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March 20th, 2012, 03:11 PM
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At my 21 week check my doctor told me that my ultrasound I had done at 19 weeks looked as though I may have a short cervix, measuring at about 2.6.
She then said they would have me come back for my next regular check up in 4 weeks and have another ultrasound done that day to recheck my cervix to make sure my cervix was indeed short, just in case the ultrasound pictures weren't the best.....I am totally freaked now. I am not saying the doctor lied to me in any way, but I did some research and I have not found one case of someone being measured incorrectly yet Is it a common thing to have a cervix measure too short and it not really be that short? Also, from what I have read, a short cervix can be a really bad thing, so why are they waiting 4 more weeks to confirm it?
This is my second pregnancy and I never had a cervix issue, but I did have preeclampsia and was delivered early and that whole thing turned into an emergency c-section, and was a 26 hour long and horrendous labor that quickly went south in a matter of minutes, so I have heard "traumatic labors" can result in future cervical issues.
So am I being overly worried here, or should I be concerned?
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March 21st, 2012, 06:55 AM
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I am sorry that you are worrying about this. It is not easy to wait 4 weeks to find out if all is o.k....Did they do a transvaginal ultrasound. With my last pregnancy I had placenta previa and that was discovered at my 20 week ultrasound. I was sent a couple of weeks later for a vaginal ultrasound cause they are more accurate to see measurments in that area.
Did they put you on any kind of bed rest ot restrictions. I am sure it is probably o.k. If you are worried, could you call up your Dr.s office and ask them if it would be possible to be seen earlier, cause it is stressing you ...
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March 21st, 2012, 08:51 AM
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I'm sure all is well in your situation, and I don't want to frighten you, but I just wanted to share my experience so that you don't let them make you wait too long if you "feel" something isn't right... with Daniel, my last loss at 19 weeks 2 days, I went in for an u/s at 14 weeks & my cervix was nice & long (so they said) - I really wanted & requested an u/s at 16 weeks because I "felt" something was going on, but I didn't call because I thought I was just being paranoid... at my anatomy scan (18 weeks 2 days) I was funneling and my cervix was too thin for them to do an emergency cerclage -

If you have any feelings that something is going on, I would call & demand that they check... It wouldn't hurt to just know that everything is going smoothly - at the very least keep yourself off your feet and lay down as much as possible keeping the weight of your LO off your cervix...

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March 21st, 2012, 09:22 AM
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The other ladies have given some good advice, and I would add this: a cervix can shorten and then lengthen again, mine did. At one point, it started to get a bit shorter, then at the next scan it was longer. So, don't panic...but it is a good idea to have it checked again in 2 weeks instead of 4. Talk to them about the trauma of your last birth and tell them that having another check would really help you feel less stressed out and scared. If they still say it's not necessary, I wouldn't be opposed to faking labor pains and having an ER trip where you get it checked out.

My oldest was a preemie because of premature rupture of membranes--they don't know why I PROM'd but IC was one of the suspected causes, so with my second pregnancy, they checked my cervix every 2 weeks via a transvaginal ultrasound.

One other thing, because your last was a preemie: talk to them about progesterone shots and whether those might be a good option for you.
~Beth in Seattle

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