I had cervical cancer shortly before #2 which resulted in a cone-ization therefor was diagnosed with an incompetent cervix. We were hoping that since it has been so long that my cervix has had plenty of time to heal.
Well, I had some contractions about 2 weeks ago, made sure I drank tons and went to bed - they lasted about 2 hours but then went away. Then last night they started up again, this time laying down didn't help and I got in the tub for about an hour, they stopped and I went to bed. Today I have had a few painful ones although they are not regular.
I am thinking if I have more tonight and tomorrow I should call the MW on monday and possibly ask for an internal. This would be my first so she doesn't have anything to compare to but I was thinking that if I'm not dialating I don't have to worry so much and if I am dialating maybe I should go on bedrest (I do work outside the home, my last day is supposed to be 5/30). This little bugger needs to stay put for at least another 2 weeks.
What would you do? Ask for the internal? Wait it out?
Any suggestions would be great.
I wanted to thank you Circle of Life MW for your thoughtful response. I am a very positive person. I have a part time (6 hours) day job as well as being a personal trainer 3 evenings a week. Being a trainer is great because I am in very good physical condition but I spend quite a bit of time on my feet. If dilation were occuring I would quit both jobs immediately. However, if I am not I would like to continue working.
I am seeing my MW tomorrow for our birthing class and I will discuss with her your recommendations and see what she says.
This may just be the way things are for the remainder of my pregnancy and could go on for another 4-6 weeks. Time will tell.
I think I will have her check to give me peace of mind. I think it will also help with my visualization and if need be I will focus all of my attention away from my jobs and solely on my most important job of carrying this babe to a safter time. He or she is my #1 priority and I want to give my body and this baby as much of my undivided attention as it needs.
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