I am starting this thread to help women become aware of incompetent cervix and give those suffering from the condition a place for support when planning to ttc, are ttc, are pregnant, have suffered a loss due to IC and even those who beat IC.
I am including a list of members of this thread and their current IC statuses (pregnant, beat IC or TTC with IC). I am also including information for those who feel they may have this condition or are just curious about it.....
We also have a fb page so feel free to request an add!!!
Here is a siggy my friend on here made (I will link her profile soon)
DO NOT USE THIS INFORMATION TO DIAGNOSE YOURSELF! IF YOU SUSPECT THAT YOU MAY HAVE IT TALK WITH YOUR OB/GYN OR MID-WIFE!
Incompetent Cervix (IC) is something that I am seeing more and more around baby gaga and even outside of the internet. Many people do not know what this is because it is not well known about unless you or someone close to you suffers from it so some may be asking…”What is Incompetent Cervix?”
I think American Pregnancy Association says it in the best way possible:
“During pregnancy, as the baby grows and gets heavier, it presses on the cervix. This pressure may cause the cervix to start to open before the baby is ready to be born. This condition is called incompetent cervix or weakened cervix, and it may lead to a miscarriage or premature delivery. However, an incompetent cervix happens in only about 1 out of 100 pregnancies.” (Last updated 01/2007)
What can be the cause of IC?
“A weakened cervix can be caused by one or more of the following conditions:
* Previous surgery on the cervix
* Damage during a difficult birth
* Malformed cervix or uterus from a birth defect
* Previous trauma to the cervix, such as a D&C (dilation and curettage) from a termination or a miscarriage
* DES (Diethylstilbestrol) exposure” (American Pregnancy Association, 2007).
When a doctor has discovered that you have IC they often have their own preferences as to what route they would like to see you go. Here are some of those options:
- Cerclage – stitched the cervix to reinforce it from opening.
There are 3 kinds of stitches that can be used.
- Transabdominal Cerclage. (AKA TAC)
The first 2 types are removed before birth but the last is usually left to remain in place and requires a woman to have a c-section.
- Bed rest is another option for women with IC and often accompanies a cerclage. Sometimes it is moderate bed rest while other times it is strict.
- Progestrone injections which are used to help relax the uterus so that is is less likely to contract.
These can be used separately but from what I have personally seen they USUALLY go hand in hand. Some women are lucky enough to only need the cerclage though!
There are risks to having a cerclage placed but sometimes the chances of a healthy baby out weight those risks!!
For more info on cerclages please check out this site! (thanks Rinnie!)
PLEASE, IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTION FEEL FREE TO ASK BUT REMEMBER, SENSITIVITY IS HEIGHTENED WITH SOME WOMEN WITH IC!!
I don't expect a lot of posts tonight because most of the people I know aren't on that have it but if this helps someone then good!