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Hello! (introduction, and a "friable cervix")

post #1 of 9
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Edited: I moved my info to the introduction thread! smile.gif 

I'm pregnant!! joy.gif  Between 5 1/2 - 6 weeks along, as best we can tell (I think EDD May 9).  I say "as best we can tell" because I've just been diagnosed with a severely friable cervix (we're talking, everyday activity makes it bleed).  I've been dealing with major spotting between periods for a few months and have had spotting (only brown, mostly scant but sometimes a little heavier) on and off since my BFP two weeks ago.  I am seeing a wonderful midwife who is very supportive and lovely, and who tells me that I may just have to *deal* with spotting throughout my entire pregnancy.  This did not happen with DD and I am trying to reconcile myself to this -- but it's hard, obviously.  I just had an exam today and she told me that everything looks good (cervix is closed, blood is old and from the outside of the cervix), but that there's enough blood to be sure that I'll be spotting for a little while longer.  I don't have any infections, STDs, and I don't have cervical dysplasia/cancer -- after I was diagnosed with HPV several years ago, I have had more than regular Paps, and I am frequently tested for HPV to be on the safe side.  I don't have an active infection right now.

 

So far, I am not pushing for an ultrasound or for any other info, because she has reassured me that this spotting is completely unrelated to a miscarriage.  Which doesn't mean, of course, one won't happen -- it is still early after all -- but just that my current spotting is not related to one.

 

So all of this means that... well, my cervix is just.... irritable and irritated. eyesroll.gif  I've decided not to change my exercise routine (which consists of bicycling, walking, swimming, and yoga, all low-impact activities) and I've also decided to go with the flow, so to speak -- just to take care of myself, eat very healthy, keep myself *extremely* well-hydrated, and try to stay calm and centered.  I have been the opposite of all of those things for the past two weeks.  But I know this will be challenging, and I really need a support group around me.  We've just moved to our town and I don't really know anyone well enough to talk about these sorts of things with (I mostly know my new work colleagues -- and I'm not bringing up a "friable cervix" at work!).  So, is it okay if I hang around here for awhile?  whistling.gif


Thanks in advance, Mamas.
 


Edited by crunchybroccoli - 9/13/12 at 5:49am
post #2 of 9

Welcome and congratulations! jumpers.gif

 

The thought of spotting throughout an entire pregnancy does not sound fun, I agree! But it sounds like you have a great caregiver and some peace of mind that the spotting is not related to a miscarriage. That's a good thing!

 

Here's to a calm and centered first trimester for you and all the other pregnant mamas too. smile.gif

post #3 of 9

Welcome!

 

Wow, that does sound like a drag, but I'm really impressed you are not going to let it cramp your regular activities. Good for you! I'm sure if it becomes a bigger problem that would imply curbing your activity, your caregiver would let you know. Do you have to worry about "incompetent" cervix at all, or is that unrelated?
 

post #4 of 9
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Originally Posted by porcelina View Post

Welcome!

 

Wow, that does sound like a drag, but I'm really impressed you are not going to let it cramp your regular activities. Good for you! I'm sure if it becomes a bigger problem that would imply curbing your activity, your caregiver would let you know. Do you have to worry about "incompetent" cervix at all, or is that unrelated?
 

 

Hi, Snozzberry and Porcelina!!  Porcelina, I'm not sure, honestly.  The dreaded Google search seems to suggest that they may be related (or, at least, that a "friable cervix" seems to be correlated with an increased risk of m/c) but my midwife didn't say anything about cervical incompetence or an increased risk, and I really trust her.  She basically said, "you're normal until you prove me otherwise, and right now, you look normal."  Plus, I carried DD to term with no complications last pregnancy -- only an over-zealous OB.  I have to say that, since my appointment yesterday, all the spotting has stopped -- I'm not sure why, since my midwife said it would definitely continue.  But, I am trying to be grateful for at least this little break.  smile.gif  I have been taking it easier the past few days -- at least, I haven't been biking back and forth to work, but walking one way and getting a ride the other -- so maybe that's related?  If so, I might reconsider biking; I'd hate not to do it, but it *is* relieving to see the spotting going away.  Anyway, thanks so much for checking in -- I really appreciate the support!

post #5 of 9

Ah, that is good -- you already carried one baby to term, so chances are probably really low you would have trouble this time around. Your midwife sounds awesome!
 

post #6 of 9
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I think so, at least! thumb.gif  I am having SUCH a positive experience with her, so different than with my OB last time.  She is so calm, so positive, so reassuring -- and is not just throwing information at me, but is really gauging what information I need at this point.  (I.e., I'm sure she knows about the increased risks, etc. but doesn't feel I need to even be thinking about that right now, since I have no other signs of problems besides the spotting.  Which still hasn't returned... orngbiggrin.gif  I am really enjoying the break!!)  I feel really lucky, since I have just moved to the area -- but I did a lot of research on a VBAC friendly hospital/birth-center with a longstanding midwife program, and so far I am feeling really, really good about where I ended up!
 

post #7 of 9
Good luck with everything. I'm sending you good vibes for a happy long & closed cervix!! I see patients that have had spotting through their pregnancies all the time with perfectly healthy babies. I think the best thing is to stay positive & go with the flow just as you have been. I'm so happy you found a supportive provider. That makes the world of difference. Good luck leaning your new town as well :-)
post #8 of 9
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SuperMujer, it's so great to hear success stories with spotting throughout pregnancy!  I am trying to remain positive -- spotting returned yesterday, but still scant -- but it's still a little nerve-wracking.  I don't know if I will ever get to the point where I think spotting = normal.  But I'm still having symptoms and no cramping or red blood -- so that's good I guess!  Thanks for the support.
 

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Originally Posted by crunchybroccoli View Post

I am trying to remain positive -- spotting returned yesterday, but still scant -- but it's still a little nerve-wracking.  I don't know if I will ever get to the point where I think spotting = normal.  But I'm still having symptoms and no cramping or red blood -- so that's good I guess!
 

 

Exactly how I'm feeling! Here's to staying positive and sticky babies...

 

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