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Hello everyone. I am a bit concerned. I went for my first prenatal appointment yesterday. I am 7 weeks today. The midwife did a vaginal exam and said she was concerned about the length of my cervix. She ordered a vaginal ultrasound for later this week. I of course googled short cervix and am now completely freaking out. Evidently, it can cause 2nd trimester miscarriage or preterm labor. Anyone else have this diagnosis? I am going to go crazy until my ultrasound.
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replied June 12th, 2007
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tss78 wrote:
Hello everyone. I am a bit concerned. I went for my first prenatal appointment yesterday. I am 7 weeks today. The midwife did a vaginal exam and said she was concerned about the length of my cervix. She ordered a vaginal ultrasound for later this week. I of course googled short cervix and am now completely freaking out. Evidently, it can cause 2nd trimester miscarriage or preterm labor. Anyone else have this diagnosis? I am going to go crazy until my ultrasound.


What is the length of your cervix? It is a concern but the length can actually change. If it is over 3, I wouldn't be too concerned. 2.5 to 3 is a little concerning but anything under 2.5 typically means bedrest or modified activities. Mine measured 2.1 when I was around 20 weeks (I think 20 weeks). I just had to continue modified bedrest, which basically means "take it easy." My cervix is now measuring around 2.7 to 3.0. It is a little short but not too bad. I know some other women whose cervical lenth fluctuates greatly as well. I am 34 weeks and the baby is doing fine. There is still a chance of premature labor but you never know, the baby could decide to be late!

If your cervix ends up being really short as indicated by the ultrasound, I would look for a perinatologist when you are around 13 weeks. Just for another opinion at least.
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replied June 12th, 2007
Thanks for the reply. I do not know the length. I will have the ultrasound on thursday and we will see then I guess. This is my first baby and it took me a while to get pregnant, so I am a little nervous about something going wrong. Hopefuly, my worries will be eased on Thursday. Thanks again for your response and I will take your advice about seeing a specialist if there are any concerns.
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replied June 14th, 2007
Just a little update. I had my ultrasound today and all is well. My cervix measured 4.16 and everything else looked good. I even got to see and hear the heartbeat! It was amazing considering my little bean is only 7 weeks 3 days!
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replied June 14th, 2007
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Congrats on your first photo shoot! I learned about these cervix issues when a girlfriend of mine was pregnant. They will do an ultrasound for you now so that they can have a baseline measurement to see if your cervix is thinning throughout your pregnancy or staying the same. If your cervix is just congenitally short, then you don't have a whole lot to worry about. Many women go through their pregnancy just fine without any trouble. If it is thinning too early inthe pregnancy, your care provider may become concerned and request for you to have a cerclage. This is essentially sewing the cervix shut to prevent premature labor. Many women do just fine after this procedure as well. Luckily, your care provider caught this early so they can keep a good eye on it for you. Good luck!
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replied March 15th, 2009
I often do cervix exam in early pregnany is it any harm my baby?
I am 8 weeks pregnant now.Last two week i feel pink color spotting.Last friend i went emergency room they did some ultrasound exam and some cervix also.They said by was normal.

Again i went last tuesday i went my normal checkup ,my doc did some pap exam and cervix exam.
Again today i feel more vomitting and red color spotting(like blood) .So i went emergency room they did ultrasound exam and cervix exam using spectaculm.

SO,every week i am doing cervix exam using spectaculm.is this exam harm my baby.?
Why everyday i am feeling spotting?is it normal?
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Three Lines in the ultra sound...Is it for sure a girl?
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replied June 22nd, 2010
short cervix?
I went for my first prenatal visit yesterday and my midwife said that my cervix was about a cm dialated and only a cm long and that she saw some tissue in the cervix. She gave me the impression that a miscarriage was almost certainly already in progress and ordered and ultrasound.

the ultrasound revealed a healthy nine week fetus - moving, good heart beat etc. and that the cervix looked perfectly fine.

But what about the original assessment - i don't feel like i got a good explanation to remedy these conflicting pieces of info....

Has anyone had a similar experience?
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