOT PREGNANT – I got pregnant for the first time using my long-researched method, but 3 months later I miscarried.
The cramps, which turned into excruciating contractions by the time I got the ER, started around midnight. I had no idea about what was going on and not for one second I wanted to think about my pregnancy being at risk.
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Besides, who even knew I had an incompetent cervix?!
I MISCARRIED AT 3 MONTHS – As I was laying in bed in the emergency room (they put me on morphine, that’s how bad the pain was) waiting for the ultrasound results (they previously did an ultrasound, but refused to tell me if there was still a heartbeat) I had a spontaneous miscarriage.
Devastating! Even to this day, it is hard for me to remember those moments. No woman should go through that!
I GOT PREGNANT AGAIN – The ER doctor who took care of me became my OBGYN. I went to him for follow-ups after that sad episode.
Since I was already informed that I miscarried because of an incompetent cervix, I asked my doctor for help and I got it.
Once I got pregnant the second time using my method ( I waited 3 months before trying to get pregnant per my doctor) I took all precautions to make sure I wouldn’t lose the pregnancy again.
In order to treat my incompetent cervix my doctor recommended the following:
- progesterone injections– done once a week up until week 22 ( I had them done in my thigh area and they were pretty painful, but I was willing to put up with anything to keep my baby).
- cerclage– after I stopped the injections, he stitched my cervix in the hospital under an epidural and I was released a few hours later the same day. It was removed at 38 weeks of pregnancy. Coincidentally, the same exact day I lost my mucus plug and 3 days later I gave birth.
- frequent ultrasounds– because I had a high-risk pregnancy, they closely monitored my fetus and did more frequent ultrasounds.
I did all of these and had a perfect, healthy pregnancy. One of my ex-classmate’s sister had an incompetent cervix as well and had multiples miscarriages.
She only did the injections and she still had a healthy pregnancy. If you previously know you have an incompetent cervix make sure you advise with your doctor and make the right decisions towards a healthy pregnancy.
There is no exact cause for having a soft cervix and you should not feel different in any way.
Some women are born like that and I am one of them.
Don’t either feel guilty or sick, because it cannot be prevented.
Instead, it can be controlled and that’s exactly what you should do if you find yourself having to deal with this: sick medical help!
Until next time,