Pregnancy Update: For those of you who don’t know why I have had such a hard time carrying my babies, it’s because I have an incompetent cervix. In other words, cervical insufficiency, my cervix can’t hold the weight of my baby during the second trimester of my pregnancy. I was born without this imaginary band that’s suppose to be at the top of my cervix and it’s job is to keep my cervix closed until full-term birth around 37-40 weeks.
Since losing pregnancies with my son and my twin boys, I’ve gotten a transabdominal cerclage (TAC) placed. You can watch my TAC surgery on our Youtube Channel, GoodwinSZN. My recovery was awful for the first three days and got better by day seven. I was walking upright after day four but my incision burned until day seven. However, my incision healed perfectly.
A Brief History of My Past Pregnancies
I am currently 18 weeks pregnant as I write this blog. I loss both of my previous pregnancies in my 19th week. With my first son in 2017 I was told at my 19 week appointment that I only had 1.8cm of cervix closed and I was funneling. I was given a rescue cerclage and a 50/50 chance. Last year with my twin boys, I went in at 18 weeks and was told that I was funneling past my laparoscopic transabdominal cerclage (LapTAC). The funneling caused contractions and baby A’s sac ruptured at 19 weeks. A rollercoaster of events happened after this which resulted in the loss of both of my boys. You can read a detailed blog about my pregnancies losses HERE.
So you can see why these upcoming weeks are very scary for me. I am feeling fine and doing fine as usual for those wondering. I guess some people might believe I have several complications resulting in my losses but my losses were silent. Incompetent cervix creeps up on you and when you find it, it’s mostly always too late. To be clear, I have smooth easy pregnancies with no morning sickness, no pain, no nothing. My losses happened suddenly and there was no way of knowing or preventing my losses even with early or emergency preventions. Point is, I have a very weak cervix.
Thankfully, I was given a lot of hope and confidence from my TAC doctor, Dr. Haney. He has been keeping up with me throughout my pregnancy and he constantly reassures me that everything will be alright. My cervix will not move one bit with my Dr. Haney TAC in place. I just ask that you all continue to pray for me, my husband, and our baby that we may find peace and calmness through these upcoming weeks. I am so happy this go round as my anxiety levels are very low.
Recent Doctor’s Visit
I’ve been having cervical length checks every two weeks. These length checks will continue until my 24th week, followed by monthly ultrasounds and length check up until 36 weeks. Right now, any feeling I have near my cervix causes me to panic a little. But then I have to realize that my God is an awesome God. Thank you Jesus!
I recently went for my anomaly scan at 18 weeks. Good News: My cervix was still closed and as long as it was two weeks before. We got to see our baby again which was a blessing. This mid-pregnancy scan is to insure that our baby is grown properly and has no organ deformities. Our baby looked nice and healthy but we have to go back in a week because our baby decided that he/she wanted to have a field day in my belly; just wouldn’t sit still for the sonographer. In all, our baby is healthy and growing accordingly.
Won’t he do it!