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July 17th, 2007, 06:02 PM
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I am new to this board. I am due in November with twin boys and am active on the Nov DDC board but I would like to be more active on this forum as well.

I had an appointment with the specialist today to measure my cervix and I found out it went from 3.4 cm to 2.5 cm. He said not to panic yet that my cervix still seems ok, it has just shortened. He is going to have my regular OB order a urinalysis test to rule out infection (he said that infection can sometimes cause the cervix to shorten). He said he will keep measuring my cervix and I will probably start be monitored for pre-term labor. I have been complaining about menstrual like cramps lately and he said those could be early contractions and I need to start monitoring them and to call the doctor if they get worse or I start bleeding or passing watery discharge. I am still to remain off my feet (but I am not on full bedrest yet, just modified bedrest right now).

Has anyone else been through this? If my cervix is already shortening at 23 weeks what are my chances carrying these babies to term (or at least until they are healthy enough to take home after birth and not have problems).

Has anyone else had menstrual like cramps yet?

I know the doctor says not to panic, but that is SO much easier said then done. Any feedback would be appreciated.

Please keep me and my babies in your thought and prayers. Thanks!!!


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July 17th, 2007, 11:36 PM
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Am Lakshmi, popping from December DDC: i think i'll be constant visitor to this board as well... Hope to join you all here.

Well mine is a slight variant ... am 17wks preggo after 4 yrs of trying with PCOS, clomids and other meds and IUI. So when my fertility specialist refered me to new obgyn after getting PG, she mentioned about a "maybe" needed cerclage. With that said, i was measured 4.3 cm in my 14th week. but my new obgyn hasnt ruled out the complication until the next scan in a couple of weeks... the scary part was that shez saying "well lets see .. even if gets 1cm less, we'll put a stitch" ... wondering what a kinda obgyn is she..... why in the world wud i require if my cervix goes short by 1cm?? I came to know [though not from my obgyn] that cervix measuring less than 2.5 may require a cerclage.. but not otherwise.

With that said, i think ur doc makes more sense... its best to get monitored.

I too need answers [coz am a firsttime mom-to-be] for
"If my cervix is already shortening at 23 weeks what are my chances carrying these babies to term (or at least until they are healthy enough to take home after birth and not have problems). "

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July 18th, 2007, 05:27 AM
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Having had major problems I can tell you flat out....Doctors telling you not to panic, don't.When there is a serious issue they have no problems what so ever telling you in as blunt a manner as possible to panic.So don't. Perhaps you need less activity in your life. The more time you spend on your feet the more pressure you place on your cervix. Especially with twins. If your goal is to make it to term you need lessen the pressure on the cervix time.

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July 18th, 2007, 10:42 AM
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I don't have personal experience with this, but there are a couple girls in my DDC that are going through this.

One girl is pregnant with her first - with just one baby - and around 24 weeks (I think) her cervix shortened to about 1.5cm. She has been on pretty close to full bedrest since then and is now about 27/28 weeks pregnant. She had her cervix checked last week and there was no change. Which is good - its not getting worse. Her baby is also head down and engaged since 24 weeks. But with the bedrest, everything is staying a-ok. So far it looks like she will go full term or pretty darn close to it.

We have another girl that is on somewhat modified bedrest due to cervical problems. She has a history of pre term labor and cervix problems with her other 2 pregnancies - that with bedrest she delivered healthy babies.

So bedrest is really critical in helping keep the baby in there. And remember that sitting is the same as standing, so you want to be as horizontal as possible.

I have had menstrual like cramps almost 2 weeks ago. It was so bad, with headaches on top of it, that I had to go to L&D to get checked out. I got no answers there. But when I saw my doc the following week, he told me it was round ligament pain - since there were no contractions being picked up during my monitoring at L&D. But that was just my experience, yours can be different. But that is partly what it could be as well.
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July 19th, 2007, 06:36 AM
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oh too funny
I just told someone else sitting was the same as standing
and you are right because the pressure is still on the cervix
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July 19th, 2007, 09:40 AM
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I have IC and have had two preemies (my second preemie was not from IC I had a cerclage but got Pre-E) With me my doctor puts you on complete bed rest if your cervix goes below 2.7. With my Son I had cerclage and I went down past 2.7 and was put on bed rest at 25 weeks. I know your doctor says not to panic but please be pro-active in your care and demand things when you feel you need it. Also there is no way to perdict when you could have the baby. I have known women to go down to 1 cm and still end up carring the baby to term. Did they say if you have started to funnel at all along with the shortening.
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July 19th, 2007, 12:51 PM
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Did they say if you have started to funnel at all along with the shortening.[/b]
The specialist did not mention anything about funneling. I go to my regular OB on Monday and I hope they explain my situation a little more to me then and what will/may happen.
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I am new to the web site and to the board.. I am currently TTC, but i have lots of info in shortening of the cervix...A cerclage was not an option for me, instead the Maternal Fetal medicine dr..highly recommended a certain drug that is not commonly used in pregnancy 17P.. for some unknown reason it keeps the cervix just right, well at least in my case..for awhile to get me to 32 weeks...but it was no walk in the park..weekly injections...so i have lots of experience in this..if anyone needs any answers i might have them...though i'm not a medical professional..just some who went through it............
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July 26th, 2007, 05:22 AM
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First off, congrats on your twin pregnancy!!!! I have twin girls who are now 2 and I was a high risk pregnancy with shortening cervix, PTL and bedrest.

My cervix was measuring about 2.5 at my 20 week peri apt. I was scared to death. The only restriction the peri put on me was no more sex b/c of the shortening cervix, but I was still allowed to work (desk job) and nothing else was modified. They told me the "danger" zone they look for is under 2.0.

At 27 weeks, I was 1 cm dilated, so I was put on home bedrest. I started having PTL at 30 weeks. I spent 30-32 weeks in the hospital on bedrest with constant monitoring. They released me at 32 weeks and I was 2 cm dilated and 80% effaced. I went back in 2 days later and spent another 4 days in the hospital on terb to keep the contractions down. I was released again. I went back in 2 days later (do you see the pattern here...lol) with some pretty bad contractions...about 33w4d. I was put on mag sulfate this time. They took me off of that at 34 weeks and the contractions started in full force and could not be stopped any longer. They checked me when I was 34w1d and I was 4 cm 100% effaced and they did a c-section b/c of positioning.

My babies were born 6 weeks early. They were 3#14oz. and 4#8oz. They both spent 17 days in the NICU as growers/feeders. They didn't need any form of O2 or have any medical problems. So, it was kind of a blessing in disguise.

I wish you the best of luck. Just take it easy. I know a twin mom who was dilated at 25 weeks and spent 4 weeks in the hospital...they sent her home at 34 weeks and told her she would have them any day....she got to 38 weeks and had to be induced and took her babies home with her 2 days later! So, anything can happen. Keep your chin up and keep those babies cookin!
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