Is there a way my doctor could check to see if I have an incompetent cervix? My mother had four miscarriages around 5 months or so due to this and I am worried I will have it to. I have read that it is not hereditary, but I am still worried.
I see my doctor on Monday for my monthly checkup and want to ask her.
I have an Incompetent Cervix,and i'm really sorry but waht i have to say isn't going to make you feel better !
Generally speaking,unless you have a scan to reveal that you have a uterine malformation that could put you at risk of IC or have had work done on your cervix in the past, Doctors wont check for IC unless you have had 2 or more 2nd tri miscarriages/premature births.
The good news is that it ISNT heriditary,so i really would try and relax.
The only way to prevent an IC from opening is to have fortnightly scans on the cervix to check it's length,and if it begins to 'shorten' as mine has,they put in a stitch to hold the cervix closed.
As i said i really would try not to worry,you are not your mother and i wish you a very happy and healthy 9 months!
Thanks so much for your reply. It's so sad to me that they don't check these routinely given how tramatic a loss it is. I always felt badly for my mother suffering through all of her losses, but now that I am pregnant I couldn't imagine losing a baby at this stage and she lost four at this stage.
Maybe I will just mention my concern to my doctor next week just to see if she has anything to say. I guess it couldn't hurt to ask!
My first child was born prematurely at 29 weeks. Sadly, due to medical negligence he didn't make it. This time around I had a cervical stitch put in at 16 weeks due to my previous preterm labour and the fact that I'm expecting twins. I still worry everyday that something will go wrong, but I do feel somewhat at ease with a stitch in place.
That said, it isn't hereditary, so please try not to stress too much about it.
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