So What Now?… What Are My Plans?
After the loss of my baby boy due to an incompetent cervix, I went to visit my OB (Obstetrician) for my post-partum check up. An OB is the doctor that provides care for you and your baby during your pregnancy, and they can sometimes deliver your baby. I had to have a check up to make sure I was healing properly. At this appointment, they check your cervix to make sure its shrinking.
During my appointment, we discussed my issue of incompetent cervix. My OB told me everything looked great as far as my pregnancy; baby was completely healthy. I didn’t have any infections. Having an infection during pregnancy can cause your membranes (the sac your baby is in) to rupture prematurely. There was no other explanation but to point at the fact that I had cervical shortening very early.
So, what now? Can we get pregnant again? Will we ever be able to have children? The answer is yes. My OB told me that having an incompetent cervix is treatable. The next time I get pregnant, I will need to get a Preventative Cerclage placed between 12 and 15 weeks. A cerclage is a tough, non-stretchy band that is stitch around the bottom of your cervix in order to keep it shut. I will also have to take Makenna shots (P17 shots) starting at 16 weeks to provide extra strengthening and length to my cervix.
After hearing all of these amazing statistics about the Preventative Cerclage, I started to become relieved and a little happier. In my head, I’m thinking, wow my babies will have a better chance at survival.
After I left my doctor, I started to do my research. I started receiving several dm’s on my Instagram from different women who experienced a loss due to incompetent cervix. They were telling me about joining a group called, Abbyloopers. So, I took it upon myself and joined their Facebook. It is a wonderful resource for women who have incompetent cervix. If you’re searching for a support group after a loss from incompetent cervix, you can find their information under my resources page, below my “About Me” tab.
Transabdominal Cerclage VS Preventative Cerclage
While reading through their group discussions, I learned about a more permanent solution called, Transabdominal Cerclage (TAC). Basically this type of cerclage is placed while under a local anesthetic or anesthesia. You can get the procedure done laparoscopically or surgically through a c-section cut. The goal is to not remove it at all because you can use it for all of your pregnancies.
Seems like this would be the better option since you only have to do the procedure once. With the Preventative Cerclage, you have to get them placed during each pregnancy and then they have to cut it out around 36 or 37 weeks. Only downfall with the TAC is that you would have to have a c-section to deliver your baby. You can’t labor through a TAC because it is place inside of your body at the top of your cervix. You see, half of your cervix is exposed in your vagina and the other half is internal.
What do you think?
After doing my research, I’m leaning more towards the permanent solution. Who cares if you have to have a c-section. Seems like its becoming the norm now anyway. I never imagined having a c-section and never wanted to have one. However, if it allows me to bring my precious bundles of joy home, then i’ll take it. Hands Down! What are your thoughts?
I’ve seen so many women who have tried the Preventative Cerclage and it ended up failing. In the end, these women ended up losing another pregnancy in the second trimester. I can’t go through another loss. When I was pregnant, it seemed like it took forever to make it to the second trimester. I was so glad I made it past the first trimester, because that’s when most pregnancies end in miscarriage. My incompetent cervix got the best of me. But I won’t allow this to happen again. I am going to do whatever it takes.
Thanks for reading,