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Hi, I'm new here, and not sure I'm really having a "high-risk" pregnancy, but I do have some concerns.
I'm 19 weeks pregnant, and have had some spotting the last few days. I went in for an ultrasound today and the baby is looking great , but when they measured my cervix it was a little on the short side- 3.2 cm. The Dr. said they like to see at least 3.5 cm, and I'm supposed to come back in 2 weeks for another ultrasound to check the cervical length.
Since I got home, I've been googling , (bad, I know) and it seems like many women with similar cervical lengths at this point are put on bed-rest, while others are told by their doctors that it's no big deal. My doctor said nothing about bed-rest or even "taking it easy" when I asked her. I have a 3-year-old and I can't really "rest" much anyway. Anyone have any experience with this.
__________________ Joyful Mama to 2 Sweet little boys
I have and I know a few others have too. It's not just the length (mine was measured every 2 weeks with my last baby) the doctors look at. The length can change throughout the pregnancy. I was at 2.7 cm at 25 weeks and it actually got over 4 cm during the next several weeks. I wasn't on bedrest at that point, but (by my choice) taking it easier - more resting, limited lifting of heavy objects, limiting prolonged periods on my feet.
The doctors also look for funneling of the cervix, indicating that it might be opening. I was told different things, and opinions vary, but I was told above 2.5cm, above 3.0 cm, and above 3.5 cm are what they look for - depending on the dr and what time of day.
Does this help? Probably not, but what it should do is help easy your worries a little. Every dr is different and that magic number has a range.
Feel free to PM if you want.
BTW - I had a 2.5 yr old DS and an 4.5 yr DD while pregnant in my trimester during summer. I completely understand the difficulty of taking it easy.
Mom to M (6), K (4), and little rose (18 months)
Ditto Dee--during my high-risk pregnancy, mine shortened and then lengthened again. They were following mine closely because my first born was a preemie due to premature rupture of membranes. We don't know why I PROM'd but incompetent cervix was a possible culprit, hence them watching my cervix so closely the second time around. I ended up going a few days overdue, so it turns out my cervix isn't incompetent.
If it were me, I'd ask to be rechecked in a couple of weeks. If it's funneling or shorter, you know something might be up; if not, you'll feel relieved. Plus it's an extra chance to see your baby, which is always fun.
Fingers crossed that the rest of your pregnancy is super boring and you have a gorgeous healthy baby in 21 weeks!
I'm experiencing something similar. I went yesterday and my cervical length was only 2.5cm (I was 17w1d). My doc was concerned and is having me come in to recheck it in one week. I am also now doing Progesterone suppositories (Crinone gel) because that has been shown to help.
I was just told to take it easy....avoid lifting anything above 10 pounds, avoid bending over at the waist, limit my trips up and down stairs, and to rest frequently. I have a 22-month old so this is all very hard as I am used to being extremely active! I'm working on it though....whatever keeps these babies baking as long as possible!
Melissa & DH
IVF babies Claire (3), Abigail (1) and George (1)