Threatened Miscarriage, Cerlage and Bedrest

QUESTION

Dear Midwife,
This is my first post here and finally decided to write as I seek answers.

I am 19 weeks 4 days with our first child. I bled at the end of September and was told that I have a threatened miscarriage. I bled again at the end of October and was told that I will be having a miscarriage. Since October I have not bled at all.

I have had numerous ultrasounds and the baby is fine however, I have a shorten cervix. I was told about my cervix in the middle of November and again was told that I will have a miscarriage. I went for another ultrasound at the beginning and on Christmas Eve and still have a short cervix. Again the doctors told me I was going to have a miscarriage.

I have my next appointment on Thursday and am very nervous about the appointment. Sine my November appointment (when I found out about my shorten cervix) I have been on bed rest. I have suggested having the cerclage done and told me it wasn't a good idea because it is my first pregnancy. I then asked again at my last appointment and told me that it won't be safe to have it done.

I feel the baby moving, and not really having any pains but the only thing that I did notice in the past couple of days is this wave/pulse like in my lower abdomen/vagina area. (Will be asking the doctor on Thursday) I am not sure if it is contractions or what. Other then that I feel fine and but of course getting really bored and lonely in the house since there is no one home during the day and no one really to call because everyone is at work. At least I have the computer but even that, I can't sit for long period of time.

O boy, I wrote a lot. I hope that I can get some answers. What do you think about this odd situation? Has anyone every had or heard of this?
Thank you so so much

ANSWER

Unless you have started to dilate, I don't know why anyone is worrying. Many women with short cervixes do just fine, and since they didn't think you needed a cerclage, things are probably fine.

That said, I have never examined you and I am only going by what you say, and may not have all the facts. Good luck!

-- Cynthia, CNM

Comments

Threatened Miscarriage

I just went through something like that and it scares me to death.

My last period was the week on the 14th in December..I found out I was pregnant on Jan 23rd. I went to the ER on Sunday because I was spotting and I had mild cramps so I just wanted to be safe. I was there for 8 hours, they told me that the bleeding and cramps were normal but they did an ultrasound to make sure that it wasn't a ectopic pregnancy and they told me that I may have a miscarriage because either I am only 5 weeks pregnant which doesn't add up or my baby stopped growing at 5 weeks because on the ultra sound they didn't see the heartbeat and by 7 weeks they should. So now I am totally freaking out.

I waited so long for this baby and I feel like I cant even be excited because what if something happens. I am hoping that they were wrong or it was to early to tell because he had hard time finding the baby to begin with.They also said that my hormone levels are high and they sent me home.

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.