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Karen - spouse to dh for 11 years, mama to ds (Nov '02), dd (May '05) and ds and dd (Jun '08)
I can't remember my exact numbers but I know that my cervix length was quite long for many of my ultrasounds. At around 31-32 weeks I had some regular contractions and was in the hospital for 3 days to be monitored. During that time I did have an internal exam by the OB and was told the cervix length was only about 1cm and I was 2cm dilated. The contractions stopped and I went on to carry my twins (taking it very easy) until 1 day shy of 37 weeks.
I don't really know whether it's the length at any particular time or the contractions+shortening that is more of a concern. Did they say if you were funnelling at all?
FWIW, my cervical length at about 26 weeks was 3.5 cm, and suddenly at 27 I had a run of PTL and was down to 1.3 cm and funnelling, and I went straight to L&D, where my cervix said that's all folks and started dilating (they managed to keep me pregnant for 2 more weeks). Not sure how helpful that is, but you asked for measurements. I hope you can hold out a good while longer!
Wow, I actually wrote some of this down (um, that was before I had twins )
26 weeks - 4 cm
33 weeks - 3.3 cm
I had an u/s done at 36 weeks but they stop measuring the cervix at that point I guess because they aren't as concerned about PTL. I gave birth at 37 weeks + 1 day. I did have a ton of bh contrax particularly around 24 weeks that frightened me enough to be assessed in the L&D (um, that and I had just read Dr. Luke's book which I think freaked me out a bit). Of course, all was fine, but it was very reassuring to be checked out nonetheless.
By 31 weeks I was getting LOTS of rest and letting dh do pretty much everything. It's worth it to take it easy and if anything doesn't feel right I wouldn't hesitate to go see your care provider.
Wishing you all the best in these last several weeks - they can be the toughest!
No there was no funnelling at all. No dilation either (per a vaginal exam). The round of contractions I had lasted for about 3-4 hours. They were fairly light but coming at regular intervals which was enough to have me question them. I haven't had any since. The fetal fibronectin test came back negative.
Thanks for providing your info!!
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