Pregnancy With IUD Embedded

QUESTION

Dear Midwife,
I am almost seven weeks pregnant and have an IUD embedded in my cervix. What should be my concerns?

I know the Dr. mention that I might have to have my first c-section ever. I am worried that the IUD will effect how the cervix closes. What are the risks?

I meet with the doctor again on Friday. I have been having non-stop doctor visits and ultrasounds. Is this a big problem? What happens if I go into labor with the IUD embedded in the cervix?

They have tried to remove it and it wouldn't come out. I am going out of my mind.

ANSWER

If they have tried to remove it and it isn't coming out, then I guess it's supposed to be there for now. Your cervix is closed now (or you wouldn't be pregnant), so worst case, you will go through the whole thing and everything will be ok with the pregnancy, and then they will be better able to deal with the IUD afterwards.

Until proved otherwise, I'd say to just relax, enjoy becoming a mom, and have a great, healthy pregnancy. You might want to eat, exercise and take care of yourself especially well, just in case you do need surgery for a safe delivery. But other than that, have fun! Going out of your mind will not help your baby :-).

-- Cynthia, CNM. PhD.

Cynthia Flynn

Cynthia Flynn, CNM. PhD, is the General Director of the Family Health and Birth Center which provides prenatal, birth, postnatal, gynecological and primary health care to underserved women and their families in Washington, D.C. Recently Cynthia served as Associate Professor of Nursing at Seattle University. There she not only taught, but remained in full scope clinical midwifery practice at Valley Medical Center where she cared for pregnant and birthing women, and practices well-woman gynecology, family planning, and treatment of sexually transmitted diseases.

Cynthia founded Columbia Women's Clinic and Birth Center, where she took care of pregnant women and infants up to two weeks of age and attended both birth center and hospital births. Before Cynthia earned her CNM, she worked as a registered nurse in labor and delivery and postpartum and is a certified Doula and Doula trainer.