I ask this because between having my DS2 and this pg, I had a LEEP procedure down due to pre-cancerous cells on my cervix. I have been reading a lot of stories lately of women who have had this done and then experienced hours/days of little to no dilation as a result of scar tissue build-up on their cervix from the LEEP procedure. I would love to hear any stories from those of you who may have had this procedure but then did not end up with dilation delays or the need to have your OB or midwife manually break apart the scar tissue during labor (which I hear can be very painful)... actually any experience with laboring/delivery after a LEEP procedure would be helpful to hear!
At this stage of my pg with DS1 and DS2, I was at 3 cm dilated and 4-5cm dilated right around my EDD. My EDD for this pg is today, and as of a few days ago, I was at 1 1/2 cm dilation. My FEAR now is that I do have some scar tissue build-up that is not allowing me to dilate as fully as I have with my previous pg prior to labor - I would think I'd at least dilate as much as my 1st pg, if not more since my body has "done this before." I have another midwife appointment today (am planning my 2nd homebirth) and will talk to her about it, but in the meantime thought if I heard some stories from women who have 'been there, done that' then maybe it would give me a little peace of mind.
Thanks in advance for your feedback and/or stories!
Kelly, mama to DS1 and DS2 (8/05, 7/07) and expecting DD around 10/7/10
Good luck to you, I hope all goes well. I'm sure your body will do its thing and do it beautifully!
laura, dh Brian, ds Rory 14, dd Ellie 13, ds Caelan 11, ds Seamus 9, ds Finn 7 and Penelope 2 !!!!
I had a LEEP done last October, and am due in November with #2. I have been having similar concerns, as has my MW. She checked my cervix today (didn't do an initial cervical/pelvic exam) and said that it didn't feel like there was any scar tissue build up, and that my cervix was very soft and would most likely "melt away" and give me a fairly quick labor. She is going to check again at 38 weeks (i'm 35+5 right now) and said that we should know for sure by then if there is going to be any issue with the LEEP.
Catie - Happy wife to Aaron (01.05), mama to Liam(08.08), and Ian (11.10)! and due Feb 2013 with blessing #3!
After another procedure to break apart the adhesions, I had an IUD inserted a the same time which seemed to work.
I had no trouble dilating when in labour with DD.
Mama to DD Feb '08 (9lbs), DS Oct '10 (10lbs) , DD Jan '13
Here it is!
Cervical Scar Tissue
I won't be getting checked until 40 weeks. I'll be keeping an eye out to see how yours goes- best wishes for good dialation and quick and easy labor!
Good luck mama! You'll be fine!
I did use Barleens Brand EPO 3-4 capsules nightly and I do feel this helped the cervix to ripen easily.
Overall my labor was easier, faster, and less complicated than my first and I hope my story gives you some peace of mind.
Leslie, mama to Paige 8, Zara 3 and Audrey, Sophia & Nina June 7/11 @32.6
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