Incompetent Cervix

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Concerned - October 17

I seem to worry about every little thing regarding my pregnancy (this is my 1st and I'm at 19 weeks) latest worry is an incompetent cervix. Does anyone know if I could physically tell if my cervix is shortening (I've tried to feel it and it feels a lot farther up than before I got pregnant). Is this normal? Has anyone ever experience an IC and if so, did you have any symptoms? I appreciate any/all info you can share!


bump - October 18



Christy - October 19

My best friend has an incompetent cervix. She lost her baby at 20 weeks. I had never heard of it before it happened to her. She did not have any symptoms. I am currently pregnant. Last July I had to have a surgery to remove part of my cervix and I run a high risk of having an incompitant cervix. I know it can be stressful learning about all of the things that can go wrong, but try not to worry. Have you had a sonogram yet?


Christine - October 23

I am at 19 weeks and was diagnosed with a short cervix during my amnio appt. It was kind of freaky. I'd check with your doctor. They can do a transv____al ultrasound to see for sure if there are problems. Good luck!


Chris - October 24

Please try not to be worried! It is totally normal to worry abou teerything witht the first pregnancy, it is most likely that you do not have an incompetent cervix, but if you are worried, call your OB.


I asked and... - October 24

was told that incompetent cervix is silent (no symptoms usually). I was also told that a 20 week u/s could usually diagnose this issue... my friend had it, and got a cerclage (cervix stiched together in a circle) to hold it closed. They diagnosed her after 2 second trimester losses. She now has two beautiful children!


Trinity - November 6

i am 16 weeks pregnant and i have lost the 2 before this. I had a cerclage which is the st_tch to keep you closed.After my first pregnancy I had a cone biopsy where they removed some of my cervix, i have had problems ever since. My second baby - i had premature rupture of memebranes and labor at 25 weeks, aand the third was at 8 weeks. Unless someone told you that you have a very short cervix when they feel or your cervix has been monitored by a ultrasound with a very full bladder you will not know. Now the st_tch is there I have ultrasounds every two weeks to check that my cervix is still closed. my email is [email protected] if anyone wants to email about this. I would like to know if anyone has had the cerclage before..Good luck


L.S. - November 9

If you see that your discharge has increased or become sticky (like mucus) or if the baby feels like it has dropped lower then you may want to ask your doctor to do a transv____al ultrasound, this will show the length. Also, try not to touch your cervix until after you have seen the doctor for rea__surance. IC is usually not diagnosed until you have a loss, but it is good that you are aware of it. I didn't know there was such a thing in my first pregnancy and just a__sumed everything I was going through was normal. I ended up have a premature delivery (section). Believe me I am not trying to scare you, but at least you are aware of IC which is great. Just talk to your doctor and make sure you limit your activity until you see him/her. I think that on the initial consult that doctors should make you aware of IC as a complication and tell you what to watch for and to "feel" for. I was really upset when I found out about this complication and wasn't at all informed by my doctor about it.


Debbie - November 17

I was just diagnosed with IC. I was 13 weeks pregnant. I have been trying for 3 years to get pregnant at a infertility clinic. I have PCOS which already makes it hard to get pregnant. I did not know anything about IC, but sure wish I did. I had noticed really yellow discharge, but I thought that was normal. Saturday morning I was shopping with my mom and felt the need to go to the restroom. I didn't go, but the baby was coming out. I was rushed to the hospital and it was too late. The baby was already out of my cervix. They gave me medicine to put me into labor so I wouldn't have to have a D&C, which would have damaged my cervix even more. I wish doctors would check for IC earlier than 14 weeks, if they do actually check for it.



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