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I'm Nicole and relatively new here. I'm 13 weeks pregnant today.
Today I had to see the specialist to have my first trimester testing done (even though today marks the first day of my second trimester.) But I digress...
So they were checking to see if the baby was growing at the right speed, etc etc. and they did a sonogram to check the babies neck (I guess from what I was told, it's to see if there is liquid collecting, and if so it's supposed to signal there may be a issue?) The baby wasn't cooperating though and wouldn't get in the right position to see the neck clearly. He said he was able to see the babies nose bone, which apparently is a good sign. So I have to go back NEXT thursday to have the "harmony" test done. It's a blood test that in combination with the sonogram is supposed to detect down syndrome. Also, he mentioned that I have short cervix. He wants to recheck it when I go next thursday to make sure it's not getting any shorter. If it does he wants to put me on bed rest for a few weeks and possibly put a cerclage in place. I have mixed emotions of happy and sad/nervous.....
If anyone here has ever had a cerclage can you please explain to me what I should expect, Words of wisdom or advise please??
I just had my first cerclage placed with this pregnancy at 14 weeks 2 days because I had a loss due to IC (incompetent cervix, where the cervix just effaces and dialates without warning). I was so scared in anticipation of it, but it really wasn't as bad as I was thinking it would be.
My OB likes to do the placement under general anethesia, which worked for me since I didn't want to be awake for it, but many doctors use a spinal, which I have heard is very uncomfortable afterwards because it takes several hours to regain movement. I was in & out in less than 3 hours... I had very light spotting and minor cramping for less than 24 hours (both normal) and was on bed rest for two days after & then was able to resume normal activity - although I cut normal down a lot! I now get bi-weekly u/s to check cervix length & have a weekly P17 shot (progesterone).
You can feel free to PM me if you have more specific questions...
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