Ich - I had mine at 12+3 also they should keep you in for 24 hours to make sure you don't go into ptl. Apparently light bleeding for 4-5 days is normal (pinkish brown). So far I'm on track except I hav a sensitive cervix that bleeds to the touch according to a couple docs who've examined me before so reckon I will bleed longer. I'm now on bedrest only sitting up for meals , toilet, daily shower. Am supposed to work from home next week but thinking about telling them to get stuffed until my consultants appt next Wednesday afternoon after I see what he says....
thanks for replying hun.. i am going to double check with doc at next appointment (not till july 26th =[ =[ that i will be there overnight. is it normal to be on bed rest a few days after surgery or are you on bed rest for the rest of the pregnancy?
Hi everyone, Ich it's not common to be funneled as early as 12wks, but theoretically possible to have shortened by then. I've come across it occasionally but it's rare - most problems come after about 15wks, and usually around 18wks.
Some centres hold onto you for 24hrs, mainly because they catheterise you for 12hrs after surgery, and want to make sure ptl isn't a problem (again rare). My bleeding was surprisingly minimal so try not to worry about that.
Here in the UK it's uncommon for them to listen in for a hb before 15wks. It's not easy to find one at that early stage so most here don't bother trying.
As for bed rest, it's advisable to stay completely off your feet for a few days (I found it almost impossible to move afterwards anyway), and then beyond that it's personal choice. I haven't come across a Doctor yet who recommends bed rest after an elective stitch, but I did it anyway because I felt like I would go into labour if I moved around too much, and I didn't see the harm in doing everything possible to stay pregnant. I am sure tho that had I felt 'normal' and not quite so much pressure and cramps I would have moved around more.
Hope that helps xx
PS - the pattern of tvu after my stitch was as follows, thought it might be useful for you ladies to see how things worked with me. I was scanned more than mosy because I was carrying two babies and had a stitch, and each team varies in its management of IC. Some docs don't do cl checks at all after surgery unless there is a problem.
13+4 - stitch, cervix floppy and completely atonal, not normal at 13wks and looked more like a 40wk cervix. It would admit a 5cm speculum with ease, NOT right
15+2 - tvu, cervix 2.8 no funneling
18+2 - tvu, 3.8 no funneling
20+6 - tvu, 3.1 no funneling/abdominal scan to check babies.
23+1 - went to L&D due to tightenings and had tvu with crappy portable scanner. Cervix was 3.8, but scanner not as accurate so it was likely shorter than this.
24+6 - tvu, 2.3 with funneling. Baby scan, boys not far short of 2Ibs each. (consultant very pleased and not worried by funneling, said it proved I had need a stitch and it was doing its job).
27+6 - tvu, 1.8 funneled to stitch. Babies 3.2 and 4.13Ibs ( remember that the stitch was holding the equivalent of a hefty full term singleton at this stage, and I had an extra placenta and bag of waters).
30+6 - tvu, 1.8 still funneled. Babies 4 and Had to beg for a tvu this time, consultant no longer concerned enough to even check my cervix by this point.
33+6 - no tvu, babies 7 and 6Ibs, booked in for section at 38+2 not thinking in a million yrs I'd make that date! How wrong was I. Consultant didn't scan or see me again after 34wks.
Hope that helps to show you just how brilliant an elective stitch can be ladies. I hope you don't think the journey for me was a calm, relaxed one either. It was terrifying, and the dream of making term was just that, a dream (or so I thought). I was plagued by contractions, aches, pressure, discharge and an overwhelming feeling of doom. I did make teem, and fulfill my dreams in double, so please take heart from that
Ich - my consultant at the hosp where i had the stitch was really vague about level of activity after the stitch, she basically said take it easy but not for how long or what she means by taking it easy.
One of the young docs who visited me day after stitch said she expected me to be up and about that day.... Wtf?!?!?!?
Then I managed to get high risk doc from my hospital where i will have my high risk antenatal care on the phone Wednesday , the day after I got home, she said rest at least a week, shower toilet and meals upright only.
So I'm taking that last bit of advice and staying as horizontal as possible.
Hello everyone...am fairly new to this Site...this is my 3rd pregnancy....my first 2 were full term first being a c-section and second natural. I had my 18 +week ultrasound last week where they noticed my cervix is short....1.4 cm...they forwarded my file is to the walk in affiliated with the lab and the doctor gave me the news he then contacted my on from my last pregnancy and informed her of the report. She hen called me in the evening the same day and instructed me to come straight to the triage for further examination...I was in. More shock and concern because I never thought this would be happening to my baby and me...
I told my husband and he got up right away and we went to the triage. The doctor did her examination and prescribed progesterone and of course booked my appointment with the high risk clinic.
Came time for my appointment with the high risk clinic where I hadn't 19th+ week us done...by looking at the tech's concerned face I started panicking....she then called a doctor in the room after sending me in the waiting room..they closed the door so I wouldn't hear......
The doctor came out and called me to the reception desk and told me that it seems that I have dilated quite a bit more then last Thursday and my cervix has shortened a minute amount but to keep me from crying she told me my ob is at the triage....
As I went to triage I gave my health care and told them my doctor has been notified...after 10 minutes I had 2 nurses come out to the waiting room to take me in and one asked me if I had someone with mme I said not she said that itwould be able great idea to call someone.....I called my hubby who was at school to come....within 5 minutes he was there a me....a few hours passed and the doctor came and she told us the cons of what was happening we might loose our baby we might have it buthewill havehandicaps...
I just started crying....
After a few hours of more monitoring we decided to go for the stitch....
I am obstruct bed rest at20 weeks 3 days pregnant hoping and praying this will be successful....
I have been following this thread for a little while, and have a quick question for ladies who have had a cerclage, I had mine placed at 24+5 with very little cervix left, I had a modified shirodkar(?) and am now 32 weeks, having been on hospital bed rest since the op. A fortnight ago I had 1.4 cms left below my stitch which looked closed. Yesterday and today I have had an increase in discharge and been a bit constipated, this afternoon when I used the bathroom I had bloody ( pinkish tinged ) mucus on wipping, I am waiting for my dr to call the ward staff back, but is this normal / okay? Could the stitch still be holding okay? we are just trying so hard to get to 34-36 weeks
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