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post #21 of 91

Yay for both of us!!

post #22 of 91
I had my anatomy scan yesterday. The tech measured my cervix and said its about 3cm long. Didn't seem concerned at all. Now I just read on a preterm labor site (I know I know, pregnant women shouldn't google..) and it said a cervical length of 3.0 to 3.5 isn't expected until 32 to 36 weeks pregnant. I'm only 22 weeks! Should I be worried? It was an abdominal ultrasound, not transvaginal. I know the most accurate way to measure is with the transvaginal.
post #23 of 91
Thread Starter 
They could be wrong plus I would talk with your OB/midwife to see if they are concerned. An exam may show that you are longer than what they measured. Ultrasounds can be wrong with measurements.
post #24 of 91

Oh gosh the abdominal ultrasound could be way off on your cervix.  Definitely ask about it and have them measure you with a transvaginal ultrasound if you would feel better.  They measured mine a few days ago via transvaginal ultrasound. and it was like '4.85'cm which of course isn't 100% accurate but they get points for precision confidence!

post #25 of 91
I'll definitely talk to my OB when I see him next. I have an appt a week from today. He's measured it every time so I guess if its gotten shorter maybe that would be cause for concern. I think I've talked myself off the ledge. Thanks ladies!
post #26 of 91
I was 3.4 cm at 19 weeks. Doc said anything over 2.5 was great. I'm almost 22 weeks now and probably won't have it checked again until 26 weeks.
post #27 of 91

Oh, huh.  My doctor a few days ago said that they liked it to be over 3.5 to not be concerned.  I wonder why there would be so much variance??!  So confusing!  Not like this stuff involving monitoring and trying to prevent preterm labor is an exact science--far from it. 

post #28 of 91
Alright well I had my OB appt today. He measured my cervix and said its the same as last week at my anatomy scan. But, he wants to see me every 2 weeks to monitor it more closely. Also basically told me to limit sex.
post #29 of 91

Mamamash, I hope it turns out to be nothing and he's just being over cautious.

 

it's so strange to me that drs are checking your cervices- is that normal nowadays?  my older 2 were delivered by OBs, and they didn't start doing internal checks until the latter part of the pregnancy.  the midwives I've had this and last time haven't done it, either.  seems like a strange thing to check unless something's seriously wrong.

post #30 of 91
Oh, he is not doing an internal exam. He measures it via ultrasound. He doesn't want to do any checks and cause contractions.
post #31 of 91

oh, that makes more sense- but he uses ultrasound at every appointment?  sorry for all the questions- i guess things have really changed in OB care!

post #32 of 91
He does use the ultrasound every appt. I feel the benefits out way the risk in my situation. And I'd prefer a quick 2 minute ultrasound over an internal exam.
post #33 of 91
He does use the ultrasound every appt. I feel the benefits out way the risk in my situation. And I'd prefer a quick 2 minute ultrasound over an internal exam.
post #34 of 91
He does use the ultrasound every appt. I feel the benefits out way the risk in my situation. And I'd prefer a quick 2 minute ultrasound over an internal exam.
post #35 of 91
Jeez sorry for the triple post.
post #36 of 91
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Originally Posted by Jennyanydots View Post

Mamamash, I hope it turns out to be nothing and he's just being over cautious.

 

it's so strange to me that drs are checking your cervices- is that normal nowadays?  my older 2 were delivered by OBs, and they didn't start doing internal checks until the latter part of the pregnancy.  the midwives I've had this and last time haven't done it, either.  seems like a strange thing to check unless something's seriously wrong.

No, it's not normal nowadays to check the cervix in the second trimester.  This thread is is a discussion for us women who are (or suspect that they are) in a high risk (for preterm labor) pregnancy and who have cause to suspect that the activity of their uterus/cervix is not normal and could be leading to a threat of preterm delivery..

 

For me, this concern is based on previous preterm deliveries (1) and pregnancies involving  PTL symptoms (2) (from contractions that aren't actually harmless 'braxton hicks' contractions, they are actually affecting the cervix).  

post #37 of 91

What Serafina said.

 

I had PTL last year and delivered my baby one day before 18 weeks. They are watching me like a HAWK! I don't get it checked every visit. I've only had it checked once by ultrasound since I was hospitalized. My next official u/s is at 26 weeks. I may ask that it be checked manually next week though at my 23 week visit (I see my OB every 2 weeks, I get my progesterone shot every week). She may not do it and wait until my u/s.

post #38 of 91
Yep, what serafina and Thebyr said.

Thank god I have never had PTL. I'm being monitored so closely due to previous cervical surgeries and procedures that put me at a greater risk for incompetent cervix. My doctor may end up checking me manually some visits instead of doing an ultrasound every 2 weeks. I'm hoping he is just being overly cautious and that I don't end up having any issues.
post #39 of 91
Sorry to intrude. I guess I didn't read thoroughly enough to know I was in the wrong place. I thought this was a similar thread I'd posted in about Braxton Hicks contractions, which I've always gotten early and often. I will unsub from your thread.
post #40 of 91
Jenny I don't think anyone was trying to tell you that you were out of place. The tread is named Braxton Hicks, nothing in the title gives away that its a thread about ptl. I was not bothered at all by your questions! Sorry if I came off the wrong way smile.gif
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