10 Replies
Veronica - July 18

Hello ladies, I lost my first son at 19 weeks. Found out today that he was completly healthy (no chromo problems at all). If I had only known about the cerclage earlier, I would not have gone through this. It is clear that I have to change doctors and get one that is far more attentive. But ladies, I need info on this thing. Any one have one??? Any one carried to term with one???? Any thing that I should think about before getting one???


Mrs B - July 19

http://folsomobgyn.com/cervical_cerclage.htm has some info on it if that helps. I am sorry for your loss it must have been terrible for you. I presume you have a weak cervix? I suppose unfortunately it might not be obvious until you have been pregnant? I am very sorry.


Kellie - July 25

I had a cerclage for my 5th pregancy after 2 mc's and loosing a son 22wks and daughter 16wks. the cerclage wasn't painful or anything and if it's a incompetent cervix you have it can be a miracle treatment. But like with everything else no one knows for sure why we loose are little ones, it's a lot of trial and error. Unfortunately we discovered my cervix was not the problem so even with the cerclage in I lost my son Luc at 24wks. But do your research and if it's your cervix make sure your Dr keeps close eye on it. good luck & God Bless.


Alison - July 26

Hi Veronica-firstly my sincere sympathy for the loss of your little boy. I recently miscarried for the third time (no children) and although our little ones were not as far on as your little boy (9 wks, 8 1/2 wks & 10 wks) and so it is not quite the same as your loss, I do know the pain and loss of losing a baby during pregnancy and my heart goes out to you. A woman I work with had a cervical st_tch. She had had trouble conceiving following an ectopic and also was aware she had an incompetent cervix (I think through surgery she had had years ago I didn't like to ask) anyway she managed to conceive again and it was not ectopic and all was well. At around 12 weeks I think it was she went in for the cervical st_tch. She gave birth to a healthy baby boy a few months ago (she was due just 2 weeks after my 2nd lost baby was due) I pray the operation will prove to be the success for you that it has been for many other women and I wish you a healthy happy pregnancy very soon. I am so sorry for your loss of your son. Kellie I wanted to say hello to you too. I saw a post from you on another question and read of your babies you have lost-I had a lump in my throat to read of how you have gone through such a horrific loss over and over again I can't begin to tell you how sorry I am. The way you wrote in your other post about the privellege of carrying your babies for the 16, 19, 22, 24 weeks you had them and being able to hold them is beautiful. To be able to see things from that perspective makes it clear you are a very special person but I'm sure your heart aches from it all. I pray with all my heart that your current pregnany (you're 9 weeks did you say?) will be healthy, full term and deliver a healthy child into your arms for you to have the chance to love for much longer than a day, and who you won't have to day goodbye to. You deserve that happiness so much. I felt very privelleged to carry our little ones for the short time I did and was amazed at the miracle of life going on inside me! I thanked God every day, but I long to carry a child to term one day. God bless you xxx


sarah - July 26

Hi veronica, I am having a cerclage my next pregnancy at 12 weeks. I too lost my son at 19 weeks same as you!! I have since been to a specialist and am also going to a hemotoligist! I have been researching this sinse I lost my baby 5 months ago! If you want some really great websights books ect you can e mail me directly at [email protected] ill give you some really great things Ive readYoull be fine!! Sarah


lynne - September 20

Hi Kellie-I am sorry sorry for your losses. I know what you are going through. I had my first son at 22 weeks then gave birth to my second son at 24 weeks. He lived for five months before he died of complications due to being born pemature. I had a cerclage put in for my second pregnancy but I think they put it in too late I was already five months pregnant.I went into labor and athough my water never broke and neither did my cerclage my whole bag of water was bulging out around my cerclage.I went in for an emergency c section and now was told they had to give me a vertical cut to get to the baby. I want to have children but I am so scared.The doctors don't know if I am having preterm labor or have an incompetent cervix. They also told me that my risk of uterine rupture is higher due to the way I was cut. I am trying to get pregnant now again it has been almost three years since I lost my second son. I will be 31 soon and worry about complications as I get older. I have seen many high risk doctors the past couple of years and they can't find anything wrong with me. Am I stupid to try again? My fear is I will go through the same thing and it took me a long time to get over the deaths of my sons.


Lynne - September 20

Hi Veronica. I am also dealing with the loss of my son. I was 24 weeks pregnant and woke up with mucus/blood running down my leg. I went to the hospital and I was dialated to 6 cm and an emergency cerclage was put in. The doctor double st_tched it but unfortunately my water broke 3 days later. I delivered my son by vertical c section later that afternoon. Luke was born at 1lb 12 3/4 oz. Luke was 25.1 weeks old when he was born on July 19, 2005. He developed a condition in the NICU called NEC and died on 08/31/05. I too have been diagnosed with an incompetent cervix. I asked my doctor why the cerclage didn't work when it was placed and she said because my cervix had thinned out too much. She said that the baby "broke through" which is the term they use for what happened. She said in my case that my cervix has already gotten thick again and I am a perfect candidate for the cerclage. She said that the cerclage would be placed at anywhere from 12-14 weeks of pregnancy. The key is to have it placed as early as possible as I understand it. The problem with an incompetent cervix is that you cannot be diagnosed as having it until you become pregnant. This was my first pregnancy and I was having a lot of movement way down low in my body, of course I thought this was natural because I didn't feel bad. I did have an increase in discharge as well. But I called my doctors office and they said it was perfectly normal to have the discharge. With my vertical C I was told to wait a year until I ttc again. I think each physician is different in the time line on waiting though. I hope that all goes well for you and I will say a prayer for you as well.


Pennie - September 23

Hi Lynne. I hope that your next attempt goes better. I am on my 2nd attempt after losing my 1st son at 21 1/2 weeks. The doctors were also going to place an emergency cerclage in but my water broke the night before. I'm now 28 wks (cerclage was put in at 11 weeks) and doing okay. My cervix has thinned out to 1.5 cm but the st_tch stopped it from thinning out more, so I've been on bed rest for the past 3 weeks. I think the thing with emergency cerclages when you've already started to dialate is that infection/bacteria has gotten up into your uterus and that cause the full out rupture of membranes and labor. So hopefully the cerclage keeps all that bad stuff out and stays in place. 32 weeks is the goal at this stage of the game. So next time around rest a__sured that things should be more in your favor and you'll get to see your baby a lot w/ultrasounds : ) I hope the best for you- take care.


Margo - October 6

hi, I"m very sorry for your loss. I went into preterm labor with my first pregnancy, although i had no idea. Luckely, I had dr's appt that day and while he was performing some tests he noticed that i was 1 cm dialeted. So I was sent to the hospital for an emergency cerclage at 21 weeks. After the cerclage I had to be on the strict bedrest till 36 weeks. Now with my next pregnancy i have to have cerclage put it at 12-14 weeks and take it easy. Which means no lifting, no exercising, no s_x. Cerlage is normally put in after the 1st trimester, so that there are no chances of miscariage. Bedrest is hard. I had 2 preterm labor incidents during my bedrest. I had to go to the hospital where they monitored me and gave some shots to stop preterm labor. Good luck.


Anita - October 11

Hi, Veronica, I am sorry to hear about the lost of your son. To give you a little insight about your question. I have had a cerclage before with my third son. I miscarried 22 wks with my second son. My doctor told me right then that I would have to have a cerclage in place if I became pregnant again. I found out I was pregnant Jan. 2001. At 13 wks I had the cerclage placed and put on strict bedrest. No lifting, strenuous activity, no constant moving around and definitely NO s_x!!!. I was seen every 2 wks and had lots of tests and sonograms done to ensure that everything was okay. I prayed a lot and just did what I needed to do and I did not hesitate to call my doctor if I thought something was not right. I did develop a UTI , which can also cause miscarriages, but I got medicines to help clear that up. At 37 wks. I had the cerclage removed and I was 3 cm. The baby did not want to come then, so I did not deliver him until 39 wks. He is now a healthy 4 year old. Just ask lots of questions and research. You know your body better than anyone. If you know the value of prayer, you can pray your child into existance. I'm a living testimony of what God can do. God Bless You and continue to pray for the health and well-being of your future children. "God won't put more on you than you can bear."


shaletta - November 1

Hi Veronica, i have a cerclage right now. It will be taken out in 3 weeks. I am 9 months . Before, i lost 2 babies. I have an incompetant cervix. I found out too late. I have a soon to be be 3 year old girl, and i had a cerclage with her also. So it works. With this pregnancy i haven't had any problems. The cerclage is painless, they put you under. and when you awake it will be in. But, i must warn you. When they take it out you do not get any medication. It was quite painful, but worth it, since i had a healthy daughter. She was full term and this will be also. As i said i'm 9 months and about to burst. You will need to get plenty of rest once the st_tch is in, no s_x, because the orgasms could cause contractions. And a pregnancy belt( similiar to a girdle) is also recommended. To help keep the weight off the cervix. I wish you luck. Please let me know how it goes. I would receive the procedure again in a heartbeat. It should be a piece of cake. Both of mine went fine.



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